Danai Gurira is a stunning woman no matter what she is wearing and this year’s Met Gala look is no exception. The Walking Dead actress made a striking vision in royal blue at the event, whose 2022 theme was Gilded Glamour.
This year Vogue reports that Gurira wore a creation by 23-year-old Taofeek Abijako, a Nigerian designer and founder of Head of State. Gurira and Abijako wanted to embrace their African identities and used the historic international arts festival, Festac ’77, for inspiration.
The dress was made of Mikado, an Italian silk, as they wanted something luxe, and Gurira wanted the royal blue color, which she feels “works very well on African, dark skin.” Abijako added that the electric hue of the dress is in keeping with the theme as it was a common color of the period often used in paintings.
Her accessory is also a nod to their heritage as it is a Fly Whisk, used by influential people in African culture that was often used to emphasize both gestures and spoken words.
Look at this queen; she is stunning.
Danai Gurira Met Gala
The dress also embraces Americana, given the “Anthology of Fashion” exhibit within the Met celebrates American style. The top of the gown symbolizes the wings of an eagle which Gurira believes makes the dress feel as if it could fly.
Abijako always dreamed of creating a custom look for the Met Gala and often sketched items using the themes just for fun. And in 2022, his dream became a reality, and the result is nothing short of spectacular.
Check out the entire article at Vogue that offers some amazing behind-the-scenes photos of Gurira’s preparations for the red carpet.