Sailor Pluto Makes Surprise Appearance at the Met Gala—Sorta
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The Met Gala's camp-themed pink carpet saw Lady Gaga strip down through four costume changes and Zendaya re-enact Cinderella's fairy godmother moment. Monday was full of fantastical fanfare, but one star's get-up had Sailor Moon fans turning heads.
Model and actress Lily-Rose Depp appeared on the carpet in a vintage black Chanel haute couture dress with gold chains. The striking dress first appeared on the runway during the fashion house's spring/summer line in 1992. It also served as inspiration for color artwork of Setsuna Meioh, aka Sailor Pluto, in the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Gengashū Vol. III art book.
Takeuchi's original comments with the image in the book identified the dress as something supermodel Naomi Campbell wore.
Takeuchi regularly looked to magazine print ads and runways for inspiration. The characters Koan and Calaveras, two of the enemies from Sailor Moon R are designed almost wholesale from Thierry Mugler and Christian LaCroix looks that appeared on the runway in 1992. Princess Serenity's iconic dress is based on a Christian Dior gown. Arguably the most interesting is artwork of Super Sailor Moon inspired by William Blake's "Satan in his Original Glory.”
Depp hasn't stated that she was specifically trying to invoke the Pretty Guardians at the Met Gala; it's likely just a coincidence.
References: Miss Dream