The 2019 Met Gala may have come and gone, but some looks are still worth dissecting and mulling over. Case in point: Kim Kardashian's “dripping wet” Thierry Mugler dress that accentuated her, um, super tiny waist.
When Kim K stepped out on that cotton-candy-pink carpet, jaws everywhere dropped at the mere sight of her itty bitty waist. Admittedly, she didn't look all that comfortable, and for good reason: She had literally been strapped into the mother of all corsets with the help of three grown men.
And now we know that her Met Gala prep went a step further. The reality TV star recently revealed that she also took — wait for it — literal breathing lessons to be able to wear that incredibly fitted corset.
Vogue was there to document the whole process.
All hands were on deck to help Kardashian get into the crazy-tight corset. She was quite literally sucked into the piece, Marie Antoinette-style. She had the help of several hands, including three grown men, to get her into that nude full-body corset. With each pull of those lace-up ties, her waist began to disappear before our very eyes. It was definitely intense to watch.
She had some trouble sitting down.
"Anna, if I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why,” she said slowly, struggling to lower herself into the seat. And remember: When she finally got to the Met Gala, her walk along the pink carpet was pretty slow and steady, meaning she must've really been having a hard time even stepping one foot in front of the other. Doesn't this just sound... painful?
After the corset, she had to get into the actual dress.
Whew! Is anyone else just exhausted reading about this? Can you imagine actually doing this to your body? Her Mugler dress was made out of silicone, so it required lots of gentle hands and the utmost care to ensure the creation didn't tear or break.
"I've never seen a team like this before," Kardashian said in the behind-the-scenes video.
At last, she got into the darn thing.
Sure, the whole process took a few hours, and Kardashian could probably barely breathe in that number, but anything for ~fashion~, right? Eh, maybe it's not simple. While the wet look with the small waist was definitely a head-turning look, we can't help but worry about her insides — are her organs going to be OK?! They certainly appeared to be under danger from being sucked in all night.
For what it's worth, the inspiration behind Kardashian's look was Sophia Loren.
Kardashian and Mugler looked to Loren in the 1957 Jean Negulesco-directed film Boy on a Dolphin for their Met Gala inspo. It was the first time Mugler designed for the House of Mugler in 20 years, and the creation reportedly took eight whole months to complete.
"He just envisioned me this California girl stepping out of the ocean, on the red carpet, wet, dripping, that is the vibe tonight," Kardashian told E! News.