The Amount of Time It Took to Create Simone Biles’ Met Gala 2021 Outfit Will Shock You

Published 09/14/2021, 10:23 AM EDT
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala – Met Gala – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – Arrivals – New York City, U.S. – September 13, 2021. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni


One of the biggest nights in the fashion calendar, the Met Gala 2021 saw the world’s top athletes stun everyone with their off-field looks. The GOAT of gymnastics, Simone Biles, also graced the Met Gala 2021 with her presence.

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Simone was the star of the show with her sparkling gown that took the designers roughly 9 months to create. Biles walked the red carpet with Olympic legend Allyson Felix, and Gap Inc.’s CEO Sonia Syngal.

Simone Biles’ 88Lb gown designed in 6,500 hours

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Olympic gymnast Simone created history at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, as she became the most decorated American gymnast in history. Simone has also been an advocate of mental health and has inspired athletes around the world.

Met Gala embraces celebrities from different fields in a star-studded night. Simone made her debut at the Met Gala 2021, wearing a custom look by AREA x Athleta. The look was designed by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area. Interestingly, it took 100 craftsmen and 6,650 hours that is slightly over 9 months to get the look ready.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala – Met Gala – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – Arrivals – New York City, U.S. – September 13, 2021. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Simone, who herself weighs 103.6-lb, wore a dress that weighed 88-lb, stunning everyone. It included a Swarovski crystal-embellished skirt, a mini dress underneath, and a night-sky inspired bodysuit.

Swarovski Glass Crystal chains embedded in her dress

The 88-pound outfit had over 17,000 feet of Swarovski Glass crystal chains. In addition, the dress also had almost 200 feet of tulle. The silver and black shining gown was so heavy that six men had to carry it for the Olympic star.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala – Met Gala – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – Arrivals – New York City, U.S. – September 13, 2021. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Biles combined the look with Fred Leighton’s jewelry that included a dangling pair of earrings. Later on, she wore the black bodysuit solo as she crossed the red carpet to attend the night full of stars.

Olympic legend Allyson Felix made her debut at the iconic fashion gala. Felix wore a Fendi ballgown which was made with 240,000 Ostrich Feathers. Simone’s fellow gymnast and Tokyo Olympics 2020, gold medalist Sunisa Lee, also made her debut.

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Many other popular athletes graced the gala with their attendance. A few names were tennis star Serena Williams, NBA star Stephen Curry, F1 legend Lewis Hamilton and USWNT star Megan Rapinoe.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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