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Rosalía takes the MET Gala by storm in a giant ‘mantón de Manila’
15 September 2021 @ 21:23

Spanish singer Rosalía's interpretation of the 'American Independence' theme at last night's MET Gala raised a few eyebrows as she took to the famous red carpet in a giant Manila shawl in tribute to fellow Iberian songstress Lola Flores.

Rosalía wore a red leather fringed outfit inspired by the Manila shawl (mantón de Manila) on Monday for her debut at the exclusive gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

"It's inspired by the Manila shawl, which is very popular in Spain. Look at these fringes!" the award-winning artist told actress Keke Palmer, host of the event, about her groundbreaking image, designed by Rick Owens.

The Manila shawl (mantón de Manila or mantón de seda) is an embroidered silk shawl derived from the Filipino pañuelo. They were popular in the Philippines, Latin America and Spain during the colonial era, before becoming popular in 19th century European fashions. Today the mantón de Manila is still an essential element in traditional women's clothing in Hispanic cultures, and is particularly prominent as part of the traje de flamenca worn by flamenco dancers.

Rosalía posed on the museum steps wearing high platform boots with a transparent heel, shorts and a top that wrapped around her shoulders like a Manila shawl, extending in a train of several metres adorned with fringes.

The theme for this year's Met Gala was all things American and the singer said she was "celebrating that there are many beautiful and incredible designers" in the country, of whom she said Owens was her favourite and that is way she had chosen him for her première.

Rosalía was due to make her debut appearance at what is widely considered to be the celebrity "party of the year" in May last year, but the global pandemic forced organisers to cancel it.

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