Darren Criss at MET Gala 2019
Darren Criss totally nailed the ‘campy‘ theme of the 2019’s MET Gala. It doesn’t come as a surprise seen his multifaceted nature and his ability to act, sing and create any kind of art.
His custom Balmain ensemble was reminiscent of Harlequin from the Italian commedia dell’arte. His 13 lbs hand-beaded coattail jacket resembled that of the character because Arlecchino (in Italian) is characterized by his chequered costume which–in this case–was obviously translated into something more couture-like but reflecting Balmain‘s opulent aesthetic entirely. A giant bow and black pants and boots completed the look.
Here you can see groomer Jessica Ortiz working her magic on Darren‘s face (3rd slide) plus a time-lapse of her while she’s applying makeup on him. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she used “Shiseido Kajal InkArtist liner […] in Gunjo Blue for the eyes and Azuki Red for the lip strip.”
The colors obviously matched the beading of the coat.
You can watch a behind-the-scenes video of the preparation for the event, directly from a Balmain‘s IGTV down below.