May 3, 2011

Beyonce Knowles In Emilio Pucci – 2011 Met Gala

Posted by Catherine Kallon

I was hugely disappointed by Beyonce Knowles who walked the red carpet at the 2011 Met Gala in New York City this evening with her husband Jay-Z.

I had such high hopes for Bey in Emilio Pucci, but this style of dress is circa ‘Dream Girls’ which wasn’t a great period for the singer on the red carpet.

Her custom black mermaid gown with gold embroidery details has a really high neckline.

This high neckline was featured in many looks in the Fall 2011 collection, but I wish the neckline was open on this occasion.

I hoped this would be one of my favourites on the night, but it turned out to be my least favourite.

It might be a custom Pucci design, but it has Tina Knowles written all over it.

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144 Responses to Beyonce Knowles In Emilio Pucci – 2011 Met Gala

  1. Danielle May 4, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    I’m done. I can’t.

  2. Giada May 4, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    Reminded me of a golden print Versace shirt circa 1992. Absolutely stunning figure though.

  3. DivaMom May 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I just saw the camera phone footage on yahoo. She couldn’t even walk up the stairs in this horrendous number. My husband would have fussed at me the minute I put something on I couldn’t walk in. LOL And there she was with TWO men holding her up on either side so she didn’t hit the pavement. She looked injured!

  4. Alfie May 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Oh BTW, she’s going to be at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the L’Oreal girls.

  5. Alfie May 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    This is the MET Gala honoring Alexander McQueen and in a way I feel she did that but also gave us something that is very her but also something that another designer created. Isn’t that what we were all hoping for?

    The outcome wasn’t that great but I can appreciate that she tried to balance all 3 things.

    If this didn’t have a tulle fishtail and just continued down with the sequenced fabric that would have made it better, it would have elongated her a bit more seeing she’s being cut at 2 different places at her chest and at her knees. Add in a shiny tight fabric and the gold embellishments and she looks wider than she really is.

    I do wish the dress wasn’t sequin-filled where the black fabric is supposed to be. Velvet or something else would have been better and just have the gold embellishment be the only shiny attraction.

    This look had great potential.

  6. Alina May 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    As a fan of Beyonce,I’m sad.:(

  7. Nia May 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    It is disappointing that a woman so beautiful, dramatic and with a body like a goddess almost always fails so badly in the fashion department.

  8. Vidhya May 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    like they say in “The Devil wears Prada” … Catastrophe!!!!!

  9. Valeria May 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    i actually lke it in a costumey way – from waist up especially. But a dress does need to allow a girl to breathe and walk the steps

  10. Cynthia May 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Beyonce is pretty, but she needs to wear clothes that FIT……She ruined a very classy gown.

  11. robbie May 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    after seeing pictures of her having to be helped up the steps it makes me hate the dress more, sorry but when you cant even walk up steps by yourself in a dress perhaps that is a sign that the dress shouldnt be worn.

  12. DivaMom May 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    That lace above the bust is scaring me. It’s like she has hair sprouting around her boobage. me no likey!

  13. sabrina May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm #


  14. Rory May 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    WORST DRESSED OF THE WEEK AND WORST DRESSED OF THE YEAR. and i love beyonce…hurts my heart to say that. so disappointed in her. Miss Tina you need to stop!

  15. D May 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm #


  16. Gaber May 3, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I absolutely and utterly hate mermaid dresses.
    But outside of the fact that this is a mermaid dress, I think I might actually like it.

  17. Terry May 3, 2011 at 9:47 am #


  18. Lils May 3, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    I don’t like the hem and the high neckline. Her hair is nice though and the rest of the dress is ok.

  19. disneyrollergirl May 3, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Not loving the high neck and exploding cleavage. Far too much going on.

  20. Lee May 3, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    She looks like Babette from the Beauty and the Beast musical

    • ahot May 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm #


  21. Saara May 3, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    yikes. This is ugly.

  22. Sophia May 3, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    I thought Beyoncé was over the way-too-tight dresses. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I love that she celebrates her hot curves and this gown hugs them in all the right places, but I prefer the looks she wore lately. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I love this gown on her, I really like the high neckline.

  23. Emi May 3, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    A huge miss. Pucci? What? So vulgar… Yes, her mother did something to completely ruin this dress. I also think that her body doesn’t need such OTT dresses in real life (for videos is such a different thing), because it’s easy for her to look tacky.

  24. elle May 3, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    This looks so tight and uncomfortable. It’s unflattering she hugely missed this time.

  25. Matt May 3, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    GASP, an extremely tight tacky mermaid dress on Beyonce? that is so unexpected. *packs my stuff and leave*

  26. Leti May 3, 2011 at 5:08 am #


  27. Luis Santos May 3, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    She was the worst dressed and the moment when Beyonce getting some assistance up the stairs was hilarious!!

  28. mikeijames May 3, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    while i do enjoy beyonce’s look, it just doesn’t have the same fashion edge we saw from her during her days in paris. you can tell she wanted to pay homage to the mcqueen aesthetic, but i can’t help but wonder how she would’ve looked in the red mcqueen outfit she wore in her video!!!

  29. fabiana May 3, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    i absolutely hate it

    she looks trashy

  30. robbie May 3, 2011 at 4:04 am #

    by far one of the ugliest dresses ever created.

    • mm May 3, 2011 at 5:01 am #

      LOL to funny not ever created. LMAO

  31. Redseouls May 3, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    Not. Good.

  32. Luis Santos May 3, 2011 at 3:55 am #

    She was the worst dressed! The dress is a mix of Dolce & Gabanna and Mcqueen dress but very thigh and with a awful neck line. Bad Bad Bad!

  33. jane May 3, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    mcqueen look alike

  34. Chloe May 3, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    This reminds me of a dress she wore to the oscars in 2009

    • Ariel May 3, 2011 at 3:49 am #

      Agree. Reminds me of the gown she wore at the 2009 Oscars. This is even worst!

  35. bri May 3, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    I think it’s the same style for Bey that she usually wears, but the details are beyond amazing. I like the hairstyle on her though. If the bottom wasn’t mermaid she would look spectacular. Overall she looks ok.

  36. Elaine May 3, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    I think if the neckline was opened the look would be VASTLY improved.
    At a quick glance I liked it – then I seen the head shot and thought “OH NO!”

    Thanks for the great coverage of the event – its ridiculous o’clock here in Dublin but I’m awake purely for this 🙂

  37. MichelleTina May 3, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    I was waiting for you to post this. Horrible. This neckline never works on Bey. Even Jay kinda looks unsure of the look.

  38. Kathryn May 3, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    This dress is way too tight! In some pictures, it looks like Jay-Z is holding her up because can’t breathe. This dress screams Mama Tina. in fact I was immediately reminded of that black and gold House of Dereon dress from the 2009 Oscars. I love Bey but I wish she would let the mermaid thing go. BTW I think Jay Z looks nice in his Tom Ford suit.

  39. Kaylie May 3, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    I also thought “Tina Knowles” when I saw this. Also–how the heck did she get into the dress? and how the heck is she going to get out? SO tight.

  40. Emmeline May 3, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    What I want to know is how she managed to get herself up the steps. But seriously, this is one of my least favorite of the night. It reminds me SO much of her Oscar dress from 2009. Same fit, same colors, same ugly.

    • Christobal26 May 3, 2011 at 4:00 am #

      She didn’t lol If you look at pictures of when she got booed, they almost had to carry her up hahaha

      • Clover May 3, 2011 at 6:56 am #

        Oh I am so going to look for that! Wouldn’t you think that a requirement of a great dress would be that you could walk in it? Or am I being far too practical 😉

  41. jen May 3, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    seeing the pics i thot “god, she & her house of dereon”. i was really surprised to have read it was a pucci dress, just like u said fc, it has tina knowles written all over it. instead of ditchign her father as a manager she should have ditched her mother as a stylist!

  42. Cinders May 3, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    When I first saw it I thought House of Dereon original

  43. aiyu May 3, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    so far no McQueen in sight, and Cate is in Australia. I’m afraid we’d be very dissappointed tonight.

    • kirsty May 3, 2011 at 3:56 am #

      so far ive seen sarah jessica parker, daphne guiness , salma hayek and gisele bundchen all wore McQueen

    • Letícia May 3, 2011 at 4:11 am #

      Daphne Guiness and SJP showed up in McQueen, but I wasn’t particularly blown away by either one.

      • aiyu May 3, 2011 at 8:35 am #


  44. mm May 3, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    It really is awful. I think maybe if the dress was designed with a heart shape bodice it would’ve work better. That cut out with the high neck line, plus the heavy embroidery horrid

  45. Letícia May 3, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    I hate it too, it looks really tight. And the plastered hair isn’t doing anything for me.

  46. ber May 3, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    “it has Tina Knowles written all over it.”

    Is there a greater insult to a designer?

    • rebecca o May 3, 2011 at 11:41 am #

      LOL! So true.

  47. Cynt May 3, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    I liked her hair. :/

  48. ro May 3, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    Beyonce is gorgeous but lol…I was thinking that it had House of Dereon touch on it.

  49. mochababe73 May 3, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    I have three words.
    And, I wholeheartedly agree with you, FC. This has Tina Knowles hands all over it.
    There are some beautiful gowns from the couture shows so I don’t know why she chose to wear this monstrosity. Her mother should be fired as her stylist.
    In all honesty, if the dress were strapless or sans neckline, it may have worked.

    • Jen May 3, 2011 at 5:08 am #

      Yes. Tacky. Fugly. I don’t get what her mother is thinking.

      • Julie May 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

        Beyonce is a beautiful woman. Why? Oh why?

        • ahot May 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

          HORRIBLE!!!! I don´t know who inspired who: Tina for thinking that her daughter is some kind of Princess Arielle or Pucci thinking that oscar mess was something to repeat…
          Can she walk at all in it?

  50. Chloe May 3, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    this reminds me of her dress she wore to the oscar 2009

    • Sophia May 3, 2011 at 7:21 am #


    • dee May 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

      I agree. I do not like the hair or gown. She rarely gets it right in my opinion. I do not like her style.

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