Tyla stole the show on the Met Gala red carpet in a skin-tight dress made from sand

Tyla stole the show on the Met Gala red carpet in a skin-tight dress made from sand
  • The South African musician Tyla made her Met Gala debut on Monday.

  • She wore a daring dress designed by Balmain, which was covered from top to bottom in sand.

  • But the dress was somewhat impractical, as she needed to be carried up the Met steps.

Tyla's Grammy-winning hit might be called "Water," but it was sand she embraced at the 2024 Met Gala.

The South African musician made her Costume Institute debut on Monday night, arriving at the event in a skin-tight gown designed by Balmain.

Its strapless, form-fitting design was daring — it showed the outline of her body from front to back — and pretty fragile.

As Tyla told the E correspondent Ross Mathews on the red carpet, the dress was covered entirely in sand.

"We wanted to go with the sands of time for the theme," she said, referencing the night's "Garden of Time" dress code.

Tyla attends the 2024 Met Gala.
Tyla at the Met Gala.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Tyla also had sand spread across one of her shoulders and her opposite forearm. She completed her look with an hourglass that she held in place of a purse.

When Mathews asked if she'd be able to sit for dinner inside the event, Tyla's answer was simple.

"Who knows? We'll figure it out. Who cares? I'm cute!" she said.

Tyla gets help carrying her dress at the 2024 Met Gala.
Tyla attends the 2024 Met Gala.Dimitrios Kambouris

While Tyla was still figuring out the logistics of her Met Gala evening, one thing was clear: She'd need major help getting up any stairs throughout the night.

As People reported from the red carpet, she needed the help of four men to carry her up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One physically lifted her as the others held her skirt train.

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