Madonna in Givenchy at the Met Gala CREDIT: REX

Madonna is never afraid of wearing something daring on the red carpet, and at this year’s Met Gala she took the sheer dressing trend to the next level in a black lace Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gown with no underwear on underneath. But it turns out this gothic look is surprisingly inspired by a practical item you’ll often spot athletes wearing at the Olympics: therapeutic kinesiology tape.

Madonna walked the red carpet with the house’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, who created her custom black lace look which she says was “inspired by the therapeutic kinesiology tape that she wears for her fatigued muscles on tour.” This is the tape, which usually comes in bright colours, that athletes wear to enhance performance and reduce injuries. More Rio 2016 than Met Gala 2016.

Madonna in Givenchy at the Met Gala CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Madonna wore black lace tights and a body, with straps of black material winding around her legs and arms resembling kinesiology tape. She might be wearing a floor-length skirt, but there is fabric missing over her breasts and derriere, so the look leaves very little to the imagination. Madonna said to E! on the red carpet that there was one downside to wearing so little fabric – it makes it “hard to pee.” As for her jewellery, she wore stacked rings by Lynn Ban, a cross body chain and a necklace by Neil Lane.

Madonna at the Met Gala
Madonna at the Met Gala CREDIT: REX

This isn’t the first time the singer has collaborated with Givenchy for the Met Gala, as in 2013 she also went pantless in custom Riccardo Tisci. The designer created a fishnet body stocking and tartan jacket for the punk-themed event.

Madonna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at the Met Gala in 2013
Madonna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at the Met Gala in 2013CREDIT: REX

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