The 22-year-old arrived in a regal looking gold satin cape featuring a long, flowing train and padded shoulders.
The cape, embellished with ornate gold beading, covered the entirety of the singer’s body apart from his head.
After posing for the cameras for a short while, security personnel removed the cape from the singer and revealed a shining, gold metallic suit of armour underneath.
For his third and final look of the night, he unveiled a slinky bodysuit in Versace’s signature black and gold colour palette.
The form-fitting one piece was entirely covered in gold crystals and featured a gold zip through the front torso.
He accessorised with a gold choker and a matching gold manicure. Intricate gold earrings and a small winged gold eyeliner completed the look.
Speaking to YouTuber Emma Chamberlain for Vogue, Lil Nas X said the shedding of multiple outfits on the red carpet was symbolic of his career journey.
“We wanted to start with royalty or a cloak like we are in our shell. And then we break out of it a little bit more and it’s kind of like me when I first got into the industry, because nobody knew who I was,” he explained.
Of the gold armour, he said it represented “the shelter” he built around himself before he came out on the last day of Pride in June 2019.
“And then this year, I feel like I really came out and that’s what this represents,” he said, gesturing to his final outfit.
It’s safe to say Lil Nas X did not disappoint his fans, who have come to expect extravagant looks whenever the singer graces a red carpet.
“Lil Nas X won the Met Gala & the year,” one fan tweeted. “How can he be that iconic???” another person asked.
A third said they felt inspired by his comments to Vogue. “I love his reasoning for the costume changes!!! So inspiring,” a fan wrote.
As expected, the dramatic ensembles also inspired a meme or two. One person noted that Vogue correspondent Keke Palmer was also wearing a shimmering gold and black outfit.
“Lil Nas X and Keke Palmer are dressed like a crime-fighting superhero duo and I would pay good money for that movie,” the user tweeted.
Another pointed out that Lady Gaga also underwent (four) outfit changes on the Met Gala red carpet in 2019.
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