When A$AP Rocky and Rihanna arrived at this year's Met Gala, people immediately started speculating about the origin of Rocky's quilt, which he took off to then reveal a tuxedo. It was a statement piece, and proof that Rocky could pull off any look.
The theme of this year's Met Gala paid tribute to America's history, and the designer of the piece, Eli Russell Linetz, explained to Vogue that it represented the history that can be associated with any object. Speaking about the quilt, Eli states, “There’s an intense narrative to this piece, it’s beautiful on the outside, inside it represents a world of memories."
That couldn't be more accurate, as a woman on Instagram named Sarah recognised the quilt and clarified its origins. In her post, she reveals that the quilt actually belonged to her great-grandmother, who initially designed it.
Sarah writes, "So my great-grandmother's quilt was donated to an antique/thrift store a while back. When I saw the #metgala photo I realized instantly that it had to be the same quilt.
"I read the Vogue article about the designer finding the quilt in Southern California and with his office not that far from us in Venice, California, I demanded that my mom go look for the photos of it on our old bed. Looks like great grandma Mary went to the #metgala with @asaprocky."
The Vogue article confirms this, as Eli explained that he found the quilt at a "thrift store" and decided to use it as a base. Eli elaborates, saying, "I quilted on things that were important to me, from my dad’s bathrobe to my boxers. Then we used these amazing plaids and flannels and embroidered my family’s name all over the quilt.
”We worked with an incredible young quilter, Zak Foster, who specializes in burial and memory quilts. There’s an irony to it that I liked, using the clothing of the deceased to create this beautiful new quilt then [in their honor] that lasts forever.
You can check out Sarah's Instagram post below. Next time you go to donate something to an op shop, it might just end up on the red carpet in years to come...