Doja Cat brings back Surrealist Fashion


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Inga Keselman

Doja Cat awed fans with her show stopping Paris Fashion Week looks. The 27-year-old pop star attended the Maison Schiaparelli runway show in head-to-toe red body paint with a matching garment custom-made by Daniel Roseberry. She additionally collaborated with makeup artist Pat McGrath to hand-glue over 30,000 red Swarovski crystals onto her body.

Roseberry, Schiaparelli’s creative director, stated his goal with this project was to blur “the boundaries between real bodies and inanimate objects,” according to Vogue.

Doja Cat brought Roseberry’s work into the front row, becoming the live statue he aimed to create. The look took just under five hours to complete. “Her patience and dedication as she sat with Team Pat McGrath and I for four hours and 58 minutes to achieve the creation, covered in over 30,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals, was truly inspiring,” said McGrath.

The garment featured a silk bustier bodice, a knee length red skirt adorned in wooden beads and matching boots. McGrath called this couture look “Doja’s Inferno.”

Fans were quick to show their support of the look on social media. McGrath posted an Instagram reel which received over 95,000 likes and 2.4 million views. Social media influencer Addison

Rae commented, “Just wow.” Another fan wrote, “Now this is a look that only Doja could werk the room in and own. Phenomenally stunning!”

Fans praised Doja Cat for her dedication to being herself. “I appreciate Doja Cat being unapologetically committed to serving a look.” A Twitter user wrote, “She’s never afraid of a bold look and I respect it.”

Despite all the praise, some fans were disappointed in Doja Cat’s Schiaparelli look because she did not wear false eyelashes. She poked fun at the criticism a few days later when she attended the Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2023 Haute Couture show.

The singer wore a tan and white pinstripe suit with a white and green striped button down. She brought the outfit all together with a simple pair of white pointed-toe heels. She used false eyelashes to comedically create eyebrows, a mustache and a goatee.

Ahead of the runaway, Doja Cat posted an Instagram story saying, “If lashes are all you want, the lashes you will get.”

Doja Cat continued her streak later that week, stunning fans in a couture look for the Valentino Haute Couture show. The singer wore an all-black outfit consisting of a long coat, bra and skirt.

What made people’s heads turn was the $20,000 handbag she carried with her. The purse was 3D-printed to match the singer’s hand. It could be worn as either a purse or a glove. The bag was holding a bottle of Patrón El Alto tequila, which retails for $179.

This surrealist piece was designed by Chris Habana, a New York City based jeweler. The bag had about 1,000 Swarovski crystals, 3,000 pearls and gold paint used to mimic a manicure on the bag’s nails.

The mastermind behind Doja Cat’s iconic style, Brett Alan Nelson, pulled this piece together. “My girl loves a tequila cocktail, so taking the idea of this couture level bottle of Patrón El Alto to Paris but making it an accessory that doesn’t leave her side … I reached out to Chris Habana.” said Nelson

The fashion world was inspired by the surrealist movement, which began in the aftermath of World War I. Artists and creatives were looking for ways to combat logic and reason in a nonsensical world.  Today, surrealism is making a comeback for similar reasons. In fact, Schiaparelli was one of the leading fashion houses to adopt surrealism into its work in 1920. Doja Cat’s latest appearances at Paris Fashion Week shows how intimately connected the old and new trends of art are.

According to an article from Harper’s Bazaar, “Considering we’re still amidst a global pandemic on the heels of plenty of political unrest, surrealism’s next generation in fashion makes a lot of sense. After all, the motive of the original surrealists was to make the familiar strange, and to show a fragile world full of tension in a new, dream-like state.”

These mesmerizing surrealist looks are just making a comeback in couture. One can expect to see more fashion houses releasing sublime, dream-like pieces to awe audiences everywhere.