Why did designer Riccardo Tisci cover Kim Kardashian in flowers for the 2013 Met Gala? To celebrate her pregnancy, of course! In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, the Givenchy designer is defending the all-over flower dress he created for the pregnant reality star to wear on the red carpet at the May 6 Costume Institute Gala in New York City.
"She is a really good friend, and I am very happy she came to the Met for the first time. I love Kim," Tisci told WWD. "Doing maternity was fantastic. I wanted to have a Kim Kardashian moment, because Kim always supports me."
"She is the future wife of a really good friend of mine," Tisci added about Kardashian's boyfriend Kanye West. (Kardashian's divorce from Kris Humphries was finalized Apr. 19, but she has not yet announced an engagement to West.) "I wanted to have a moment of family . . . Kim, Kanye and the baby. It will be a family that I will be close to."
And Tisci said that Kardashian, 32, gave him total control over creating her look for the Punk: Chaos to Couture theme dress.
"I have dressed many pregnant women in the past. People can say what they want. To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers," he explained. "I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career."
Though some critics were less than thrilled with the mom-to-be's dress for the evening, a source told Us Weekly that Kardashian supported Tisci's vision. "She loved the dress just the way Riccardo designed it for her," the insider said. "His vision for her was a romantic Spanish theme with touches of boldness and punk."