EMBLEMS OF IDENTITY
THE MUS AND FASHION AT THE 2022 GRAMMYS
By Kaleigh Werner
Stunned and speechless, John Batiste made his way to the golden stage. “The creative arts are subjective, and they reach people at a point in their lives when they need it most,” Batiste’s words rang throughout the MGM Grand Garden Arena as he accepted the Grammy for “Album of the Year”. Batiste described it best, subjectivity is the basis for creative arts, but fashion is an extension of the story an artist constructs in their own music.
Since the 1950s, the Recording Academy has been honoring and recognizing the spiritual creation, historical collaboration and the true art made by musical icons. The 2022 Grammys were no different. Each artist showed up representing their own culture and unique background translated through a lens of fashion.
A combination of old Hollywood, simple elegance and emerging streetwear was expressed through the makeup of each artist’s red-carpet look. For years the glamour of old Hollywood stars has seeped into award season fashion and done so by the designs of Oscar de la Renta and Giorgio Armani. This year, Dua Lipa paid homage to the rich influence of Versace in the 90s by wearing the vintage bondage dress previously worn by Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford.
Yet, emerging artists are redefining the style and pushing the perception of ability in the music industry. Nominated for “Best New Artist”, Japanese Breakfast sought to display her identity with the help of Valentino’s Fall 2022 Haute Couture line. Lil Nas X in Balmain followed suit in structuring his look to embody his own individuality, while also posing as an inspirational figure for others. But what would the Grammys be without a little gossip and scandal. All eyes were on Justin Bieber in an oversized Balenciaga suit as he arrived at the show for the first time since 2016. And the powerful art of performance left Kourtney Kardashian feeling the love for her fiancé Travis Barker so much so that a couple hours after the award show ended, they were reported to have gotten married in a Las Vegas chapel.