Natalia Bryant’s is launching her modeling career with a first appearance at the Met Gala in 2021.
Conner Ives, an up-and-coming fashion designer, made a floral sequined gown for the 18-year-old. The appearance is fashioned from recycled PET plastic and was part of Ives’ debut autumn 2021 American Dream collection.
Ives, who attended the Met Gala with Bryant, wrote on Instagram about her attire, saying, “This dress was previously a showpiece in the costume exhibit.” This dress was later changed with look 1 from the same collection due to modifications in the display layout. It provided the perfect chance for a red carpet moment, which I had imagined since I originally sketched this design. This marks the end of a tumultuous two years spent honing this body of work. The ideal end to a whirlwind is 24 months. Thank you all so much for your incredible support; my heart is overflowing.”
According to Natalia Bryant’s mother Vanessa Bryant, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour also had a hand in Bryant’s wardrobe, choosing Ives’ finale dress for her Met Gala debut. The gown will also be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition.
Law Roach, who also styled Addison Rae, Hunter Schafer, Chance the Rapper, Kirsten Corley Bennett, and Miles Chamley-Watson for the Met Gala, was responsible for the youthful aesthetic.
Natalia Bryant’s signed with IMG Models in February, and the agency will help her develop her reputation through editorial and brand endorsements in the fashion and beauty industries. Bryant was recently featured in Teen Vogue’s September issue. She is the daughter of Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant, the late basketball player who died in a helicopter crash in 2020 alongside her sister Gianna and seven other passengers.