Beyoncé being late for the Met ballAndre Leon Talley: Beyoncé was not slated to come. She decided to come last-minute when the dress [which he later said took 350 hours to sew] arrived at her house. She tried it on and then she said, ‘okay, I have to come.’ She did arrive at 8:55 and the ball had already started but it didn’t matter because she is Beyoncé.
The word "couture"Ralph Rucci: The word couture is over used. Andre Leon Talley: It is abused!
The infamous Kim Kardashian non-invite to the Met Gala
Andre Leon Talley: What’s shocking to me is how important the red carpet is. At one point I thought it was ruining [fashion] but I don’t think that anymore. I don't think any celebrity can take away from fashion. Not even Kim Kardashian could take away from fashion…Though, of course, Kim Kardashian didn’t come to the Met Ball but [her boyfriend] Kanye West did. Ralph Rucci: And see that’s the thing: Many people who I think are the celebrities, other people don’t think are the celebrities [implying that he doesn't think Kim Kardashian is a celebrity.]
Robin Givhan: So would you ever dress Kim Kardashian?Ralph Rucci: No, I think that’s bastardizing yourself [as a designer].