Ruth Negga came to the 2017 Met Gala in cornrows — and people loved it

Ruth Negga attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garons: Art of the In-Between exhibition on Monday, May 1, in New York.
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Ruth Negga attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garons: Art of the In-Between exhibition on Monday, May 1, in New York.
Source: Charles Sykes/AP

We had a feeling Ruth Negga was going to be one to watch on this Met Gala red carpet, and boy were we right. 

To the 2017 Met Gala, Negga wore a light blue, patterned Valentino dress, walking the red carpet with Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. 

Pierpaolo Piccioli and Ruth Negga at the 2017 Met Gala
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Ruth Negga at the 2017 Met Gala
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The dress, which was paneled, had satin peeking out along the edges and then down the front, what looks like a light flora pattern. But on the back, well, that's where the party was. 

A print that honestly looked like a Rorschach test. 

Ruth Negga at the 2017 Met Gala
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Twitter was, almost immediately, a huge fan. 

But even that wasn't really the star of Negga's look on Monday night. 

Ruth Negga at the 2017 Met Gala
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The star was actually Negga's hair, which was braided into cornrows.  

In wearing her hair in cornrows — a hairstyle widely appropriated by the likes of Kim Kardashian West and her sister, Khloé, and her other sister, Kylie — this was like Negga taking it back to the culture it came from. 

With Negga's history of being a fabulous dresser on red carpets, this look and hair is really no surprise. We're just glad more people are starting to realize just how much of a fashion powerhouse she really is. 

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Rachel Lubitz

Rachel is a senior Style writer at Mic. She previously worked for The Washington Post's Style section for more than three years. Feel free to contact her at rachel@mic.com.

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