Stop, and think for a second, about the sheer goddamn brilliance of something like bringing a sword to the Met Gala, which Grimes did on Monday. Yes her silver zig zag sheer gown was striking, as was her grey and black cape and tin-foil-coloured facemask. (What’s that you say? Tin foil isn’t a colour? Tell that to Jack Haley, Twiki from Battlestar Galactica, and the CEOs of Amcor, Novelis, ACM Carcano, and Reynolds Group Holdings).
But that’s getting off topic. Unless, that is, we keep focussed on the cinematic angle of the conversation.
Ways that a sword might come in handy at the Met include doing some major damage at the prime rib station, and sabering the cork from one’s own private bottle of Dom Pérignon Rose Gold. Swords are great for making sure that you don’t have to touch the flush handle in the washroom, and for impromptu recreations of the Ray Harryhausen skeleton scene from Jason and the Argonauts.
Those are none of the reasons that C....err, Grimes....brought a sword to the Met. According to a Vogue red carpret interview, the artist who may or may not eventually be known as Clair de Lune....err, C...decided that a sword would be a great nod to Dune.
“[It’s] inspired by the movie Dune, which is not out yet but I’m just a fan,” Grimes told Vogue on livestream. “It’s an American author so it fits the theme that American people were involved in the making of it.”
It’s important to note that we’re not talking the David Lynch version of Dune, which totally bombed at the box office, but instead the upcoming Denis Villeneuve's take on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. Then again, maybe we are.
While we continue to talk about film, it should be noted that Lynch had a fondness for not only his own version of Dune (which the studio suits likely wrecked far more than he did), but also the Tin Man. Or at least The Wizard of Oz.
Recall if you will, the ending of Wild At Heart, where an updated version of the Good Witch from the North makes an appearance.
In the mood for more trivia? Long before Grimes...err, C...err...Clair de Lune became Musk’s baby mama, she was known at least part of the time as Clare Boucher from Vancouver. Back then, 2013 to be exact, she told Britain's New Music Express that she had certain goals in life.
A big one was to pay her official respects to not only Lynch, but a certain science fiction movie.
“Grimes revealed that she wants to make a remake ’80s cult movie Dune,” Jamie Crossan reported in a story on her working on a follow-up to Visions. “Boucher is a big fan of the original David Lynch movie and claims it would be her ‘dream’ to make a new film version.”
Or, you know, arrive on the Met carpet looking like she just scored big time at the planet Arrakis version of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.