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I love stories that are good, but then get better and just when you think, “aw, that’s great,” Wham! It has this awesome ending. That’s what happened with A$AP Rocky’s Met Gala look. Rocky and Rihanna were among the last to show up on the Met’s Red Carpet that night. Rihanna wore an all-black ensemble with astriking social statement. Rocky wore a beautiful take on the Gala’s theme, In America, A Lexicon of Fashion. He wore a gorgeous custom ERL silk taffeta tuxedo. Over it, he wore a large, colorful quilt cape that had been customized by ERL designer Eli Russel Linnetz with the help of quilter Zak Foster. It got a lot of attention. Many jokes were made, most were very funny. But no one can deny that quilts are a huge part of American culture, art and storytelling. It was a striking and unique statement piece. But where did it come from? Thanks to how much publicity Rocky got, we know. A lady named Sarah spotted the cape and recognized the quilt as one her great grandmother had made. After reading that Linnetz bought the quilt base from a thrift store in Southern California, she knew it was the same one and posted the photo above with this caption:

So my great grandmothers quilt was donated to an antique/thrift store a while back. When I saw the #metgalaPhoto I realized instantly that it had to be the same quilt. I read the vogue article about the designer finding the quilt in Southern California and with his office not that far from us in Venice California, I demanded that my mom go look for the photos of it on our old bed. Looks like great grandma Mary went to the #metgala with @asaprocky and @erl__________ they wrote a @voguemagazine article too 🤩
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It’s a very distinctive quilt, I would have recognized it too. Could you imagine watching Met Gala coverage when Great Grandma Mary pops up on A$AP Rocky’s shoulders? Better yet, holding Rihanna’s hand. Great Grandma Mary’s living the dream! Truthfully, this is what I was talking about when a story gets better. Because this quilt was loving made, used, found and reused into another form of functional art. And, like all quilts, its story was added to with pieces from Linnetz’s world and touches from Zak Foster. And now it will live on forever. I love that the story continues and so many people are adding to it. I love that Sarah found it so she and her family can be a part of it.

Of course, some people refuse to let happiness live. So they decided to crap on Sarah’s beautiful moment by accusing the designers of stealing the quilt and owing the family and yelling at Sarah’s family for giving away the quilt. Sarah said in a second post that she was never accusing anyone of stealing nor did they want money. She was just amazed at the quilt showing up at the Met. She’s in awe of what the designers did with it. And she let everyone know they have plenty of quilts from Great Grandma Mary in the family and that GGMary would love the idea of her quilt being donated to someone who needed it to keep them warm. And the fact that it has become a part of history at a benefit to raise money would thrill her. She walked with Rihanna, people – Great Grandma Mary is fiiine.

And as wonderful as I think this whole thing is, which I truly do, my absolute favorite A$AP Rocky comparison is still that of his look to Cap’n Crunch. Saturday morning cartoons and sugar cereal, very American lexicon.

— welcome to clown town (@dykedotorg) September 14, 2021

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