She became the subject of endless memes on Twitter in 2017, after stepping out in a garish orange shoulder-padded dress.
And fans claimed Kim Kardashian took fashion notes from Gemma Collins after she turned up to the Met Gala in New York in a strikingly similar outfit on Monday.
Kim, 38, draped her famous figure in a Maison Mugler gown, which was perfect for showcasing her iconic curves, with the beaded detail giving the illusion she was caught in the rain.
Inspired? Fans claimed Kim Kardashian took fashion notes from Gemma Collins after she turned up to the Met Gala in a strikingly similar outfit to Gemma’s garish orange dress on Monday
However, some fans took to Twitter to joke the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star may have been inspired by the TOWIE veteran, who went viral with her eye-catching orange dress.
Discussing Kim’s outfit and criticising it for not sticking to this year’s ‘Note on Camp’ theme, one wrote: ‘Gemma Collins wore that dress first (and with more camp!).’
Others noted both Kim and Gemma are best pals with Jonathan Cheban, who could have played an influential part in her show-stopping look.
Hilarious: The TOWIE star became the subject of endless memes on Twitter in 2017, after stepping out in a garish orange shoulder-padded dress (pictured)
Speaking to The Sun at the time her orange dress went viral, Gemma played along with the mockery of her ensemble, and even called upon NFL to sign her up to a team – after the dress was mercilessly compared to an American football kit on social media.
Admitting she found the social media reaction ‘hysterical’, Gemma insisted she had ‘loved’ the look as a big Dynasty fan, and encouraged women to dress ‘for themselves, not the trends.’
‘I wake up and I’m feeling a certain look, I’m going to rock that look.’
Funny: Discussing Kim’s outfit and criticising it for not sticking to this year’s ‘Note on Camp’ theme, one wrote: ‘Gemma Collins wore that dress first (and with more camp!).
Glam: Kim, 38, draped her famous figure in a Maison Mugler gown, which was perfect for showcasing her iconic curves, with beaded detail
Addressing the famous dress in question, she continued: ‘I personally was a big fan of Dynasty back in the day and when I got showed this dress, I just loved it.’
However, acknowledging the huge social media reaction, the bubbly blonde went on to joke that she was ready to slip into the dress and sign up to an NFL team – after being heavily compared to a football player.
It is hysterical all the memes that have gone around about it, saying I’m rocking it for the NFL team,’ she added, before joking: ‘Do you know what NFL, if you’re watching this and you want a new player, I’m your girl.’
She went on to discuss a number of her bold looks in the past – but stood by them all, claiming fashion should ‘speak for itself’.
The reality star had intended to channel Lady Gaga, who wore a bold orange frock the year prior.
Met Gala 2019 theme: So what does ‘Notes on Camp’ mean…?
Lady Gaga’s dream theme! The pop star embraced ‘camp’ on the Met Gala red carpet
So what exactly is ‘camp’?
The museum’s exhibition is based on ‘Notes on Camp,’ an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag.
‘Camp is by nature subversive (…) confronting and challenging the status quo,’ the Costume Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton said Monday at a press event about the exhibition before the gala.
‘In the end, the purpose of camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.’
Some of the items in the exhibition might best explain the theme: the ‘swan dress’ worn by Bjork to the Oscars, a glittering costume worn by flamboyant US singer Liberace, a shower head necklace designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe in the 1980s.
‘We’re experiencing a resurgence of camp — not just in fashion, but in culture in general,’ said Bolton.
‘Camp tends to come to the fore in moments of social and political instability. The 1960s was one such moment as were the 1980s.’
The exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ — a play on the title of Sontag’s essay — formally opens at the Met on Thursday and runs through September 8.