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Caroline Kennedy on the red carpet in the couture Comme des Garçons dress by Rei Kawakubo.
Caroline Kennedy on the red carpet in the couture Comme des Garçons dress by Rei Kawakubo.JUSTIN LANE/EPA

Caroline Kennedy turned a few heads at Monday’s Met Gala wearing a . . . well, at first, we weren’t sure what it was. Because the event paid tribute to Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, Kennedy chose to wear one of the designer’s Comme des Garçons pieces. Some observers called it a “floral sphere.” Vogue described it as “one of Kawakubo’s more sculptural creations.” Call it what you will, Kennedy’s outfit was memorable. Kennedy, the former US ambassador to Japan, was the gala’s honorary chair. The dress looked more like a flower-covered tent than a gown, and it covered her shoulders and arms completely, so her hands remained hidden somewhere beneath the costume. Despite those restrictions, Kennedy appeared comfortable on the red carpet. Vogue’s André Leon Talley called the look “extraordinary.” “Is this Comme des Garçons?” he asked. “How did you guess?” deadpanned Kennedy. When Talley asked her how she got into the dress, Kennedy — ever the good sport — said, “it was a lot of trial and error.”