Kanye West caused quite a stir when he performed at the 12-12-12 concert wearing a kilt. West has been known to wear man-skirts prior to the event – anyone catch all the kilts worn during he and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour? The concert that benefited the victims of Hurricane Sandy reached a much wider audience though, which left plenty of people scratching their heads about his outfit choice.
So just how does Kanye decide to wear a kilt for his performances? Thanks to a video recently released by VOYR, the rapper’s personal documentarian, we now have some insight into his wardrobe choices. It seems West’s kilt contemplation is much more complex than we expected! He’s had meetings in Paris with Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create multiple custom leather kilts for him to wear.
We learned from the video that while Kanye loves the look of straight leather kilts, he also sometimes needs his kilts to have pleats, especially in the back. Otherwise, it’s just too hard to move. We also found out that West will quickly correct you if you call his kilt a skirt. “It’s a kilt,” says Kanye, and you better not mistake it for anything else!
We thought maybe Kanye was just stealing leather skirts out of Kim Kardashian’s closet, but it turns out it’s the other way around. His love affair with Givenchy and other high fashion brands explains why her wardrobe is now filled with things she never would have worn a few years back. Oh, if only we could all meet with designers like Tisci to have anything we want custom made for us!
We’ll probably never get over seeing Kanye in a kilt, but it looks like we’ll just have to try and get used to it because he’s certainly not the only male star who likes them. Check out 11 more male celebrities who’ve been spotted wearing kilts and skirts!
Rapper Diddy wore a black and white tartan kilt while performing at the Glasgow Music Festival in Scotland in 2010.
Rapper Andre 3000 has always had an outlandish sense of style, so it’s not surprising that he enjoys a good kilt. He’s even worn them in music videos.
Actor Vin Diesel usually fills tough, manly roles in films, but in 2003 he wore a black leather skirt to the MTV Europe Music Awards. He paired the skirt with a simple black sweater and black boots, but it didn’t help the outfit at all.
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs was first seen wearing a kilt at one of his fashion shows in 2008 and hasn’t stopped wearing them since. He once wore a skirt to jury duty and even wore a sheer lace dress to the 2012 Met Gala.
Scottish actor Gerard Butler wore a kilt to a film premiere in 2009, then had a wardrobe malfunction while wearing one to a wedding earlier this year.
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor admitted in 2009 that he often wears kilts because they’re part of a tradition. He wears them to weddings and other special occasions.
In 2010, rocker and actor Jared Leto tweeted a picture of himself wearing a short black skirt over a pair of pants. He captioned the image, “Real Men Wear Skirts.”
Sean Connery has hosted the Dressed to Kilt fashion show for years now, which means he’s spent plenty of time in kilts. The show celebrates New York’s Tartan Week and everything Scottish.
Russell Crowe wore a knee-length skirt for his role in the 2000 film Gladiator. It’s a a good thing his battle in the Colosseum made the man-skirt seem more masculine.
Samuel L. Jackson
Actor Samuel L. Jackson wore a kilt in his 2001 film Formula 51, but loved the look enough to rock it in real life too. He wore one to the movie’s premiere and during an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.