Here's why Kid Cudi was wearing a dress on 'Saturday Night Live'

Other than it being an absolute vibe

April 12, 2021

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This past weekend, Saturday Night Live was hosted by Carey Mulligan, however, it was the evening's musical guest that stole the show.

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Kid Cudi took to the Studio 8H stage to more than just perform, but to also pay tribute. For the first of his two performances, Cudi wore a fuzzy green cardigan atop a flannel button down and a Chris Farley-memorializing t-shirt. Nothing too out of the ordinary for the musician with profound personal style.

For those who are here for Cudi news and aren’t aware, Farley was a former SNL cast member, who passed away in 1997 at age 33. Additionally, fans took to Twitter to speculate about the other parts of Cudi’s outfit, noting that the green cardigan and flannel underneath it resembled the vibes of the late Kurt Cobain, Nirvana’s lead singer who died by suicide in 1994.

However, that wasn't the only tribute, or the only time fans turned to Twitter. It was the wardrobe Cudi chose for his second performance that got everyone talking. When both he and the lights hit the stage for the second time to perform his song “Sad People,” Kid Cudi was in a floor-length, spaghetti-strapped floral dress. As the gown's sequins danced in the light, we could think of only one word to describe it - Slay.

Fans were quick to note that Cudi's dress looked an awful lot like the floral number Kurt Cobain used to wear, and they were right. And with Cudi’s performance happening to fall on the same week as the 27th anniversary of Cobain's death, the tribute was all but impossible to ignore.

Not so long ago, Cudi sampled one of Cobain’s songs, relating to the troubled artists, taking on the cause of mental health awareness, after having his own struggles with depression and suicidal thinking.

While Cobain famously pilfered his dress from Nirvana's publicist, Cudi's has some serious fashion provenance. "Virgil designed the dress for me," Kid Cudi wrote, referring to designer Virgil Abloh. "I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece.” On Instagram, Virgil shared that the piece was custom Off-White, “specially reserved for Mr. Rager only.”

Since Cobain first rocked and shocked with the inspirational piece in the 90s, things have changed in the world of gender-fluid fashion. Throughout history we have plenty to thank, however the recent transition to a more updated way of thinking has been personified by the likes of Harry Styles and NBA players sporting skirts in the pre-game tunnel, and now Cudi’s inspired floral ensemble, paired with a icy chain, not only looks fly, but follows that line of thinking.

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