The Story Behind Selena Gomez's Custom 'Revival' Tour Gown and Bodysuit

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The two looks were created by the relatively new brand MONSE, known for its menswear-inspired designs that ooze ease and sophistication.

Selena Gomez kicked off her highly anticipated Revival tour Friday night at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center, opening with the song "Revival" and transitioning to "Same Old Love." She started by wearing a nude bodysuit embellished with over 60,000 Swarovski crystals and then attached a deconstructed flowing black taffeta gown. Both looks were created by the relatively new brand MONSE (mon-SAY), known for its menswear-inspired designs that ooze ease and sophistication.

Having just celebrated its first birthday, MONSE, created by Oscar de la Renta alums Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, has already been worn by stars such as Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Lady Gaga, Kate Bosworth and, most recently, Sarah Jessica Parker, who collaborated with MONSE on her much-talked-about Alexander Hamilton-inspired Met Gala pantsuit.

Billboard spoke to Garcia about the collaboration process between the MONSE team, Gomez and Christian Classen, the stylist of the tour. “Christian gave us the mood he and Selena wanted to give to the tour," Garcia says. "We sent his team a group of 10 sketches and were beyond flattered to hear both he and Selena loved them all. In the end, we picked her very favorite, and luckily it is opening the show.”

Gomez has become quite a fan of the young label, and this is the fourth time she has worn MONSE. The performer turned heads during Paris Fashion Week in March wearing a modern and feminine black pantsuit with off-the-shoulder-pinstripe details from MONSE’s fall 2016 collection that earned comparisons to Audrey Hepburn. Gomez also wore an elegant MONSE spring 2016 gown at Billboard's Women in Music event in December, made up of a silver beaded bodice and ivory ruffled skirt with a signature MONSE dress shirt detail tied around the waist.

MONSE’s feelings of admiration are mutual. “Selena has the same kind of attitude we try to give our clothes — a sense of ease, always feminine while keeping it sexy," Garcia says. "We believe a menswear look on a woman to be very sexy and sophisticated. I think she believes in these codes, too, which is why I think we clicked and now she is a fan of MONSE.”

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