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Meet ‘Turner,’ the Stylist Behind Grimes’s Futuristic Look

  • September 23, 2021

For last week’s Met Gala, Grimes wore a Dune-inspired reptilian dress and carried a steel sword made from a melted down AR-15 rifle. The woman who pulled the ensemble together is a stylist named Turner, a former accessories editor at Jane magazine, who has been Grimes’s stylist for six years.

Raised in Alexandria, Va., Turner (she goes by her last name) studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where an instructor told her she was clearly a stylist. Although her roster includes Kim Gordon, Kesha and other musicians, her steadiest client is also her first: Grimes. They met in 2015, a few days after Turner, 40, moved to Los Angeles and a fashion editor at Nylon magazine asked if she would style Grimes for a cover. The two hit it off and have worked together ever since. Turner shared some insight in Grimes’s style.

Whose idea was the sword?

It’s always Grimes’s idea. But her manager was the person who had brought in MSCHF [the Brooklyn artist collective that designed the sword]. We also knew that bringing a sword to the Met Gala was going to be tricky. I was persistent in trying to get clearance for that sword. When I got her to the carpet, there was a security guard who said, “I’m sorry, you can’t bring that in.” And I had to say: “No, the sword must come in. It’s been cleared.”

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