Tyla’s sand-covered Met Gala 2024 gown was chopped in half after the red carpet

It was certainly making her sweat.

Rocking a dress that won’t last the night comes with a major perk — if you’re no longer feeling it, you can always destroy it.

That’s essentially what “Water” singer Tyla did at the 2024 Met Gala after ascending the stairs in her Balmain gown, which was covered in real sand and custom-cast for her body.

Although she arrived on the red carpet in the body-hugging strapless look that was perfectly on-theme for the night’s “Garden of Time” dress code, the fashion house’s creative director Olivier Rousteing altered the look once inside, grabbing scissors and chopping it into a mini.

In a video shared on Instagram, Tyla can be seen getting her dress altered behind-the-scenes at the Met Gala. LafayetteBlaack/Twitter
The form-fitting creation was created by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who was on hand to give the gown a chop. LafayetteBlaack/Twitter
Tyla stunned in her original look on the red carpet, which she said was inspired by “the sands of time.” WireImage
The alterations went off without a hitch, with Rousteing cutting the dress in an impressively straight line. Neil Rasmus/Shutterstock

“And what you didn’t see…” Olivier Rousteing wrote on his Instagram Story, sharing a video that showed him trimming the dress as Tyla held it up.

Still, while the pro clearly has a steady hand and was able to cut an impressively straight line, there was some of risk involved, of course.

Sources inside the gala tell Page Six Style that members of Tyla’s team were on hand with a hotel robe, just in case something went wrong with the delicate design.

Before the switch up, Tyla shared with Vogue that her look was made of three shades of actual sand, inspired by “the sands of time.”

As she made her way down the red carpet, she also showed off a purse in the shape of an hourglass and gave the crowd a better view of her elaborate manicure, which looked like water dripping from her fingers.

The 22-year-old also carried an hourglass on the red carpet. Getty Images
She did have some trouble making it up the Met Steps, however, and had to be carried. Getty Images
The shorter look likely made it easier for the singer to sit down. Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Such a form-fitting creation did make it somewhat difficult to make it up those famous Met steps. Rather than leisurely walking, Tyla had to be carried into the party by multiple men.

However, in the end it was all worth it. Not only did Tyla’s big trim likely make it easier for her to sit, her OG sculpture-like dress landed her a spot on our best dressed list.

Sometimes, the sacrifice is worth it.