For over six years, photographer Tricia Messeroux has been recreating iconic style moments with adorable kids through a project she calls Toddlewood. Her latest photo shoot brilliantly tackles the incredible fashion at the 2017 Met Gala.
“I was excited but nervous to give the Met Gala the Toddlewood treatment,” Messeroux told HuffPost. “The Met Gala is the gold standard for high fashion and creative costumes by some of the most amazing designers.”
Messeroux make-up artist Shameika Simmons, hair stylist Peta-Gaye Antoine and wardrobe designers Mo Glover and Quianna Mercurius to transform a group of kids, ages 3 to 6 into the standout stars of the Met Gala red carpet.
The photographer said it took 48 hours to make the designs, and for the first time ever, she put her camera down to work on the costumes ― along with some help from Michaels craft stores and her daughters, Skylar and Sunday.
“Mini Rihanna’s dress was the biggest challenge, so I did it myself,” Messeroux said. “It was the best arts and crafts project my daughters and I have ever done.” Photos of “mini Rihanna” quickly went viral on Twitter.
Messeroux was excited to pay homage to Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons, especially because she plans to launch her own line of high fashion costumes called “Toddlewood Red Carpet Stars” just before Halloween.
“The line features costumes inspired by this year’s award season (Golden Globes, Grammys and The Oscars) as well as the mega event for fashionable costumes, The Met Gala,” she told HuffPost.
Messeroux said the kids had a blast wearing the costumes and posing for pictures.
“The Migos boys were on cloud nine,” she told HuffPost. “We even put on the song ‘Bad and Boujee’ to keep their swagger going. Mini-Anna Wintour loved knowing that she was the queen of the night. Mini Janelle Monae loved the feathers.”
Though the girl who dressed as Rihanna loved her outfit, she was admittedly happy to get out of it by the end of the shoot, as it wasn’t the easiest to walk in.
“All the kids had funny one liners and silliness like kids do,” said Messeroux. “Great day for dress up.”
Keep scrolling and visit the Toddlewood Instagram to see more of the Met Gala series and some behind-the-scenes photos.