10 “Couch Couture” Dresses: Our Take on the Couchdashian Meme

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Kim Kardashian’s Met Ball gown has sparked its own meme, and it’s very wittingly called “couchdashian.”

The Internet has been way harsh on Kim, comparing her to different versions of “your grandma’s couch.” But maybe Riccardo Tisci, the designer behind Kim’s garishly floral-printed gown, was the most harsh as he was the one who made Kim go to her very first Met Gala dressed in it.

Kim Kardashian at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York on May 6, 2013Kim Kardashian at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York on May 6, 2013

What’s worse was that this year’s Met Gala had a punk theme, and this old and dated floral print couldn’t be any less punk even with the eyelet and lace-up details:

The eyelet and lace-up details on Kim Kardashian's Givenchy fall 2013 floral-print gownThe eyelet and lace-up details on Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy fall 2013 floral-print gown

Or does Kim wearing this very un-punk floral-print gown to a punk-themed event actually make her a rebel? Does dressing up in an outfit that’s the antithesis of punk actually make someone ‘punk’?

Maybe we’re reading too much into this, so let’s go back to the fashion, which is always fun. Instead of shunning couchdashian, we’re going to embrace it. We went looking for 10 designer dresses with couchlike floral prints to show that Givenchy isn’t the only one doing it and perhaps to prove that Riccardo Tisci didn’t set Kim up.

We’ve arranged the photos in a way that you’ll see the print first and then how the designer used it on a dress second. You’ll see that couchlike floral prints aren’t actually all that bad!

Just a final thought: wouldn’t it be funny if “couch couture” actually became a thing?

1. J. Mendel offers a dramatic take on the couchlike floral print.

J. Mendel Floral Gazar Strapless GownJ. Mendel Floral Gazar Strapless Gown, $6,980

2. Dolce & Gabbana makes a sofa print ooze sexiness.

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Stretch Bustier DressDolce & Gabbana Floral-Print Stretch Bustier Dress, $1,195.63

3. Carolina Herrera gets couch couture.

Carolina Herrera Floral Jacquard Full Skirt DressCarolina Herrera Floral Jacquard Full-Skirt Dress, $3,290

4. Tacky vase print + couch floral print = Roberto Cavalli genius.

Roberto Cavalli Floral Racerback DressRoberto Cavalli Floral Racerback Dress, $612.43

5. Monique Lhuillier oversizes and refines the couch floral print.

Monique Lhuillier Floral Print Structured DressMonique Lhuillier Floral-Print Structured Dress, $2,590

6. You wouldn’t dare sit on this divine Stella McCartney print.

Stella McCartney Fletcher Floral Jacquard Bustier DressStella McCartney “Fletcher” Floral Jacquard Bustier Dress, $2,863.97

7. Dolce & Gabbana designs a saturated yet sexy sofa print.

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print DressDolce & Gabbana Floral-Print Dress, $2,295

8. Couches will be the last thing on people’s mind if you wear this Erdem gown.

Erdem Long Floral Print DressErdem Long Floral-Print Dress, $2,225

9. Christopher Kane brings fab florals to a fit-and-flare frock.

Christopher Kane Floral Print Fit and Flare DressChristopher Kane Floral-Print Fit-and-Flare Dress, $1,280

10. Dolce & Gabbana makes beautiful things out of a seemingly ugly fabric.

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Ruched DressDolce & Gabbana Floral Ruched Dress, $1,151.43

Credit: Joel Ginsburg/WENN/Caroline Torem Craig

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