San Diego designer creates 'Make America Great Again' dress worn at Grammys

Singer Joy Villa wasn't nominated for any Grammy Awards and did not perform during the weekend broadcast, but few people generated as much buzz as she did at this year's event. What made it more eye-catching was the name "Trump" emblazoned with glitter on the bottom of the dress and the the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" on the front.

Villa's look read "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" down the bodice and featured red stripes and white stars. The controversial dress was a rare sight at the awards show otherwise marked by several anti-Trump messages and advocacy for liberal causes. The five-song project is also in the top spot on iTunes' Top Albums chart. She also has a tab on the site that showcases some of her modeling work. So far, her biggest claim to fame is showing up at the Grammy Awards for the past three years in outlandish outfits with the hopes of making Best (or Worst) Dressed lists.

Villa knew that the bold dress would spark controversy, so she took to Instagram to defend her decision to rock the gown...even before hitting the carpet. She did however re-tweet a handful of posts praising her and referring to her as a Trump supporter after the Grammys.

WND's requests for comment from Villa and two of her publicists hadn't been returned at the time of this report.

"Sometimes you just got to be free to express yourself", Villa posted on Instagram about the gown by designer Andre Soriano.

"There are a lot of people that are in power that really misconstrued what this country stands for", he said. "I am supporting her bravery on Grammy night for standing for what she believes, whether others agree or not". I'm from the Philippine islands, I am a proud American. "America is about immigrants", Soriano said. I am a minority, Joy is black.

According to initial sales reports from Nielsen Music, the artist's album I Make the Static sold about 15,000 copies in the USA on February 12 and 13.

  • Ernesto Newman