The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and known as the Met Ball, started in 1946 and is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of the Art’s Costume Institute in New York City; the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal attire of the night determining the guests fashion theme of the exhibit.
The spring 2015 Costume Institute exhibit on May 4th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art theme for this year was dedicated to Chinese fashion “ China: Through the Looking Glass”.
The idea is to showcase Chinese art and rare artifacts as well as apparel interpreting Chinese designs from Western designers like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford, Francisco Costa, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Valentino Garavani, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Ashly Olsen, Mary Olsen, Zac Posen, Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Giambattista Valli, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, and many more.
There was initial hesitation for this year’s theme especially being the biggest the MET has coordinated. Many predicted that the red carpet for this year’s “fashion Super Bowl” would be a low point for culture, celebrities, and designers. In efforts to evade the predictions, the guest took heed of these warnings of disastrous happenings. This year’s Met gala ended up being beautiful, and impressive.
Met Ball organizers enforced a social media ban inside the gala. This included selfies from guests in attendance. Instead of a live stream, the Met streamed “selected moments” on Periscope.
The following are a few looks from this year’s Ball:
Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci custom-made gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry; Kim Kardashian in Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dunda. Jennifer Lopez in Versace dress; Sutra earrings; Harry Kotlar ring; Ivy ring; Jack Vartanian ring; Swarovski clutch. These women gave the illusion of the looking-glass; somewhat fitting the theme of the gala. Continue reading Met Gala Recap: 2015 Best Dressed Goes To…