Last night celebrities and donors alike flocked to the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 charity Met Gala, one of the most epic nights in fashion.
The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It marks 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, which sets the tone for the formal dress guest are expected to choose for the evening as their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Following the event, the exhibition runs for several months. Attended by personalities from the arts, fashion, high-society, film and music, the Gala is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in New York and one of the biggest fundraising nights in the city. The affair has been held at the Met since 1946 and is considered to be the fashion industry’s premier annual red carpet event.
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and chair of the event since 1995, oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list.
This year’s theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass” is dedicated to Chinese fashion. The inspiration for this year’s theme was drawn from the spring 2015 Costume Institute of the same name. It showcases Chinese art and rare artifacts as well as garments (dresses interpreting Chinese designs) from Western designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Laurence Xu, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Tom Ford. The exhibit which incorporates paintings, decorative arts, and filmic representations of China is quite possibly the biggest the museum has ever put together!
This year’s theme was the inspiration behind Chinese designer, Huishan Zhang’s four piece capsule for luxury retailer, Barneys New York. The intricacy and delicate attention to detail exhibited in his deigns tie strongly to his cultural roots, as well his tenure as a former student at Central Saint Martins and his internship at Dior’s Haute Couture atelier. The collection available at the the retailer on their website is the perfect blend of East-meets-West style.
The $25, 000 per-ticket evening hosted by Hong Kong billionaire Silas Chou along with co-hosts; Anna Wintour, who stunned in a Chanel number that clung to the theme with it’s color and intense detail; Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li who stunned in a bordeaux colored velvet gown complete with black lace detailing by Peter Dundas of Roberto Cavalli, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who kept it safe within the required theme by choosing a color from the chosen era, and Wendi Murdoch also in Oscar de La Renta; promised to be one of the hottest and most fashionable social events of the year.
The evening’s annual guest list included only 650–700 people and touted the likes of celebrities like:
Also on the list for the evening’s festivities were James Corden, Harvey Weinstein, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Dancy, Ethan Hawke, Spike Jonze, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Baz Luhrmann, Marcus Mumford, Matthew Broderick, and Florence Welch.
Amidst the celebrity faces and donors were also several of the designers who dressed many of the evenings attendees and featured some regulars like:
Other designers also invited : Christopher Bailey, Sarah Burton, Georgina Chapman, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Peter Copping, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Alber Elbaz, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino Garavani, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Lazaro Hernandez, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, Alasdhair Willis, Jack McCollough, Tamara Mellon, Gilles Mendel, Marcus Wainwright, Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Dries Van Noten, David Neville, Jason Wu, and Stuart Vevers.
Added to this year’s list, Anna Wintour’s favorite blogger and “it-girl” The Blonde Salad‘s Chiara Ferragni, who was featured as Vogue‘s April cover girl, also announced she would be in attendance.
Although there was limited social media interaction from the events attendees as organizers of the ball enforced a ban on all forms of social media from the event, that didn’t stop model Behati Prinsloo from taking one of the most epic bathroom selfies, (check it out on the ‘gram). Vogue was allowed to create a documentary that will give a behind-the-scenes look at the gala.
While I enjoyed catching up on these looks from the event one thing did stand out like a sore thumb. In lieu of this year’s theme I was expecting greater support of Chinese designers. Understandably it is not easy to adapt the style without accusation of cultural appropriation hence the many outfit playing it safe, I still believe there were several possible outfit choices that would have blended both western and Eastern fashions.
I cannot deny that although there were one or two pieces from the likes of Christopher Bu, Huishan Zhang, Guo Pei, there was little else hailing from the land which has inspired this year’s gala. I know whenever people see and think of “Made in China”, for some only the terms “cheap“, “fast fashion” and “poorly made” come to mind, however there were fine examples to the contrary crossing the red carpet.
Despite there not being as many Chinese designers on the red carpet, I so hope that this year’s gala has opened the door for a whole new array of designers, whom I for one am eager to learn about.
What are your thoughts on this year’s Met Gala? Do you guys have any favorite looks? Let me know in the comments.