The Met Gala is a parade of couture excellence held annually to raise funds for the Metropolitan museum of art and costume institute. As the world’s most spectacular fashion event gets cancelled for obvious reasons this year, today we’ll reminisce on the best Met moments. Innovative, inspiring, invigorating… these looks are what makes the Met Gala so ICONIC.
Last years’ theme, Camp, successfully encapsulated what fashion is all about: relentless expressionism and creativity. With most guests following the theme perfectly, it’s so difficult to narrow the list down, however, Lady Gaga makes the task a little easier as her costume springs to mind immediately. The metamorphosis queen, Gaga, created a jaw dropping performance on the pink carpet, transforming from a huge fuchsia dress from Brandon Maxwell to gorgeous black lingerie. With 4 separate and juxtaposing looks, she certainly was a transformative icon who took Camp to a new level with outrageous yet immaculate decisions going into her outfit. The attention to detail in the look ensured it was theatrical, exciting and all importantly – CAMP. What more would you expect from the co-chair and fashion experimenter that is Gaga?
It wasn’t only women who pushed boundaries and raised eyebrows at the 2019 Met Gala, Ezra Miller is a wonderful example of a man who owned the pink carpet and the entire night. Miller left us with an hundreds of questions, which is certainly a good thing as it embodies the camp theme. This curiosity sparks from his unexplained blank mask as an accessory, contrasting with his EYE catching face, as well as the Burberry suit paired with a dazzling diamond corset and not forgetting to mention his 7 eyes, obviously. Makeup was a large element of his costume, with intricate painting on the face being revolutionary. Although men have been wearing makeup for many years, especially in the music and punk industry, it still hasn’t been normalised enough in society so his look was far from basic. As face art advances throughout the years, Ezra Miller made a lasting impression which will inspire artists both now and in the future. You truly don’t know where to look with his outfit and that’s what makes it so beautiful.
If we’re talking about iconic looks, 2017 is a great Met Gala year to reminisce on due to the theme of: Rei Kawakubo and Comme Des Garcons. This revolved around creativity, recreation and construction due to Kawakubo’s iconic aesthetic and legacy.
Cara Delivigne looked like she’d stepped off a spaceship straight onto the carpet in 2017 debuting her bald head and metalic Chanel suit. The breath-taking silver look screamed for attention which is what it truly deserved. Again, the attention to detail was sensational. Delivigne’s chest was sprinkled with glitter to add yet another dimension to the look, perfectly connecting to the theme. The costume complimented her stunning figure as well as exemplifying a modern approach to fashion.
In a delightful Dolce and Gabbana gown, Zendaya was another Met gala 2017 icon. The design of the dress was just exceptional, hugging her body and accentuating her beauty. Covered in tropical parrots and flowers, you could anticipate the gown looking OTT but this was proven wrong as Zendaya floated across the carpet.
Let’s time travel another 8 years earlier to when the theme was ‘The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” in 2009. It is truly jaw dropping to analyse just how much creativity evolved in just a century from 2009 to 2019, with stars much more inclined to get out of their comfort zone and societal boundaries nowadays. With that being said, guests of the 2009 gala did not disappoint, with Rihanna as an honourable mention. Women in suits: classic and timeless. Rihanna took it a step further than a plain black suit by adding large shoulder pads that almost met her ears to add an unusual structure and reshape the look, perfect for the theme. Her edgy hair complimented her stunning face shape, this along with her chunky heels were representative of her popular personality and ability to make herself stand out.
Founded by Eleanor Lambert, the Met was established in 1948 and continues to be a highly anticipated event every year. The media becomes more involved in the ball as the years go by and it’s interesting to see how this affects the dynamics of the hugely anticipated event annually. This year, the media has the biggest role yet. The high fashion twitter community (hf twt) have invented the best solution to the fashion shaped hole in our lives at the moment… a virtual met gala! Join the fun and innovation from young enthusiasts on Monday 4th May.
Thank you for reading today’s post! There are so many looks I could have mentioned so I’m sure there will be lots more Met Gala related posts on my site in the future…
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