The Met Gala, the annual fundraiser for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, has been considered the most fashionable ball of the year since 1948. “Under the leadership of Trustee Anna Wintour (Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue), who has been co-chair since 1995 (excluding 1996 and 1998), the gala has become one of the most visible and successful charity events, drawing attendees from the fashion, film, society, business, and music industries.” Take a look back at the themes throughout the years from lists by AOL and Marie Claire UK.
This year’s theme and exhibition is entitled Manus x Machina. I appreciate the guests who take the theme to heart as opposed to wearing a safe and boring pretty dress. It’s not the Oscars. Show some creativity and imagination (Blake Lively). I do NOT particularly agree with Vogue’s Best Dressed for 2016; however, I was partial towards Oscar Winner, Brie Larson, in Proenza Schouler, since she is having her fashion moment, as opposed to the overexposed celebrities. Claire Danes was the belle of the ball wearing an L.E.D. gown designed by her dear friend, Zac Posen.
Manus x Machina exhibit designed by OMA in the Robert Lehman Wing created a dramatic entrance with Chanel’s 2014 wedding dress with a 20-foot train designed by Karl Lagerfeld. You feel like you have been transported into a sanctuary (or church) of fashion complete with hypnotizing background music. How I wished that I was the only person wandering around admiring the intricate details of each dress without having to fend for a prime position among the masses of pushy tourists. My favorite pieces were the original dresses designed by Givenchy (1966), Dior (1949), and Chanel (1937) at their prime. It shows how visionary and progressive they were, paving the way for future designers.
A perfect Mother’s Day: Met + Manus x Machina + Macarons from Laduree.