Last night the annual Met Gala (also known as the Costume Institute Gala) was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. The gala marks the new exhibition and it is tradition to keep the dress code aligned with the theme of the exhibition opening for the public on the 7th of May.
The exhibition China: Through The Looking Glass showcases work from this great and vast nation. It also lead to a very dangerous dress code situation in terms of cultural appropriation, but it seemed most of the attendees managed to keep it appropriate (no pun intended). For me, the Met Gala is that time of year when celebrities work with designers and comes up with the most “out there” looks possible. Go big or go home! One attendee doing just this was Rihanna, wearing a handsewn yellow cape by Chinese designer Guo Pei, that allegedly took two whole years to make. Except for the fur situation, after having followed the red carpet arrivals live at 2 AM last night she woke me up and kind of shut the show down. I felt overwhelmed, in a good way. My other favourite outfits of the evening was worn by Fan BingBing and Lady Gaga.
If I were to attend this event myself (which let’s be real, unless you’re tight with a designer or have 10K laying around, it’s not going to happen) I would have loved to wear something special made by a Chinese designer without going into dangerous costume territory. I like it when there are nods to the dress code, which unfortunately a lot of the attendees don’t seem to really care about. A bit of a missed opportunity if you ask me! Here are some of my favourite looks of the night;
I collected these through different sites doing live updates so I’m afraid the sources are a bit all over the place this time.