The Met Gala is ‘the’ event in the fashion fundraising calendar, Vogue UK compares it to the Oscars. The Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum goes back to the year 1948, which is when the fund-raiser was held for the very first time. It was established by Eleanor Lambert – a publicist to encourage donations from New York’s elite. In its modern day version, the gala is fronted by Vogue US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who enlists several industry A-listers to co-host the event. Every year the crème de la crème of the film, fashion, art and music fraternity come together to raise money for Met’s Costume Institute while celebrating the opening of its latest exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is extended to the fund-raiser. Gala’s from the previous years had themes such as Manus x Machina, Punk Chaos to Couture, China Through the Looking Glass etc. 2018 gala had the theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The 2018 event was co-hosted by Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace. The theme explores the influence of religious and liturgical clothing on fashion, Vogue UK, in its report of the Gala takes us through the influences catholic religion had over Coco Chanel who was educated by nuns and by John Galliano
While the MET Gala is the most anticipated event on the New York Fashion Circuit, where A-listers start prepping for their looks month in advance to make an entrance at the event. While media tries to pit one celebrity against another accessing their choice of outfit for the Gala, the audience watches in awe as the spectacle unravels. The outfits donned by the attendees may seem over the top, and only suitable for the ‘Red Carpet’ however let’s look at some trends that can translate from the red carpet to the street-style scene.
The theme left a lot to one’s imagination, many celebrities took to celebrate the centre-piece of catholic clothing – the headpiece. While Rihanna ruffled a few feathers with her rendition of the Papal tiara. Celebrities like Rita Ora, Priyanka Chopra, Janelle Monae, Lily Collins and Rosie Huntington – Whiteley chose to pay an ode to the angels by donning halos, angel wing and veils worn by nuns. Each of these costume lends to street-style interpretation with the use of bucket hats, fishnet scarfs and embellished headbands and hairpins. The headpieces represent various aspects of religious attire with a hind of satire, in line with the spirit of the street-style culture. One can easily tone down the look according to the occasion. Muted hats, hair pins and hair bands could be an ideal fit for casual outings. Whereas more formal, dressed up occasions like prom, debutante ball and weddings call for a little extravagance.
Celebrities like Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Cara Delevingne and Zendaya utilized props to bring alive the theme. Rihanna, also through her Vatican veneer paid an ode to the art of costume making, at the MET gala. In an everyday scenario, costumes are a part of kids fashion, when it comes to school events or costume parties. The met gala can serve as an inspiration, next time your kids need a costume idea.
One look at the red carpet turn out at the MET gala and the baroque influence will jump right at you. The opulence of the era was closely linked to the church with the reformation and counter-reformation era. The dress materials are embellished with jewels and sequences in gold, silver and other jewel tones. We also see velvet being used on several occasions. These can directly translate as accessories or separates that are donned for celebratory occasions when it comes to taking the inspiration off the red carpet and into everyday situations. The dress materials are perfect to add some pizzazz to ‘Night out’, ‘Black Tie’ and other formal events. The current trends are also in favour of metallic hues and jewel tones for the season. The trend extends to jewellery as well, as we see many guests donning diamond tiaras, greenstone pendants, ruby earrings, sapphire encrusted gowns etc.
Men at Met
The men weren’t far behind either, Chadwick Boseman, Diddy and Jared Leto, all put their best foot forward when it came to channelling their piousness. While some men chose to accessorize with biblical emblems, other such as Bradley Cooper, George Clooney choose the formal black tie and tux combo with a statement watch as an accessory. While the former may be hard to emulate in the everyday scenario; we are no stranger to black tie dressing. Men’s guess watch collection is loaded with some steal-worthy pieces. Tux or no tux, accessories for men is the next big thing to upgrade their everyday outfits.
For the Met Gala, frescos left their pristine palaces and were presented in the form of evening gown adorned at the fundraiser. The grandiose may be hard to pull off in everyday scenarios, however the prints can be easily adapted for evening wear. A statement jacket, shirt or even a clutch will seal the deal. We see these on celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Salma Hayek and Stella Maxwell
While others decided to go with the grain, Jayden Smith, Jasmine Sanders and Phoebe Waller-Bridge wore their rebellion with pride. One can easily take this trend to the street with statement quotes t-shirt and pride coloured jackets. Take your stance and take it in style. Don’t fret too much about the occasion, as long as the rebellion is well-put together, no one will raise an eyebrow.
While the avant-garde styles may seem impossible to emulate in real -life situations or occasions; a little alteration and imagination can go a long way when it comes to adapting these high-fashion pieces to high-street scenarios. We hope this article helped you with an idea or two to make your own fashion statements everyday.