Met Gala. A topic that dominated all the nooks and corners of social media, news websites, etc. But what exactly is a Met Gala? Let’s dive in to find out the meaning behind this fashion festival.
History of Met Gala
The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event or a ball held for benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute situated in New York. It is also called as the Met Ball. The Met Gala takes place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Celebrities from various fields like fashion, sports, music, theatre, film, etc are invited to this gala. This event is organised by the American Fashion Magazine, Vouge.
It is considered to be the world’s most prestigious fashion event. Marking the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, this gala is held annually on the first Monday of May. Every year, a theme will be followed, thereby setting a tone for the attire of the night.
Eleanor Lambert, the founder of the Met Gala was instrumental for the emergence of New York as the fashion capital and increasing the prominence of the American Fashion Industry. It was established as a fundraiser for the then newly founded Costume Institute in the year 1948. The first Met Gala was a dinner party. Over the years, it evolved into what it is right now. Since 1984, Met gala has been conducted every year, except in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme of this year’s Met Gala is “Gilded Glamour”, inspired by the New York’s Gilded age. Gilded age, dating from 1870 to 1900, was a period of time where rapid economic growth was encountered in The United States. This was also known as the golden age of corruption as the rich grew ricker by creating monopolies in the field of petroleum, steel and transportation. Millions of immigrants arrived in the country, thereby revolutionising the cultural atmosphere forever. This era faced a major growth in the fashion industry as the advancements in the industry paved the way for easier production of fabrics.
Even though a lot of celebrities were invited this year, only a few decided to stick with the theme. Blake Lively, the hostess of this year’s Met Gala, amused everyone with her outfit by Atelier Versace. Upon arrival, she wore a pink-orange dress which was accompanied by a matching bow at her side and gloves. The bow was actually hiding a beautiful teal coloured skirt which was let down as she made her way through the stairs. Her dress was actually inspired by the New York city’s architecture, majorly depicting the oxidation process of Statue of Liberty.
Billie Eilish was one among the very few celebrities who stuck with the theme. She wore a silky corseted gown accompanied with sparkling earrings and a black choker. Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s dress which she wore while singing the iconic “Happy Birthday” song to John F Kennedy in 1962. Lizzo arrived at the red carpet with her hand embroidered gold and black coat with a black gown. Olivia Rodrigo wore a lavender Versace gown. This look was completed with lilac gloves and lilac butterfly clips. Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto wore matching cream coloured tuxedoes, embroidered with floral bouquets, white shirts, black gloves, bowties, topping with black boots.
These were a few honourable mentions of this year’s Met Gala. Except a very few, no one tried to stick with the theme. There were a lot of options in this theme and if it was explored correctly, we could have been teleported back to the 1870’s.