So, one of my dreams is to someday be invited to the Met Gala! The Met Gala is a yearly fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It’s always hosted by Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and a select co-host. The themes revolve around an actual exhibition from the Costume Institute, and celebrities tend to wear outfits that reflect the theme.
It’s always held on the first Monday in May. If you want to learn more, you should definitely check out the documentary The First Monday in May which offers an awesome behind the scenes look at how the gala is put together.
In anticipation of tonight’s festivities, I thought it would be fun to reflect on some past celebrity styles:
First up, we have Blake Lively wearing Burberry in 2016. This dress is like a fairytale. It evokes romance, and I absolutely love it! The light shimmer in the sheen of the fabric really makes it perfect.
Next we have Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Oscar de la Renta in 2014. SJP is a major fixture at the Met Gala (fun fact: she grew up in Cincinnati so I feel a close kinship with her!) I love the way the black bodice sits atop the full white skirt. It almost looks like a black lotus flower with petals spreading down.
This third look is Amal Clooney wearing Maison Margiela in 2015. I think the dress would look better against a different color background (so much red) but the structure of this piece is fascinating. The layers are fabulous and the deliberate asymmetry is stunning.
Now we have Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Stella McCartney in 2011. My reaction to this dress is so similar to the one Lea Michele is experiencing as she photobombs this snapshot. I love it! Of course, you know any dress largely made of sparkles is definitely going to appeal to me.
Next we have Miuccia Prada wearing Prada in 2005. Miuccia is the head designer of Prada and the founder of Miu Miu. Her grandfather was the founder of Prada. While I don’t love the look completely, I think the intricate pattern in this frock is fantastic. Also, this is a great example of how celebrities take more avant garde risks during the Met Gala, but more of that later…
This look is Kate Moss wearing Marc Jacobs in 2009. I’m a huge fan of metallics, so this one really stands out to me. And, as a side note, I absolutely need that carpet in my apartment. It’s gaudy but totally me. I wish my carpet was black and that I had a zebra-print area rug just like this!
And last, but not least, we have this creation: Sarah Jessica Parker again but wearing H&M in 2015. There’s so much to dissect in this picture. First, this is an extreme avant garde headpiece, which she pulls off because she pairs it with a subtler dress. Also, how amazing is it that she wore H&M to the Met Gala?! Finally, I love the floral detailing on the train of the dress. It’s surprising and pulls it all together.
Tonight, I’m going to be obsessively stalking social media outlets so I can feel like I’m a part of tonight’s Met Gala. This year’s theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. So, I imagine there will be a lot of cross embellishments and metallics. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post which will feature my best and worst dressed list from the night’s event.
Thanks for reading!