Met Gala Recap

Yasmin Vizguerra, Reporter

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The Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the biggest event in fashion.

      Known as the Met Gala, the event is a fundraiser that was founded by Eleanor Lambert, first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York’s high society.

     In its modern incarnation, the met gala hosts famous faces from the realms of fashion, film, music, and art, to come together and raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of the latest exhibits.

    The night is centered around its central theme, previous years encompassing everything from Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, to Manus x Machina, Punk: Chaos to Couture, to this years theme, Camp: Notes On Fashion.

    Since 1995, the editor-in-chief of US Vogue, Anna Wintour, enlists publics figures to co-host the event.

    This year, the event was co-hosted by Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams.

    The people in attendance comprised of mostly actors while the lesser percentage were those in the fashion world.

    The Met Gala takes place on the first Monday in May, this year being held on May 6.

    The famed night begins with a cocktail hour in which the guests walk the carpet, explore the new exhibition, before sitting down for dinner and enjoy an evening performance, this year’s performance given from the courtesy of Cher.

     The theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, is derived from Susan Sontag’s famed 1994 essay, which for many inspires a different meaning.

     Co-hosts Lady Gaga, who had orchestrated four different outfit changes consisting of a large pink dress then a black dress, a tight-fitting pink dress, and the rest of her undergarments. Harry Styles, who pierced his own ear for his Gucci outfit, Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, in his own pink Gucci outfit paired with a crown and Serena Williams, who paired her highlighter colored Versace dress with the a pair of Nike shoes, were the first to show.

     Hailey Bieber showed up wearing Alexander Wang as model friend Kendall Jenner and sister Kylie Jenner wore feathered Versace gowns.

     Dakota Johnson wore Gucci as did Karlie Kloss and Jared Leto caught the eye of many with his a model of his own head he carried as an accessory.

     Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story, wore a bejewelled cape designed by Christian Siriano.

     Cara Delevingne wore a colorful rainbow gown designed by Christian Dior.

     Maluma wore a silver-gold suit by Moschino by Jeremy Scott.

     Celebrities that were most talked about included Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Katy Perry.

     Lady Gaga began the carpet and is notorious now for her four outfit changes she managed to go on the carpet.

     Harry Styles was named the king of Camp before the event by Wintour herself; he wore a Gucci outfit of a black sheer blouse and high-waisted pants, also sporting a pearl earring from Gucci- he is said to have pierced it himself the night before the Met. Styles’ imprint on Wintour, gave him the chance to co-host the Met Gala in just his first year of attendance.

     “I really didn’t expect his outfit choice but he really delivered on embodying the theme,” said Yesenia Vizguerra (‘20).

     Kendall and Kylie Jenner were talked about after the event for the fact that Kendall and Kylie sported similar feathery dresses, Kendall’s in orange while Kylie’s was purple.  The sisters managed to wear the same dress as Iggy Azalea; also in a different color.

     Katy Perry showed up wearing a light-up gown, quite literally. She showed up in a chandelier dress.

     The Met however was missing a few notable attendees such as Rihanna, who always has the most talked about outfits and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, as well as, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, and Ariana Grande.

     “I was really disappointed Rihanna nor Lana Del Rey showed up for the event but there’s always next year,” said Madeline Gierzynski (‘20).

      Every year the Met is the talked about event with its outrageously “out there” themes and outfits as every year, the 71st anniversary of the event not failing to disappoint.

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