It’s that time of the year again where award shows are back in motion, and much needed after so many cancelations last year. The red carpet is being pressed and steamed as we speak, and one of the biggest moments of fashion every year, The Met Gala is happening! Let’s hope it stays that way. For the lovely readers who have never heard of the Met Gala, it is fashion's most exciting event of the year. Stars and industry professionals work together to deliver the most fierce look. The Met Gala is a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, taking place on May 3rd.
The theme was recently announced as a two-part exhibition on American Fashion 2021 AND 2022. When the theme was announced the internet was soon booming with imagined fashion looks we might see at this year's event. The theme was quickly trending and some of the proposed looks were more than imaginative and nothing short of hilarious. There's a link at the bottom of this article with some of the best, worst, and... interesting looks the internet came up with.
StyldLife fashion stylist Mia Collins and I had a chance to talk about the last Met Gala, as well as what we are excited to see for this year’s event.
In 2019 the Met Gala theme was Camp, meaning overly dramatic and exaggerated. We both agreed Billy Porter really embodied the theme, and his style was simply made for this moment. His gold Egyptian Sun God ensemble was a fashion look people will be talking about for ages to come. Porter collaborated with designing duo ‘The Blonds’, who created his 24 karat headpiece and catsuit, hand detailed with Preciosa crystals. When asked what the theme camp meant to him, Porter replied to Variety, “Irreverence. Camp means as hugely over-the-top and grand and what some may feel is ridiculous and silly, and embracing all of those creative impulses inside us that very often are squelched.” Porter also revealed to Variety his look paid homage to Diana Ross's character in Mahogany.
Collins also gave honorable mentions to many other artists including both Jourdan Dunn and Gal Gadot. Dunn turned herself into a rose straight out of a fairy tale. Her deep burgundy 30-pound dress, which supported large plastic roses, was designed by Zac Posen, and General Electric Additive and built by Protolabs.
This beautiful a-line silhouette flatters Dunn’s figure as each rose, although exaggerated, appears to all be quite realistic yet whimsical at the same time. Dunn’s designer told The New York Times, “Mother Nature can be simple, abstract, challenging, and definitely campy, in ways that are surprising, shocking. You cannot beat Mother Nature. You can just homage.” Gal Gadot wore an H-shaped cape from the 2019 spring collection of the Givenchy line, designed by Clare Waight Keller. The dress appeared almost angelic, but still simple.