The Met Gala,formerly called the Costume Institute Gala, and also known as the Met Ball is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York city.
The Met Gala marks the opening of the costume institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s costume institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night,since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit.
The Met Gala has been active since 1948 and is organised by Vogue.
The theme for this year’s Met Gala and exhibit is titled “Camp: Notes on fashion” a play on Susan Sontay’s essay from 1964,in her words,she wrote “The essence of camp is it’s love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration”.
Camp style is largely based on irony and questionable taste,the way of Camp is not in terms of fashion but in terms of artifice,of stylization.
The event this year will take place on May 6 at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met Gala comes up every first Monday in May.
This year,there will be five cochairs of the event – Anna Wintour (of course) who will stand at the top of the Met step to receive guests,alongside Lady Gaga,Serena Williams, Harry Styles and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.
The show will include (give or take) around 175 pieces included in the 2019 exhibit at the museum,that count includes not only womenswear and menswear from brands like Balenciaga, Gucci,Chanel,Moschino,Vivienne Westwood (and many,many more) but also sculptures, paintings and drawings.
While half of the exhibit will trace the world’s roots from Versailles (‘Camp’ was reportedly included in a 1909 Victorian slang dictionary),the secondary will tackle the concepts expression through contemporary designers.
The Met Gala is always an event every fashion inclined person looks forward to, not only because of the glitz and glamour, but also because of what the celebrities will wear.
We are all speculating about what the guests will come up with for their attire this year. Every year is an opportunity for the celebrities/designers to make a tremendous statement on the red carpet.
I love the fact that the celebrities that attend usually arrive with the fashion designers who has dressed them for the evening.
Camp does not necessarily emphasize style,it’s kind of tough to even think about,seeing as the Met Gala itself is an elevation of style to the utmost degree.
I really can’t wait to see what the designers will come up with.
See some of the looks from the Met Gala in 2018 (Theme – Heavenly bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination).
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