The Met Gala, formally 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. It marks the grand 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.
What is “tech white tie”? The lucky few with the golden tickets to the Met ball have until Monday to figure out how to interpret this unusual dress code, stipulated on this year’s invitations in honour of the Manus X Machina theme. The rest of us can relax in our sweatpants, and wait for some prize sartorial entertainment. I mean, last year Rihanna interpreted the 2015 dress code of “Chinese white tie” as “dress as an omelette”, so the artistic expression bar is pretty high.
Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
The hosts of the night are Taylor Swift, Anna Wintour, Nicolas Ghesquière and Jony Ive. Can you even imagine the party-planning meetings? Do Anna and Jony lock horns over, like, napkin swans? Surely Tay Tay will have used that time doodling on the minutes pad and passing the biscuit plate to Nicolas to make sure she nabs the best Vuitton dress. In her 73 Questions video on the Vogue site, Taylor Swift – who is co-hosting the night – said she was going to go dressed as “a robot with a sword”, but we’re hoping Nicolas talked her into Look 34 instead. After all, she also said in the video that her favourite look was “anything high-waisted”. And the red leather bit is quite Bad Blood, no?
Beyonce in Gucci
Last year, Beyoncé’s Met look was all about her bottom. But Beyoncé has moved on from her bottom, and Formation-Lemonade-Beyoncé is fierce-feminist-artist Beyoncé. She likes Gucci at the moment, and she’s threatening Alexa Chung with a land grab on the pie-crust collar. So, a fierce, I’m-no one’s-arm-candy Gucci gown would tick all boxes. Will Solange bring that Anya Hindmarch crisp-packet handbag, of elevator-showdown fame?
Rihanna in Saint Laurent
CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE HOW INSANELY GOOD THIS WOULD LOOK. Please, RiRi. PLEASE.
Kim Kardashian in dissolving Hussein Chalayan dress
Idris Elba as Bond
Co-chair Elba has his own personal dress code, which involves always dressing in a way that reminds journalists to ask him if he’s going to be the next Bond. But a common-or-garden white tux won’t cut it at the Met, so we’re hoping to see him in Bottega Veneta Look 1 from the upcoming autumn collection: black tailoring over a black polo neck. One part Daniel-Craig-in-Sceptre, one part classic 70s Bond, one part fashion-insider.
Hussein Chalayan’s spring/summer show starred dissolving clothes. Two models wearing white thigh-length coats stood under a light mist of water, and the coats disappeared to reveal tiny dresses underneath. It’s the perfect marriage of hi-tech and hashtag-empowered nudity. Can you break the internet twice?
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