Met Gala, the opening party for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fashion exhibition in New York City, is often described as either the Superbowl or the Oscars of fashion. With a long history dating back to 1946, the fundraising event marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The Gala is traditionally hosted by a celebrity chairperson, and this year’s event which took place on the 1st of May was chaired by British journalist Anna Wintour.
Katy Perry in John Galliano. Photograph: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for US Weekly
Every Gala has a theme which corresponds with that year’s Costume Institute exhibition. The 2015 Gala themed “China: Through the Looking Glass” became the subject of a documentary—The First Monday in May’ directed by Andrew Rossi. 225 approved photographers, reporters and social media participants documented the event for the documentary, while all other attendees were forbidden from using social media at the event.
This year’s Met Gala paid a tribute to Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawabuko and her Comme des Garçons fashion label.
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren. Photograph: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Jaden Smith embraced the spirit of Kawakubo while staying faithful to Louis Vuitton with what was lauded as the night’s best accessory: a clutch of his own recently shorn dreadlocks, held in hand like an avant-garde bridal bouquet. Katy Perry wore an elaborate scarlet costume by John Galliano for Maison Margiela, with “Eye Witness” embroidered onto her veil. Nicki Minaj had the H&M design team mold Kawakubo’s face on to a black obi-style belt, the Japanese designer’s trademark black bob giving the image a touch of Darth Vader. Priyanka Chopra’s Ralph Lauren trenchcoat-dress had a train which covered an entire flight of the Metropolitan Museum’s famous front steps. Solange Knowles also wore a coat by Thom Browne and Cara Delevingne was dressed by Chanel, with her recently shaven head painted in feathered silver paint and studded with crystals.
Kim Kardashian in Vivienne Westwood. Photograph: Jackson Lee/FilmMagic
The Guardian reported that just as intriguing as the eccentric gowns were watching the celebrities whose brands rely heavily on “straight-down-the-line hotness” wrestle with trying to fit into a fashion philosophy that is not necessarily about looking sexy. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid both applied Kawakubo audaciousness and stuck to their tried-out red carpet game of revealing as much of their skin as possible, and wore only a gossamer layer of tight black mesh.
Kim Kardashian, on the other hand, wore a white Vivienne Westwood dress which with the noticeable absence of jewelry “were a satisfying companion piece to the recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres in which she renounced materialism”, according to the Guardian.