The Nexus of Art & Fashion: Met Gala

By Harry Charlesworth, Opinions Editor

This year’s Met Gala was, of course, fabulously decadent and over the top, as always. Guests walked up the red carpet to a monolithic two-story couture gown woven from fresh flowers. The theme of this year’s soiree was a celebration of the late fashion icon Charles James, whose designs hugged just about all the curves of every actress of the silver screen. In tandem with the gala, the new Charles James exhibit at the Institute will open to the public.
The party was decadent, the people were pretty, and the drinks flowed. There were plenty of hit and misses this year, with some people ignoring the theme all together. My personal favorite of the night was Sarah Jessica Parker and her date Andy Cohen. SJP, although sometimes a little “out there,” is always put together, to the nines, and fits the theme to a t. Her Oscar De La Renta gown was whimsically sexy, evoking blissful nostalgia of Carrie Bradshaw’s eclectic style that only Carrie could pull off.
From the gala to the infamous official unofficial after party elevator beat down which will now and forever be etched on the face of human history, a story that will be told to generations of children to come, the Knowles’s look was a disaster. Beyonce was dressed for a Victorian funeral, while Solange dressed more like the frumpy old aunt instead of the hip younger sister. Another big miss of the evening was Katie Holmes, who looked like a slimy egg yolk in her less than elegant Marchesa dress, which was made only more unfortunate by the fact that Karolina Kurkova slayed in a dress of the same label. Clearly there is no favoritism afoot here *cough cough.*
This year is also especially momentous for the Met, as they have renamed The Costume Institute “The Anna Wintour Costume Institute.” Wintour, Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief and Creative Director of Conde Nast, has been a huge donor and supporter to the museum for years. Her philanthropism will now be immortalized, carved in stone over the entrance to the foremost important center of fashion archives in the world.

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