The Met is Back

Molly Glus, Reporter

Glitz, glamour, and plenty of celebrities.

Karolina Kurkova wearing Marchesa at the Met Gala 2014. Kurkova is known for her modeling career. (Credit: Flickr/Zezaprince)

This year’s Met Gala occurred on May 1st. A-listers from all over the country and the world travel to New York City and its Metropolitan Museum of Art for what many call “the party of the year.” The gala is a fundraiser to raise money for its costume and fashion institute, and also launches its spring exhibition. However, behind the nights designer clothes and abundance of celebrities is the true meaning of the gala, are its creative minds behind the spectacular night.

It has become fashion’s most important party, being themed around several fashion themes, designers, and cultural ideas. The decision to raise money for the gala to raise money for the Met is unique, due to the fact that the Met’s fashion institute is the only cultural exhibition that has to finance its own activities.

Former Vogue director Diana Vreeland brought glamour to the Met’s fashion institute. She created the idea for the gala to have launch parties for the exhibitions. The exhibitions became a place where world renowned designers, models, and fashion industry regulars showed up in high numbers.

Following Vreeland, the current editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, chose to make the focus of the night celebrities. Wintour invited celebrities such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian, and many more to attend the legendary event. Hundreds of other celebrities followed in their footsteps.

As for who gets the press’s attention, numerous fashion icons and celebrities walk the red carpet in their thousand dollar suits and dresses. Musicians, models, and actors such as Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, and Rihanna are only a few who are recognized for their phenomenal outfits on this annual historic night of fashion.

This year’s theme was based upon the 74 year old world renowned designer, Rei Kawakubo and her brand, Comme des Garçons.

“She (Kawakubo) proved that you could be an outsider and still be influential, that you could follow your instincts and still make a difference,” stated Vogue.

The dress code for the night is completely limitless, calling for celebrities to show up in their most creative attire. Some of the most talked about outfits came from the A-listers who attended. Kendall Jenner wore a sparkly and revealing La Perla couture piece. According to Fox News reporters, Jenner’s dress was made entirely of thread and held 85,000 crystals. Additionally, pop star Rihanna was one of the most talked about of the night wearing a piece directly from the Comme des Garçons collection.

While the night is known for the creative outfits, plenty of stars shined with a simple elegance. Gisele Bundchen was seen in a simply elegant silver dress with a deep back. Additionally, Bella Hadid wore a sheer catsuit designed by Alexander Wang.

While many outfits were on the best-dressed list, some were not. Katy Perry was seen in a red veiled Maison Margiela piece designed by John Galliano. Perry’s veil was covered in springs and mirrors, and had the world “witness” embroidered over the veil. Critics from Daily Mail rated the piece as one of the worst of the night.

Various posts from celebrities throughout the night concluded that the party was one for the ages. The Met Gala 2017 lived up to its potential.