Celebrities offend art for the sake of mediocre fashion.
As many know, the Met Gala is one of the most renowned annual fashion and art events. Gaining entry to the Gala is almost the equivalent of finding a golden ticket, it’s notoriously hard and rare.
The Met Gala is a collaboration between Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each year The Costume Institute at The Met launches a new exhibition that coincides with the Gala and sets its theme (in previous years we’ve seen such themes as ‘China Through the Looking Glass’, ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ and ‘Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century’).
This year the exhibition is “Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between”. For those who don’t know, Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer (co-founder of ‘it’ brand Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market) known for her incredible austere avant-garde work, blending of sculpture and clothing, ‘anti-fashion’ and deconstructed garments.
As described by the Met’s Costume Institute Curator, Andrew Bolton, Rei is “A woman who undermined all conventional assumptions about beauty and the body.”
So, in knowing a brief synopsis of Rei, we would come to expect a very vibrant, out of the norm, interesting collection of looks from the Met Gala guests – as Rei/Comme des Garçon is the theme.
Well according to the majority of the 2017 Met Gala guests, we all assumed wrong.
From Madonna in camouflage, to Kendal Jenner in a (predictable) see through number, all the way to Miss Anna herself… the theme is nowhere to be seen.
Thankfully a handful of attendees such as Rihanna, Grace Hartzel and Michele Lamy got the memo about the theme. However, it’s still very disheartening to see how many people chose not to even attempt to provide something avant-garde or in theme. (Not even a small structured sleeve? Anyone?! :'( )
The issue of people ignoring the theme stands for much more than just a ‘fashion faux pas’. It demonstrates a lack of regard for not only Rei but also, her legacy and all she’s done for fashion and art.
It seems that the whole point of the Met Gala has been undermined by ‘of the moment celebrities’ who have no apparent respect for the art they’re honouring at this event. * s/o to Kylie Jenner and all the other ‘celebs’ who can’t grasp the idea of no social media during the event either*
As leaders of the fashion publication world, I really hope the Vogue enforces stricter dress codes next year… or at least reconsiders their guest list (hint add me).
If you would like to inspect the damage for yourself: http://www.vogue.com/slideshow/met-gala-2017-red-carpet-live-celebrity-fashion#1
ALSO, big thank u to Dazed x BYRONESQUE for these killer memes: