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The Met Gala 2017

The Met Gala 2017

The first Monday in May.

For us Brits, it's a Bank Holiday filled with the excitement of a 3-day weekend. But hop over the pond, or talk to any fashion enthusiast and they'll have a very different description: The Met Gala.

Formally known as the Costume Institute Gala, the Met Gala (or Met Ball) is the annual fundraising event for Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. 

Started in 1946, the gala marks the grand opening of the Costume Insitute's fashion exhibit. The theme of the night matching that of the exhibition.

The theme of 2017? Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons: Art of the Inbetween

Rei Kawakubo is only the second living designer in the Met's history to be the sole focus of its incredible fashion exhibit (the first was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983).

As a designer, Kawakubo has ripped up the fashion rule book. Since establishing Comme Des Garçons in Toyko in 1973, she has continuously challenged conventions - her gender crossing designs distorting rather than enhancing the female form.

 Nick Knight - Comme Des Garçons autumn/winter 2008

Nick Knight - Comme Des Garçons autumn/winter 2008

Now onto the part you've all be waiting for - the outfits!

The extent to which attendees follow the theme varies wildly from person to person. Especially when it is so sartorially subversive. Many interpreted the theme as an opportunity to go slightly more avant-garde with their outfit. Whilst others seemed to ignore it all together. 

So I think it is only right to start with those celebrities who actually wore Comme Des Garçons. 

Some of my favourite outfits from the night were the deconstructed, suit inspired dresses worn by the likes of Jordan Dunn and Claire Danes. 

Now to the men. They may not be as avant-garde with their outfits but they were definitely all looking very dapper.

Thank you to Tabitha who pointed out that Matthew Rhys was actually wearing a traditional Welsh kilt - rather than the skirt I mistook it for!!

 

Many outfits gave subtle hints to the theme. Red was a common colour, as was black - Rei Kawaubo was among the avant-garde Japanese designers who introduced black as an everyday fashion staple. 

And whilst I could continue dissecting every outfit, discussing how each link in some way to the theme I think I should probably stop. Not least because I have an exam tomorrow morning that I desperately need to revise for! 

So I'll end this post with my favourite outfit of the night. It may have very little to do with Rei Kawakubo, Comme De Garçons or even the Art of the Inbetween but the moment I saw it I fell in love. 

It helps that it's being worn by a supermodel!

 Liu Wen in Off White

Liu Wen in Off White

If you want to see more of dresses from last night, including Kendall and Kylie's barely-there outfits, then head over to British Vogue's photo gallery

And if you want to learn more about what goes into the preparation for the Met Gala then I recommend watching The First Monday In May - Andrew Rossi's 2016 documentary about the legendary event. 

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Madrid

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Stockbridge Market

Stockbridge Market