The ball has come a long way since the first one in 1948 where guests paid $50 to wear a designer outfit for a midnight dance and dinner. With the Hollywood/fashion influence of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and the help of the often outlandish themes- this event has become the most watched red carpet fashion parade of the year. A ticket to this exclusive event will now set you back about $25,000 for a cocktail hour, a tour of the exhibit, a formal dinner and entertainment by the hottest stars of the moment. Want more history behind the Met? Read about it here...
Now on to the fashion! The theme of the night was "China: Through the Looking Glass", and as per usual, some attendees straight up ignored or misunderstood the prompt, while others took it very literal, which some observers initially feared could turn out to be a culturally insensitive disaster- read that here and here- but as far as I know, no one came dressed in a full geisha costume with Kabuki style makeup and chopsticks in their hair. But honestly imo, with all the sheer, see through dresses that were seen- it seemed more like the theme was Through the looking Ass lol.
1. Rihanna: It's not hard for me to admit that I am and probably always will be a Rihanna stan as far as style goes. In my eyes, she can do no wrong sartorially and she proves me right time and time again. The Met Gala was no exception. Not only did she wear a gorgeous yellow mega cape by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei which she found herself (trust me when I say Wintour's influence is far and wide) but the vibrant color of her embroidered ensemble is extremely significant in Chinese culture and is associated with royalty and heroism. She looked great from every angle and slayed fully clothed!
* Beyonce: I always feel like I should live for Beyonce more than I do, but fashion and style wise I'm never really checking for her. This time was no exception- first of all this look has been seen time and time again from some of everybody- nude fabric, bedazzled for the gods to not so discretely highlight and hide intimate body parts. Secondly, I am just tired of this silhouette from Queen Bey and truth be told, the only thing I really truly lived for was her ponytail, which critics kept trying to reference as "I Dream of Jeanie" inspired when we all know every teen age girl in Cleveland (including myself) was rocking this fierce side pony heavy in the late 90s and early 2000s lol.