Take for instance, Chloë Sevigny’s casual brown jacket paired with a beige midi skirt for the “In Style: Celebrating 50 Years of the Costume Institute” exhibit in 1998. Granted, Sevigny sported this look in the earlier days of the Met Gala, when there was no physical red carpet and the event itself was less of a media spectacle.
Chloë Sevigny at the Met Gala in 1998.
In 2005, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen made their Met Gala debut in romantic dresses that are a stark difference form the cerebral looks we see the CFDA Award-winning designers wear today.
How far to take the theme is always a quandary for Met Gala guests. In 2004, model Amber Valletta went all-in on the “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century” theme replete with a Marie Antoinette-inspired wig, Maggie Norris corset and John Galliano-patterned skirt.
Then there’s former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy,
For his runway show debut at New York Fashion Week, Edvin Thompson of Theophilio drew inspiration from Air Jamaica, which had been the national airline in Jamaica from 1968 to 2015. A plane from that airline was the first aircraft Thompson flew on when he immigrated to America in 2002. As a child he loved...
Amanda Gorman has made her Met Gala debut. The national youth poet laureate, who is co-chairing the 2021 Met Gala, arrived on the red carpet wearing a custom Vera Wang dress that references the Statue of Liberty. The cobalt blue look was designed as a mini dress with a tulle train and Swarovski crystals. Gorman’s...