Met Gala Red Carpet: A Glamorous History
The Met Gala, for those who live in a forest without Wi-Fi or a copy of Vogue, is fashion’s biggest night. The annual event takes place in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and only those who are exclusively invited are allowed to attend. All proceeds go to benefit the museum’s costume Institute and the fashion event is also used as a launch party for its spring collection.
The event was established in 1948 by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert but has since been well known and associated with the one and only Anna Wintour who has been presided and organised by, since 1995. Each year the fundraising fashion exhibition has raised eight-figured sums, breaking the recorded of intake was in 2019 were the charity raised $15million.
The institute chooses big celebrity names to host the event, previously we have seen Harry Styles along with Lady Gaga. Other hosts have been Elizabeth Taylor ,Diana Ross, Elton John, Cher and many other celebrities play the role of host at the charity event.
A theme is also established for each years fashion event. The stars have to dress up according to the theme that is put into play by the institute making it even more fun to witness who has hit or missed the dress code.
Let’s look back at the events biggest fashion moments.
Starting off with the Queen of the Met Gala, Rihanna and the iconic yellow long-tailed gown, designed by Guo Pei. Rihanna has proven to be the master of fashion with her outfit choices to be cemented in Fashion history. Whether it is her avant-grande Commes des Garcons dress in 2017 or her Stella McCartney design she wore in 2014. It was her 2015 Met Gala look that stood out the most and also was the centre of attention for fashion and meme lovers. The exaggerated yellow cape gown was one of the few outfits that stood out as it was one of the few fashion choices that walked the carpet that fit the theme of the evening.
Next on the list of jaw-dropping fashion moments was the unforgettable Cinderella inspired dress worn by Claire Danes. The Zac Posen design blew the show with its beautiful princess details, but the most amazing part of the gown was in the dark, where the dress glowed up. It shinned its way through the Met Galas dance floor and into our hearts.
A iconic appearance was also made in 1996 featuring the one and only Princess Diana , who looked classy like always in a beautiful navy blue Dior slip dress, along with a seven-stranded pearl choker necklace, with an enormous sapphire and diamond clasp.
We can always count on Lady Gaga to make it on the list of legendary fashion moments. And in 2019, which is the year that she also hosted the charity event, made it clear why she is a fashion icon. In a 16 minute red carpet entrance, the ‘A Star is Born’ star began her entrance with a bang, wearing an enormous fuchsia cape coat (which was 25 yards long), designed by her long-time friend and collaborator Brandon Maxwell. The outfit did not end there as while walked through the red carpet, her cape was unfastened and revealed a black strapless bustier gown which was later shed to showcase a shocking pink gown. The outfit changes did not end there, towards the end of the red carpet, standing high up the staircase, Gaga, once again, removed the pink dress and revealed the last piece of her outfit change, which was a sparkling bra and knickers.
Some more honorable looks were Cher in Bob Mackie back in 1974, where the singer attended the event wearing a risqué custom feathered-trim gown. The gown has since been named the “phenomenal gown” which was also the beginning of the “naked dress” trend
Another glamorous look was Naomi Campbell’s 1995 appearance at the Met Gala, where she looked radiant Valentino column gown covered in crystals, that could easily blind all the photo crazed paparazzi who jumped out of their seats to take photos of the dress and the beautiful Naomi.
As we have just seen above, the Met Gala has been THE place to make a fashion statement and become a fashion legend for generations to come. This year will be no different as we will see big names hosting and exciting new themes. Since last year’s annual event got cancelled due to covid, this year they will celebrate twice as big. The Costume Institute has announced a two-par Met Gala for 2021 and 2022! The hosts will be none other than Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gormanalong with an theme, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute, is American Fashion. The fundraising event will take place on September 13th.