This year, on the 1st Monday of May a.k.a Costume Institute’s annual The Met Gala happened last night, as I’m sure it’s no news. This year the exhibition is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” celebrating the unconventional fashion of Comme des Garcons creator, Rei Kawakubo. An innovator of her own who has always refuse to follow rules when it comes to designing and creating her clothing line. If you go into Comme des Garcons website you’ll be welcomed with a massage that reads “wear your freedom” in Japanese translated into English. The celebrated Fashion Designer also owns the department store Dover Street Market with flagships in three different continents including one in London and one in New York. If you have ever visited one of Dover Street Market stores, you can clearly see the concept is one of its own where the designers show a very strong personal design vision and style. The exhibition is curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. Raul Avila has been in charge of the gala décor since 2007. Apart from being one of the only places where streaming live from inside is strictly prohibited, the event main purpose is not only to provide a platform where the most coveted celebrities can show the world how beautiful and privilege they are, we all already know that but, the main purpose of the most glamorous night of the year is to raise money for the Costume Institute; the fashion department at the Met. Last year’s exhibition “Manus ex Machina, raised $13.5 million. Tickets this year are $30,000 apiece, and tables are about $275,000. Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief oversees every detail of the event.
The exhibition opens to the public three days later on May 4th and goes through September 4th, 2017. If you cannot make it to the exhibition, there is a book authored by Andrew Bolton and designed by Fabien Baron, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art that you can buy here. Below, some of the most stunning gowns of the night.
Naomi Watts, Stella McCartney and Kate Hudson wearing Stella McCartney. I love both of these dresses and I think Kate’s very white hair looks great.
Love love this dress. Hailey Baldwin looking like a modern princess in Carolina Herrera and I love the headpiece even more.
The gorgeous Zendaya wearing Dolce and Gabbana. I want that hair.
I’m so happy to see two of my style icons going back to their fashion roots, a bit more bohemian and younger and less androgynous. Mary Kate and Ashley in The Row.
Kim Kardashian in Vivienne Westwood.
Jennifer Lopez in Valentino
Halle Berry in Versace
Anna Wintour in Chanel
Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren Custom. I’m not a fan of the safety net covering half of her face but, I love how beautiful this dress looks on her.
All fashion images by Benjamin Norman for The New York Times