Every year, the Met Gala rings in the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual blockbuster show — as well as the opportunity to gawk at the many celebrities attending the Gala, which is essentially an elaborately-themed Celebrity Prom.
Though the Gala does not strictly enforce a theme, many of the guests’ costumes/outfits are nods to the exhibition being celebrated at the event. As the New York Times reports:
It isn’t explicitly stated that attendees have to dress like the exhibition, but it is encouraged. This can backfire. In 2015, the exhibition was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and it created some politically incorrect moments when celebrities and the designers who dressed them got their Asian references muddled.
So, basically: it is an unspoken rule that all attendees should dress in keeping with the theme of the exhibition, which usually results in some fairly outrageous ensembles.
This year, the exhibition is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” and Gala guests were encouraged to be “avant-garde” in their fashion choices.
Predictably, the fashion at this year’s Met Gala was somewhat divisive for Twitter: either people loved the boldness of a particular ensemble, or they found it to be embarrassing and hideous. Either the internet was obsessed with the classic simplicity of a gown, or everyone was peeved that the “safe” dress choice totally wimped out on the Gala’s theme.
Either way: there was a lot to absorb. Let’s feast our eyeballs, shall we?