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WHAT IS THE MET GALA?

ILLUSTRATION BY JILL ANTHONY, BACKGROUND BY BRANDON SMITH
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Darlings, Can you feel the excitement in the air? There’s something stirring this spring and it’s not just the birds chirping or the bees buzzing. Fashion’s biggest night out, the Met Gala, always takes place the first Monday in May, and it’s right around the corner.

It’s a red carpet fashion lovers dream come true.

Every year the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the Met Gala to raise funds to cover its yearly expenses. Home to the largest collection of fashion in the world, the Costume Institute’s Met Gala, or the “Oscars of the East Coast,” coincides with the opening of the Institute’s themed exhibition. This year 200 pieces of clothing will be on exhibit for their show titled, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

Hildie Plumpepper wearing Sarah Jessica Parker’s 2013 Punk themed Met Gala Outfit. 

With approximately 550 guests in attendance and tickets costing as much as a new car, the invitation only event is the hardest party ticket of the year to get. Although not everyone pays for a ticket, brands invite celebrities to sit at their table, and up and coming designers can sometimes score a coveted ticket.

The very first gala, in 1948, was a midnight dinner and tickets were 50 dollars apiece. It was mostly a high society event until 1972, when the legendary fashion editor, Diana Vreeland, became a consultant and transformed the party and exhibition into an ambitious, one-of-a-kind event.

Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, took over in 1999 and shifted the focus to celebrities, turning it into a luxury blockbuster.

Once guests arrive on the red carpet and go up the grand staircase, what happens inside is a secret. Posting on social media is banned and besides the photos posted by Vogue, the only other glimpses we get are the secret bathroom selfies celebs post on instagram. Word is there’s a receiving line inside where guests must greet and air kiss the hosts. Then, after touring the exhibit, guests mingle and drink cocktails, followed by dinner and entertainment. Last year Madonna was the surprise performer, singing her hit “Like a Prayer” for the event’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

My favorite thing about the Met Gala is seeing who dresses with the event’s theme in mind. Perhaps one of the most talked about gowns was Rihanna’s incredible yellow, fur trimmed creation for the 2015 gala titled “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Designed by Chinese couturier, Gou Pei, the gown took 20 months to make and weighed 55 pounds.

Remember Brenda Coffee’s Met Gala post last year about “Mean Girls Who Belittle Women Over 50?” She wrote a letter to Millennials “Brittany & Jessie” who shamed Sarah Jessica Parker for “aging faster than spoiled Greek yogurt.” You have to read this!!

My personal favorite is the one I’m wearing here. It’s what Sarah Jessica Parker wore in 2013, for the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture:” a paint splattered gold leaf gown by Giles Deacon, plaid Louboutin boots and a Mohawk headdress. The look was pure punk elegance.

This year’s Camp theme is sure to be another fashion showstopper. With Lady Gaga as one of the night’s hosts, you can bet the red carpet will be fabulously over-the-top. So pop some popcorn and tune into E!News for its “Live from the Red Carpet” stream. Who knows, you may even see yours truly there!

Cheers Loves!

XOXO, Hildie


3 Comments

  • Hilda Smith April 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    I love looking at the over-the-top creations. I enjoy seeing the imaginative interpretations, I love fancy dress and themed parties maybe that is why. And I loved Sarah Jessica Parker’s creation too. xxx

    • Brenda Coffee April 26, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Hilda, I think SJP took a gutsy move when she wore this outfit. It’s different, that’s for sure. High fashion is eye candy. 99% of us will never be able to afford it or have a place to wear it, but it’s great fun to look at it on other women. xoxox, B

  • Sandra Sallin - Apart From My Art April 27, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Ha! When you said “Camp” I immediately thought of outdoor tents and camping gear. How in the world are they going to make camping gear chic? Then I backed up and realized I’d processed it incorrectly. It sounds like fun. I’ve noticed at 78 I’ve got tons of lines in my face. My answer? Take the photograph further away. No more close ups Mr. DeMille. Can’t wait to see your illustrations. My goodness if the theme is Camp, what in the world will they do differently than what they’ve been doing every year? You don’t think that is all camp?

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