Along with being a world standout in media, sports, finance, food and advertising New York City also has a world famous fashion industry. And each of NYC big industries also has its own rituals and celebrations, those times when everyone gets dressed up, walks the red carpet and graciously accepts awards and asccolades.
And for fashion there is of course the 2 big fashion weeks per year but the big bash, red carpet event is the Met Gala held annualy. It is a fundraiser event to support the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Each year the opening of the Costume Institutes annual fashion exhibit and the Met Gala co-incide, and it’s all happening on Monday May 4th.
There is always a theme to each years fashion exhibition usually honoring a particular designer, nation or era in fashion design. Last year the fabulous designer of ball gowns, Charles James was honored and this year the theme is ‘China:Through the Looking Glass’.
For years now the whole thing has been presided over by NYC’s Fashion Czarina, Anna Wintour, but as both the premier fashion and society do of the year the politics of who gets to do what and sit where and with whom during the whole thing makes Washington DC look like kiddy playground antics. Last year Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the co-hosts, this year it’s Jennifer Lawrence. Both ladies are being honored, of course, for their impeccable dressing rather than their acting prowess.
Wintour controls the guest 650-700 person guest list, an accurate barometer of who is among the ranks of NYC’s social elite. People can buy a ticket to go but be prepared to cough up $25,000 for the privilege and heaven knows where you will be sitting.
But apart from all the social chess that is part of the event, it is of course all about the clothes. The net worth of the dresses that will be worn by attendees would keep Greece afloat easily, so let’s hope they don’t get any ideas and try to highjack the ladies. But those dresses are fabulous, just see the video for the highlight dresses of last years event.