3 Things to Know About Met Gala 2014 – The Oscars of Fashion

Sarah Jessica Parker Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Oscar de la Renta
By Butterboom Writers  /  May 9, 2014

The fashion world is still buzzing about the 2014 Met Gala (annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute) that took place this Monday in New York. In case you have missed the news, or just plainly frustrated with that ocean of red carpet photos, here’s a quick breakdown for you. There are only 3 things you need to know about the Met Gala this year.

1. A Big Day for Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour Costume Center Opening Michelle Obama Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute

As a long-time chair of the Met Gala, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had her big moment early morning before the 2014 Ball — she was honoured by First Lady Michelle Obama at the grand opening of the Anna Wintour Costume Center, a newly-revamped Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum officially named the fashion wing after Ms. Wintour to recognise her Met Gala fundraising work of 19 years. A huge crowd of industry elite cheered for Ms. Wintour at the ceremony, including Donatella Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander Wang.

2. 2014 Gala Theme — Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Charles James Four Leaf Clover Gown Butterfly Ball Gown

Charles James: Beyond Fashion is the first exhibition of Anna Wintour Costume Center, which features the legendary career of 20th-century couturier Charles James, and is accordingly the Gala theme this year. Charles James is best remembered for his dramatic, highly sculptural ballroom gowns. His complex tailoring and unconventional use of materials redefined mid-century glamour and earned him a reputation as “fashion’s premier architect”. One of James’ iconic creations is the Four-Leaf Clover ball gown.

3. Celebs Go All Directions to Reinterpret James’ Classics

Though Ms. Wintour set a “White Tie and Decorations” dress code, Met Gala attendees were determined to interpret Charles James’ work in their own ways. Meanwhile designer Zac Posen stole the show dressing ladies in his massive, architectural gowns that beautifully translate James’ old-world elegance to modern day. Here’s our selection of fine dresses from the star-studded red carpet:

The Origamis, Mermaids & Butterflies

Arizona Muse Liu Wen Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Ralph & Russo Zac Posen

Arizona Muse in Ralph & Russo Couture; Liu Wen in Zac Posen

Karolina Kurkova Maggie Q Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Marchesa Zac Posen

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa; Maggie Q in Zac Posen

Dita Von Teese Kendall Jenner Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Zac Posen Topshop

Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen; Kendall Jenner in Topshop

Naomi Watts Charlize Theron Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Givenchy Couture Dior Couture

Naomi Watts in Givenchy Couture; Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

The Crop Top & V Cut Rebels

Anne Hathaway Rihanna Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Calvin Klein Collection Stella McCartney

Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein Collection; Rihanna in Stella McCartney

Georgia May Jagger Dree Hemingway Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Thierry Mugler Proenza Schouler

Georgia May Jagger in Thierry Mugler; Dree Hemingway in Proenza Schouler

The Shimmer & Sheer Factors

Joan Smalls Suki Waterhouse Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Vera Wang Burberry

Joan Smalls in Vera Wang; Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Leighton Meester Blake Lively Met Gala 2014 Charles James Beyond Fashion Emilio Pucci Gucci Première

Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci; Blake Lively in Gucci Première

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vogue, Popsugar


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