Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Met Gala 2014

Last night was the 43rd annual Met Ball, a fundraising gala benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.  It is considered to be one of New York City's biggest and most exclusive social events - for good reason; last year's gala reportedly raised nine million dollars!  This high fashion powered event also serves as an opening ceremony for the institute's fashion exhibit.  This year's theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" (May through August 2014).

Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual fashion exhibit, also the theme of this year's Met Gala
Photo credit: Met Museum
Anna Wintour
© Timothy G. Sanders

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, is irrefutably fashion's most famous, important, and powerful figure.  Since 1995, she has been the chairperson of this event.  With the help of her magazine staff, Anna oversees the benefit committee and guest list, which includes notable personalities from art, fashion, and entertainment circles.

Earlier that day was also the grand opening of the Anna Wintour Costume Center, a wing inside the Met Museum where the Charles James exhibit will be held.  Grand it was because First Lady Michelle Obama cut the ribbon to inaugurate the brand new center!

From left to right:
Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum; First Lady Michelle Obama;
Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue;
and Emily K. Rafferty, President of the Metropolitan Museum
Photo credit: Met Museum
The Met will be opening up the world of fashion like never before.
They’ll learn that fashion isn’t just about what we wear, but that fashion is also a business, it is an art.  It’s a career that involves science, engineering, accounting, marketing, and so much more.  Maybe they’ll learn about the math behind Charles James’ designs…
~ First Lady Michelle Obama
Vogue's André Leon Talley speaking with designer Tom Ford pre-gala:
Some notable attendees:
"It" girl Alexa Chung in a Nina Ricci dress and Christopher Kane bag

Bee Shaffer in an Alexander McQueen dress and Fred Leighton jewelry
(Bee is Anna Wintour's daughter.)

Blake Lively in Gucci Première and Ryan Reynolds in Gucci

Cara Delevingne in a Stella McCartney top, pants, and shoes, and Cartier jewelry
Kudos to the model for wearing pants!

David Beckham in a Ralph Lauren Black Label suit and Christian Louboutin shoes
and Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

Dita Von Teese in a Zac Posen dress, Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, and Roger Vivier bag
(See Zac behind her on the left?)

Elizabeth Cordry in a Rochas dress and Sidney Garber brooches
with fiancé Charlie Shaffer in Ralph Lauren Black Label
(Charlie is Anna Wintour's son)

Florence Welch in Valentino Couture

Gisele Bündchen in a Balenciaga dress and Fred Leighton jewelry and Tom Brady

Jessica Lange in Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs in Saint Laurent

Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren Black Label and Amber Heard
in a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress and Fred Leighton jewelry

Karolina Kurkova in a Marchesa dress and Harry Winston jewelry

Kim Kardashian in a Lanvin dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry
with fiancé Kanye West in Lanvin

Rihanna in a Stella McCartney dress, Jacob & Co. necklace,
Cartier rings, and Dionea Orcini rings

Sarah Jessica Parker in an Oscar de la Renta and Fred Leighton jewelry

Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda
Photo credits unless otherwise stated: Getty Images / Vogue Archives

In case you are curious as to the price of high society...  This year's event ticket costs $25,000, that is $10,000 more than 2013's price!  Should we anticipate 2015's ticket price to inflate to $35,000?

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