Met Gala: A Look at The Past

Formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, the Met Gala has been fashion’s biggest night since its debut in 1946. It is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City that takes place on the first Monday in May. This year’s theme is Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between. The exhibition will examine the work of the famed fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. She is the second living designer to be the subject of a Met exhibit (Yves Saint Laurent is her predecessor).

Below eight of my favorite looks from the Met Gala followed by a complete list of themes.

tumblr_n35ihgapcO1tqhyeuo2_1280Cher in Bob Mackie, 1974 “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design”

Diane Kruger in Balenciaga, 2004 “Dangerous Liaisons”

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Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, 2011 “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”

Karolina-Kurkova-sparkled-Rachel-Zoe-dress-Met-GalaKarolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe, 2012 “Schiaparelli and Prada”

45597957.cachedAnne Hathaway in Valentino, 2013 “Punk: Chaos and Couture”

Rihanna in Stella McCartney, 2014 “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”

55480ac55f9534293a8435f5_met-gala-2015-kendall-jennerKendall Jenner in Calvin Klein, 2015 “China: Through the Looking Glass”

rita-ora-in-vera-wang-at-2016-met-gala-in-new-york-city-1.jpgRita Ora in vera Wang, 2016 “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

Kawakubo, in Tokyo this year.Rei Kawakubo

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Met Themes from 1971-2017

1971 Fashion Plate
1972 Untailored Garments
1973 The World of Balenciaga
1974 Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design
1975 American Women of Style
1976 The Glory of Russian Costume
1977 Vanity Fair: A Treasure Trove
1978 Diaghilev: Costumes and Designs of the Ballets Russes
1979 Fashions of the Habsburg Era: Austria-Hungary

1980 The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of China, the Ch’ing Dynasty
1981 The Eighteenth-Century Woman
1982 La Belle Époque
1983 Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design
1984 Man and the Horse
1985 Costumes of Royal India
1986 Dance
1987 In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute
1988 From Queen to Empress: Victoria Dress 1837-1877
1989 The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815

1990 Théâtre de la Mode: Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture
1991 The gala was held without a theme
1992 Fashion and History: A Dialogue
1993 Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style
1994 Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress
1995 Haute Couture
1996 Christian Dior
1997 Gianni Versace
1998 Cubism and Fashion
1999 Rock Style

2001 Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years
2003 Goddess: The Classical Mode
2004 Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century
2005 The House of Chanel
2006 AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion
2007 Poiret: King of Fashion
2008 Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
2009 The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion
2010 American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
2011 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
2012 Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture
2014 Charles James: Beyond Fashion
2015 China: Through the Looking Glass
2016 Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
2017 Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”

*Photography by Tim Walker*

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