The first Monday in May is a holiday in the fashion industry.
Hollywood’s finest gather at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum, strewn in fashion’s most avant-garde, most ridiculously elaborate costume-esque ensembles – all pre-approved by the Queen a la Wintour herself. The entire night is dedicated to an annual theme, with this year’s being devoted to Japanese fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo, and her line Comme Des Garçons. Known for her iconically abstract silhouettes that resemble masterpieces of art, Mrs. Kawakubo’s approach to defining and dressing the female figure is refreshing and tastefully daring.
Rei Kawakubo and her signature bob | Vogue
The Met Gala has been a longstanding tradition in the industry, with over 70 years of history. Every year, this half fundraising gala, half Costume Exhibit first-look, invites the elite of the elite to gather in celebration of fashion and its rich, wonderful complexities. Hosted by Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and chair of the Gala, and (this year) Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Kawakubo herself, it is expected that celebrities bring their A-game to the red carpet.
As Spark writer Aiden Park says in Spark’s newly released SS17 issue, “the annual Met Gala is a highly publicized aquarium of different industries joining to celebrate fashion as an art form.”
This last Monday, the Costume Institute did it once again, as creatives worldwide donned their Monday best – and Spark’s staff favorites are here.