Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Met Gala

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Met Gala

Article excerpt

Watching a crowd of millionaires arrive at a public museum for a deliberately hyper-elitist event of debauched pageantry is the kind of thing that should make you want to scream: "EATTHE RICH!" So why do I follow the Met Gala, fashion's gaudiest red carpet affair? Held every May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a guest list tightly controlled by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the gala launches the Met's summer costume exhibition with a matching themed dress code.

Perhaps it's because the theme is so often slippery and sly. Recent ones have included punk, Chinese fashion, Catholicism and the work of Alexander McQueen and Rei Kawakubo; this year's was camp. These are not straightforward dress codes, nor are they intended to be. This is a time for extravagance and daring. Woe betide the guest who is not "on theme", or worse: dull.

Celebrities do not find it hard to be beautiful. …

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