Fashion Forward: Naomi Osaka to co-chair Met Gala


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What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit. wikipedia.orgMet Gala

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World No.2 Naomi Osaka has been announced as a co-chair of September's iconic Met Gala along with Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Billie Eilish.

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"Gen-Z superstars Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman will serve as co-chairs, while Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour comprise the evening’s honorary chairs," wrote Vogue in the announcement. "They may be young, but each of the night’s co-hosts has made their mark on fashion.

"Though she was born in Japan, tennis champ Osaka’s formative years were spent stateside, racking up titles and developing an irreverent sense of style. The striking, colorful pieces she favors on and off the court turned her into a designer muse and one of the best-dressed athletes around."

Osaka met Vogue Editor-in-Chief and tennis superfan Anna Wintour after winning her first major title at the 2018 US Open. Two years ago, Osaka was in Madrid following the fashion unveilings at the Met Gala from her phone. Now she'll play a role in shaping it.

"I feel like it would be fun to go to, but then I would have to talk to people and we all know that I don't like doing that," Osaka said at the time. "You have to do it once in your life if you have the chance."

If I see Rihanna ima pass out.

As chaired by Wintour, tennis has always had a place at the exclusively prestigious Met Gala. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Roger Federer have been frequent invitees, with Williams and Sharapova even being invited to play themselves in the fake staging of the event for the 2018 heist film, "Ocean's 8."

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The Met's Costume Institute Aims to Start a Conversation About More Than American Fashion

WWD 04 May, 2021 - 12:00am

Instead of ushering in hundreds of media types, influencers and fashion-centric guests to preview its latest exhibition at The Costume Institute, as in years past, the Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomed fans virtually Monday morning to get a preview of its upcoming show.

Instead of simply a look at elaborate or immaculately tailored clothes, the show is meant to generate a discussion about many issues being debated worldwide — social equity, diversity, sustainability and more. The two-part yearlong show is an attempt to reclaim the past year in light of the pandemic.

The Met’s director Max Hollein, Instagram’s vice president of fashion and shopping Eva Chen and The Costume Institute’s curator in charge Andrew Bolton helped with the run-through, hinting at the multimedia aspect of the doubleheader show. In what will be a yearlong endeavor, The Met will unveil “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” at the Anna Wintour Costume Center on Sept. 18. The second part of the exhibition, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will debut on May 5, 2022, in the American Wing period rooms. For the first part, the work of pioneers in American fashion will be celebrated along with the world’s diverse contemporary designers “to illustrate the shifting tides of American fashion,” Hollein said.

In its 75th year, the Costume Institute aims to not just honor the past but to embrace fashion’s changing roster of talent. Bolton referred to how American designers have been at the “forefront of conscious creativity for 75 years especially in regards to sustainability and transparency.” They have also been at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion. The social justice movements of last summer reinforced their commitment to these issues, “as well as their leadership.”

For those who may feel that the last year has been a bit of a blur, there will be signs of that in the second part of the show. Mirrors will be used to show the blurring of boundaries during the pandemic and “how the functions in the rooms of our homes became less distinct…”  To that end, the rooms will be identified by their emotional qualities rather than their functions — the kitchen will be identified by well-being, the living room by trust, the library by reverence, the office by aspiration, the bedroom by intimacy, the attic by nostalgia and the basement by fear. Taken collectively, the clothes that will be displayed in each of the period rooms are meant to create “a modern vocabulary of American fashion that prioritizes its values, emotions and sentiments…,” Bolton said. “Fundamentally, the new vocabulary will address the creative impulses behind American fashion, as well as the social, political and environmental motivations.” The first part will showcase fashion by 20th- and 21st-century designers in line with these themes. Melina Matsoukas will create an open-ended film that will be projected on the galleries.

The second part of the exhibition is a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the American Wing. Spanning from the 18th century to the present, the exhibition will feature women’s and men’s historical and contemporary attire. There will be a series of three-dimensional freeze frames produced with well-known American filmmakers. Charles James, Claire McCardell and Fannie Criss, an activist dressmaker at the turn of the 20th century, will be featured. John Vanderlyn’s 1819 mural of Versailles will be a backdrop for an homage to the 1973 “Battle of Versailles,” which was what WWD’s legendary publisher John B. Fairchild dubbed the designer face-off between Americans and their European counterparts.

Acknowledging the reinvention and self-reflection taking place in the fashion industry, Bolton spoke of the endless possibilities that presents. The yearlong event at The Met is also meant to be an attempt to reclaim the past year, Bolton said. To play up what The Met hopes will be a cinematic, immersive and democratized experience, American filmmakers are helping to tell the story of American fashion in the second part of the show.

While simplicity and functionality are a few of the tenets that American fashion has been described as, the first part of the show will examine the complexity of American fashion. Noting that the fashion industry reevaluates and reinvents itself, Bolton also spoke of the importance of creating a new vocabulary to be more relevant, to be in step with the times that we are living.

Hollein noted that Instagram will sponsor both parts of the exhibition. Before leading into Chen’s video remarks, Hollein singled out Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Condé Nast for its decades of support. He also praised Wintour, who will serve as co-chair of the first of first Met Gala with Mosseri and Tom Ford. Co-chairs will include Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman. That is planned for Sept. 13, pending government guidelines. A second Met Gala is slated for May 2, 2022.

Bolton highlighted such work as a voluminous pink taffeta dress by Christopher John Rogers and an upcycled white silk organza piece from Conner Ives’ “American Dream” collection that addresses different body types. Both designers are LVMH Prize finalists. There also is a work of Andre Walker from his “Nonexistent Patterns” spring 2018 collection that was partially sponsored by Pendleton Woolen Mills. Bolton noted a dress from Prabal Gurung’s 10th anniversary spring 2020 collection that combined traditional American designs with traditional Eastern dress. The white poplin dress on view had a sash imprinted with “Who Gets to Be American.”

A black washed denim wrap by Sterling Ruby will be used to open the first exhibition and to close the second one in order to connect the two exhibitions. Designed during last summer’s social justice movement, the artist called it the “veil flag” and has said that it explores “the concept of the flag as a signifier in flux and how our relationship to it may change when it as activated as a veil.” Bolton closed the preview with Ruby’s site-specific film of his creation.

Standing on the steps of The Met in a clip earlier in the presentation, Chen boasted of how Instagram has more than one billion users and that #fashion is one of the top five hashtags used every day. “Whether you’re an industry insider like a designer, model or stylist, or an everyday teen somewhere around the world, you know that Instagram is the place to get inspired and to build community. Over the last year though, Instagram has also been the place for real-time conversations around activism and global movements about social justice, equity, race and gender.” she said. “…I hope this exhibition helps spark a global conversation about what fashion in America means today and tomorrow.”

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Young Hollywood's Best Dressed Stars at the Met Gala: Photos

J-14 03 May, 2021 - 04:14pm

When it comes to Young Hollywood, the biggest stars are always invited to the Met Gala. The red carpet is constantly filled with the best and brightest up-and-coming stars who turn heads on the first Monday in May with their fashionable looks embodying the year’s theme.

Lana Condor made her debut at the event in 2019, wearing a giant pink dress. In fact, the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star’s outfit was so extravagant that she even got her purse stuck in it! When looking back at her first-ever met gala, the actress took to Instagram Stories and revealed to fans, that she recruited other partygoers to call her phone to see if she could feel her purse vibrating within all the tulle.

“And the answer was, no, I did not feel it vibrate. And [at] this point I was convinced I’d never find it,” she wrote, adding that Riverdale actor Charles Melton “swooped in and saved the day.”

As it turns out, that wasn’t even the most eventful part of her evening. In a separate series of Instagram Stories posts, Lana revealed that she headed back to set to film the second To All the Boys movie hours after attending the gala.

“I worked every day, so for a hot second I thought I wasn’t going to be able to attend the gala. I was HEARTBROKEN. Then, like a damn fairy godmother, production agreed to halt production for ONE DAY so I could go. It was literally a miracle, and I am so grateful for everyone that helped make that happen,” the brunette beauty shared. “The catch was — I HAD to be back in time to work the next day (Tuesday). That meant — I flew from Vancouver to NYC, did the Met, did the after parties, got RIGHT on a plane back to Vancouver in the EARLY EARLY morning (without sleeping & still having my full glam on) and sped to work just to make it on time.”

Of course, she shared a photo of her shedding some tears after making it back to set.

Over the years, stars like Lana have made their Met Gala debut in some pretty epic outfits, while others — like Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, Miley Cyrus and more — have attended year after year and leveled up their looks each time. Either way, it’s safe to say, Young Hollywood always slays the red carpet no matter what they wear.

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It’s hard to choose just one of Zendaya’s looks, but her Cinderella dress from 2019 definitely takes the cake.

The Riverdale star made her debut in 2019 looking just like Tinker Bell.

The actress stunned in emerald green at the 2015 event.

This dynamic sister duo opted for matching looks while walking the red — well, pink — carpet in 2019.

She left little to the imagination with this lace look from 2017.

In 2019, the married couple redefined relationship goals in matching looks just one year after tying the knot.

The blonde beauty walked the carpet for the first time in 2018, and looked amazing while doing it.

Let’s never forget this iconic dress, or the actress’ red carpet debut with The Weeknd in 2017!

He cochaired the 2019 Met Gala, and looked good while doing it.

The actress was the epitome of perfection in 2018.

Lana’s dress was perfect for such an eventful evening!

Over the years, Miley has let her personality shine thorough with each Met Gala look, especially in this 2015 gown.

The One Direction singer walked with girlfriend Gigi in 2016, and matched his suit to her dress.

In 2016, the actress looked like a golden goddess.

Not only did the YouTube star walk the red carpet, but she interviewed stars for Vogue in 2018.

Out of all her Met Gala looks, this 2017 dress was a total stand out.

The actresses embodied total sister vibes in 2011.

The singer was rocking all-red everything in 2019.

Gigi has so many memorable looks, but this ethereal gown came out on top.

The blue gown paired with pink hair made the model stand out on the 2018 carpet.

Gold hair and an all-black suit was a perfect look for the Canadian crooner in 2019.

The Riverdale actress made a major statement with her yellow dress in 2019.

For her debut in 2018, the “God Is a Woman” singer brought her song to life.

A power move! The songstress rocked sneakers on the red carpet in 2019.

This 2013 look is a fan-favorite.

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