Just this past Monday, celebrities flocked to New York City to celebrate this year’s Met Gala. For those who don’t know much about the event, it is a fundraising event that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
According to the Museum’s website (www.metmuseum.org), “The Costume Institute’s collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories represents five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.”
The Met Gala celebrates the grand opening of the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
Each year, celebrities are asked to match the exhibition theme.
This year’s theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Prior to the gala, the Museum’s website explained the expectations for the exhibition.
“This exhibition…will explore the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. High fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.”
Though the purpose of the exhibition was to recognize China’s influence on U.S. fashion, many people failed to appreciate the yellow, cape-like coat that singer/songwriter Rihanna wore, despite that it fit the theme and was made by Chinese designer Guo Pei herself. People went so far as to compare the 55 pound embroidered coat with fur trimming to an omelette, pizza, and even Big Bird.
The cool thing was, neither Rihanna nor designer Guo Pei were mad about peoples’ critiques. And why would they be? In calling attention to something unique to the Chinese culture to serve as inspiration for Western fashion, Rihanna’s coat managed to do exactly what the event was celebrating in the first place.
So critique all you want, but there is no doubt in my mind that this coat will be shit on for a few weeks, and then emulated in U.S. fashion. That’s typically how it goes.
Though I appreciate the high fashion of Rihanna’s giant yellow coat wrapped around a small pink dress, I’d love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on Rihanna’s Met Gala ‘fit?
*Featured Photo (above) credit to TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images