While media coverage included what seemed like Kim Kardashian wearing a vintage outfit from Marilyn Monroe’s blonde bombshell serenade to then-President John F. Kennedy, there were also a number of enduring moments — whether it was deadstock, upcycled, outfit repeat. Ho or vintage – on the way.
Chloe’s creative chief Gabriella Hurst was accompanied by Amy Schumer, Venus Williams and youth climate activist Shia Bastida in Chloe’s look. All looks were created at Chloe Atelier in Paris and were created from existing Chloe stock. According to the brand, no new materials were ordered, and even the macrame and embroidery were made from deadstock.
Meanwhile, Camila Cabello, dressed by Prabal Gurung, and Billie Eilish in Gucci, both wore partially or completely upcycled gowns. Indigenous model Kwana Chesinghorse, actresses Denny Benton and Kiki Layne also wore Gurung’s upcycled gowns.
Louis Vuitton took a commitment towards circular creativity, with stars Emma Stone, Hoyon Jung, Cynthia Erivo and Gemma Chan wearing an archival or previously worn look with a twist for the occasion.
“There’s no better feeling than knowing that your designs will live on,” Nicolas Ghesquire, artistic director of Louis Vuitton Women’s Lines, said in a statement shared on the brand’s Instagram. Too, Emma Stone re-worn her Louis Vuitton wedding reception dress at the Met Gala, while Belgian singer-songwriter Stroma – a first-time Met Gala attendee – also appeared to re-wear a suit.
For his Met Gala look, Steven Kolb, chief executive officer and president of CFDA, had a custom-embroidered braille message that was recreated on a 10-year-old Shipley & Halmos tuxedo. Fashion designer and environmental artist Runa Ray handpicked Swarovski crystals (about 50 hours of work) to write chapters on giving from one of Kolb’s favorite books, Khalil Gibran’s “The Prophet.” The CFDA has recently been working closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with Swarovski also a dual ally on its commitment to more sustainable fashion.
This year’s model behavior was a memoir on vintage. Supermodel and activist Amber Valletta wore a vintage gold Lamme Azzaro gown from the 1980s, styled by Carla Welch, from Aralda Vintage and Louboutin Shoes. Valletta’s jewelry was also old of Buccellati. Model Emily Ratajkowski opted for a beaded vintage number from Versace, while Adut Eckech wore a Vintage Couture Emerald gown from Christian Lacroix circa Fall 2003 that was worn backwards (a reversible tack was added to the silk straps). . The dress was sourced from Shrimpton Couture, an online shop for curated vintage and couture fashion.
With a focus on fashion activism, designer Hilary Temor, creative director of Colina Strada (who’s featured in the Met’s roundup of American fashion), was the first to draw attention to the abortion rights issue on her brand’s Instagram page. A leaked document published by Politico amid red carpet events revealed a possible reversal by the Supreme Court of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion at the federal level in 1973.
With gender equality one of sustainability’s many-talked-about goals, Taimur re-posted an Instagram story from illustrator Danielle Chandler that read: “You can’t ban abortion. You can only ban safe abortion.”
Brands such as Gucci, as part of the Chime for Change campaign, have recently been vocal advocates for women’s rights as a cornerstone of sustainability issues.
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