Fashion’s Great Event: Met Gala 2012 Celebrity Red Carpet Event
What is the history of the Met Museum red carpet gala?
The Met Gala, also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It is considered one of the most prestigious and glamorous fashion events in the world. The history of the Met Gala dates back to the 1940s and has evolved into a highly anticipated affair attended by celebrities, fashion designers, and notable figures from various industries.
Here is a brief overview of the history of the Met Gala:
- Origins: The Met Gala was established in 1948 by Eleanor Lambert, a prominent publicist and fashion industry figure. Initially known as the “Costume Institute Gala,” the event was organized to raise funds for the newly formed Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Early Years: In the early years, the gala was a relatively low-key affair, attended mainly by New York’s social elite and fashion insiders. The focus was on raising funds for the Costume Institute and celebrating the opening of its annual fashion exhibition.
- Diana Vreeland’s Influence: In the 1970s, legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland became a special consultant to the Costume Institute. She played a significant role in elevating the event’s profile and turning it into a notable fashion gathering.
- Theme and Exhibition: Each year, the Met Gala is centered around a specific theme that corresponds to the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition. The exhibition showcases fashion pieces related to the theme, and attendees are encouraged to dress in accordance with it.
- Anna Wintour’s Involvement: In the 1990s, Anna Wintour, the influential editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, became co-chair of the event. Her involvement further elevated the gala’s status, and she played a crucial role in shaping the guest list and overseeing the red carpet arrivals.
- Growth in Popularity: Over the years, the Met Gala grew in popularity, attracting more attention from the media, celebrities, and the general public. It became an opportunity for designers and celebrities to showcase their creativity and make bold fashion statements.
- Red Carpet Extravaganza: The Met Gala’s red carpet has become one of the most anticipated moments of the event. Attendees dress in elaborate and often avant-garde outfits, in line with the theme, leading to memorable and iconic fashion moments.
- Fundraising: The primary purpose of the Met Gala remains fundraising for the Costume Institute. The event generates substantial contributions, helping support the institute’s exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programs.
Overall, the Met Gala has evolved from a simple fundraising event into a global cultural phenomenon that celebrates the intersection of fashion, art, and celebrity. It continues to be a must-attend event for those in the fashion industry and a spectacle that captures the attention of the world’s media and fashion enthusiasts.
Exploring The 2012 Red Carpet Gala Of The Met Museum In NYC
How can we not mention, what many in the fashion world call the greatest red carpet event ever? After all, we are in the carpet business aren’t we?
The Met Gala of 2012, considered the fashion world’s biggest event of the year, took place in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Editor-in-Chief of U.S.Vogue, Anna Wintour, hosted the annual ball, where celebrities and fashion designers came together in a night that some call the Red Carpet Oscar’s of the east coast.
The gala event kicked off this years Costume Institute exhibit, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” based on an imagined conversation between the two fashion designers.
Many of the outfits that appeared on the red carpet (no, it was not an antique carpet!) looked as though they belonged in the museum themselves. The gowns worn were not merely fancy dresses, they were works of art that represented the designers behind the label. Some were pretty and some were pretty outrageous. Here are just a few that we wanted to share with our readers:
Emma Stone looked beautiful and radiant in a bright red Lanvin (short) dress. While red dresses usually bleed into the background on a red carpet, this dress stood out because of its length.
January Jones, who plays the first Mrs. Don Draper on the TV series Mad Men, wore a bold yellow structural dress (which featured a peplum at the waist as wellas black accents on the bodice) by Atleir Versace.
Jessica Pare, who plays Megan Draper ( the second Mrs. Don Draper) on Mad Men, looked absolutely stunning, repeat stunning, in a shimmery gold L’Wren Scott gown, that stood out against the red carpet and her co-star.
Beyonce, making a fashionably late and dramatic entrance(she was one of the last celebrities to arrive on the red carpet) wore a showstopping see-through lace and feathered gown from French designer Givenchy, that truly was a work of art.
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