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Met Gala: The 6 Most Outstanding Themes In Its History

Year after year, the most bizarre fashion show of all is not only capable of raising millions of dollars, but it also gives us an immense variety of unforgettable looks.

Artists at the Met Gala 2021

With its first edition in 1948, the Met Gala has become an annual celebration par excellence and whose fame has grown over time thanks to the constant attendance of celebrities from fashion, film and music. Photo: IG-themetgalaofficial

LatinAmerican Post | Yolanda González Madrid

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It is not necessary to be a fashion expert to know that the Met Gala is one of the most anticipated events of the year, which is capable of raising millions of dollars and also kicks off the new fashion exhibitions of the Museum's Dress Institute. Metropolitan of Art of New York. Each year it is presented with a different theme and under that premise, the guests have up to six months to find the perfect dress or suit that will become the center of attention on the red carpet.

With its first edition in 1948, the Met Gala has become an annual celebration par excellence and whose fame has grown over time thanks to the constant attendance of celebrities from fashion, film, and music. Today it is considered one of the most important charity events in the world, raising exorbitant numbers that exceed 200 million dollars in total.

Although the pandemic led to the suspension of the event in 2020, for this occasion the organization decided to do things differently by dividing the exhibition into two dates: September 13, 2021 ("In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion") and May 2, 2022 ("In America: An Anthology Of Fashion"). With this in mind, and on the occasion of the return of the Met Gala in style, we have decided to bring you the six most outstanding themes in its history. Enjoy them!

AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

With a history dating back to the late 18th century, Anglomania had its impact on fashion during the 2006 Met Gala. It examined aspects of English culture that continue to captivate the imagination of Europeans and Americans, and where some were also presented. designs from the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. How not to remember Alexander McQueen in his kilt with Sarah Jessica Parker?

Punk: Chaos to Couture

Punk was a movement that knew how to break the rules to cause a great impact in the world of fashion until today. In 2013 we witnessed this journey that was a source of inspiration for more than 100 creations by designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Haider Ackerman, Miguel Adrover, Andrew Groves, Marc Jacobs, among many others. Better dressed than Madonna could not have been, proving that she is also a fashion queen.

China: Through the Looking Glass

Extravagance is the best word that defines the 2015 Met Gala. The intention of this evening was to analyze how the West has been able to interpret (or misinterpret) Chinese culture. Although there were some very transparent looks and others with a lot of sensuality, several of the guests at the event were seen with designs according to the eastern country.

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Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Technology is becoming more and more essential in our day-to-day lives and that is how they wanted to reflect it in 2016. That edition was focused on the dichotomy between haute couture designs made by hand and those garments that included technological innovations. The end result was futuristic tinted models with a mix of Victorian aesthetics.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic

If we talk about controversial and interesting editions, it will always end up highlighting what was experienced at the Met Gala 2018. Here, fashion and religion were able to bring to the event celestial creatures full of accessories characteristic of devotional practice such as angel wings or halos, giving us thus a night with an excess of Catholic religious imagery. As a curious fact, several objects and artifacts were sent from the Vatican.

Camp: Notes on Fashion

The last Met Gala held before the pandemic was quite eccentric for some guests. For that 2019 edition, the theme was built from a seminal essay carried out in 1964 by the writer Susan Sontag, where she analyzed and exemplified what the "camp" aesthetic represents, a type of aesthetic sensibility of art based on humor, irony, and exaggeration.