The 2008 Met Gala theme was “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”. I remember loving it, though honestly all I can recall at the moment is Naomi Watts in Thierry Mugler and this fantastic photo shoot for Vogue by Craig McDean featuring wonder poser Coco Rocha dressed as various fashion warriors. Dig Coco as a Nici Ricci clad Poison Ivy and a perfect Catwoman in a Dolce & Gabbana molded corset, Swarovski crystal studded mask, and Christian Louboutin for Rodarte spiked heels that will SLAY ALL. Marvel at Coco as Gaultier’s Little Mermaid, the fiercest Batman in Rick Owens cashmere, and an angelic retro glam Dawnstar in Dior Haute Couture.
The exhibit that will be featured at this year’s Met Gala will be China: Through the Looking Glass, focusing on Chinese imagery in art, fashion and film. Some of the exhibit’s pieces are highlighted in this editorial from this month’s Vogue, dramatically photographed by Steven Meisel. This editorial is yet another example of Fei Fei Sun’s ongoing and ever growing fierceness, giving us some haute couture glam with a vintage feel.
Earlier today models Hanne Gaby Odiele, Grace Mahary, Tilda Lindstam, Alana Zimmer, and Xiao Wen Ju donned some of this season’s most beautiful designer gowns by Zac Posen, Jason Wu, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier , Giles, Prabal Gurung and Dior and took to the streets of New York City in anticpation for tonight’s annual Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. These pictures by Cass Bird are fun, beautiful, silly and adorable – and might end up being more interesting than the Gala itself, which in recent years has become very restrained and boring.