Why you should care about the MET Gala in West Texas

Unless you’ve been absent from all things internet, you know what time of year it is. Time for asymmetrical body suits, silver mesh cutout rompers, and all things avant guardish. Historically a who's who of the Hollywood scene, the MET gala provides us with an acute awareness of the discount sweatpants and Target jean-ness of our own lives. This year’s theme did not disappoint. The MET gala paid homage to the designer Rei Kawakubo with the theme “The art of the In-Between.” The exhibit, features 150 pieces from her collection, sorted in to binaries which are then broken down into flowy//geometric//ruffle//androgynous piles of goodness.

As I finished popping a bag of popcorn the next afternoon, I pulled up the listical of celebrity attire, ready to solo critique the evening’s garb. As in years past, trains continue to be an assertion of power. Here we see newcomer Priyanka Chopra, establishing a clear heirarchy. A group of interns follow behind, managing the 987 feet of Ralph Lauren khaki trenchcoat with impressive consistency.

Katy Perry reveals to us her status as a rising cult leader. We can only guess who she is communicating with through her solar panel powered spiral antennae.

And Jaden Smith finds an inspiring use for piles of shaved hair. This power accessory reminds us the importance of saving everything – used tissues, clipped toenails, orange peels. Everything has potential to be bedazzled.

I basked in the aftermath of the MET sparkliness, but it wasn’t long before I checked myself. Isn’t this after all, just another celebrity party? Is this even about art anymore? I can’t see past Bella Hadid’s Alexander Wang fishnet bodysuit anymore (even though its sheer).

True, the Gala is lit beyond our wildest dreams. But behind all of the lace, ruffle, rhinestone façade there has to be something more. We care about this party, more than any other. It is the most talked about, the most posted about, the most hyped event of the year, but why? It has to be because of art.

Whether we love, or hate them, these celebs make us more aware of the artists they try to embody. Last week my friend's daughter asked me about Comme des Garçons. Thanks to the Kardashians, this teenage girl now knows about one of the most brilliant designers of this century. Despite their crazy antics, these fantastical and questionable outfits make us think about and interpret artistic inspiration in new ways. Even if we never set foot in the halls of the MET, we can still experience and think about the art world (and its trends) in a real way.

So in spite of the criticism, the MET Gala reigns supreme. Bye.

*The author's opinions are her own.

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