Tonight is fashion’s most extravagant night of the year, so let’s get a few things straight.
Democracy Diva’s Met Gala Rules and Regulations
This is a costume party
- Literally. It’s a gala to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
- Much like the costume parties we mere mortals throw, anyone who gives half a fuck about the event should be wearing something they’d never consider wearing anywhere else. You know. LIKE A COSTUME.
- Example: Last year’s event was a tribute to Rei Kawakubo, of Comme des Garçons. And Rihanna’s CdG look was so iconic, it became a meme basically overnight.A year later, and Twitter still isn’t over it.
Happy Met Gala day to Rihanna and Rihanna alone, who’s never misunderstood the assignment. pic.twitter.com/i9S5p5DuNJ
— Chris Hanna (@Chris_Hanna) May 7, 2018
Your outfit is wedded to your “date”
- Fashion designers buy tables at the Met Gala, and celebrities attend as their dates, wearing the fashions of the designer who brought them. (This is not a Democracy Diva rule, just a fact of the event.)
- Sorry, less-famous attendees who don’t have their pick of the all-time-greatest designers, but somebody’s got to wear Tory Burch.
- This often means I judge A-listers much more harshly than no-name actresses. A-listers can access the kind of couture that nobody’s giving to the third female supporting lead on the fourth-most-successful show on HBO.
Obey the theme
- This year’s theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
- Picture Renaissance-era religious-inspired art, but, like, being worn by Blake Lively, while Ryan Reynolds stands next to her wearing the same suit he wears to every other event, but with crucifix cuff links so he can pretend he’s interesting.
Will Beyoncé attend wearing something vaguely underwhelming that we’ll all still drool over because she’s a queen? Will Kim Kardashian arrive and pretend the last week of Kanye’s life just didn’t happen? Will the Ocean’s 8 cast take some inspiration from their upcoming film and plan a jewelry heist? Only time – and the Democracy Diva – will tell. Expect many posts later this week, but in the mean time, I’m sure I’ll be tweeting the shit out of all the arrivals tonight.