You only need type ‘Fashion’ into the search bar on DailyArt Magazine and you will be met with numerous articles on the topic ranging from how fashion and art intersect, to the sculpture-like dresses of various designers. Furthermore, our writers have attempted to answer the age-old question of whether or not fashion is indeed an art. I think we all agree on the answer: YES. In that same line of thought, let’s check out how fashion designers and their creations mirror art throughout history. There is a place where fashion literally meets art, it is the famous Met Gala!
The Met Gala: A Walking Art Gallery
Outside of the numerous annual fashion weeks across the globe, one event that draws international attention is the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s yearly Met Gala. It is a fashion event mixed with a fundraiser for the Met’s Costume Institute. Here are several examples of the amazing designs over the years compared to correlating art works.
It began in 1948 under the direction of fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. Though it started as a more intimate occasion, it has now turned into one of the fashion world’s most sought-after invitations. Vogue’s Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour, took over running the event in 1995. She moved it to the first Monday in May and made it what it is today, the fashion event of the season.
Ariana & Michelangelo
Vera Wang designed this amazing dress for the pop singer. It is printed with The Last Judgement fresco, one of the flag Renaissance masterpieces.
Selma Blair & Degas
Blair’s dress echoes Degas‘ pastel ballerinas.
Gigi Hadid & Tiffany
Gigi’s Versace dress resembles the stained-glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Harry Styles & François Quesnel
Harry’s effeminate style matches that of the late King of France, Henry III.
Jared Leto & Caravaggio
Leto walked into the 2018 gala looking eerily similar to this painting by Caravaggio.
Zendaya & Joan of Arc
Perhaps one of the most talked about looks of the 2018 Gala, Zendaya looked ready for a battle in her Versace chain-mail gown.
Amber Valletta & John Galliano/Maggie Norris
This 18th century inspired design, from head to toe looks like something a Queen would wear.
Janelle Monáe & Man Ray
“Janelle’s look was all about surrealism. It was inspired by Picasso paintings and we wanted it to feel kitschy and funny…”– Christian Siriano, Interview with PureWow.
Usually each year the Gala has a theme but there have been a handful of years without one. Designers are approached to construct unique designs for their clients for the event. Many of the most well-known ‘fashion’ moments in the world come from those attending the Gala.
With the many themes throughout the years, it is always interesting to see who shows up wearing what and who will push the boundaries of the theme. While the 2018 Gala provided many examples that look as if they came straight out of a Renaissance painting, overall there are many more examples that were seemingly inspired by artists of the past.
This article only scratches the surface of the many collaborations and inspirations. Here is a list of themes from the past few decades of the Met Gala to help you further along in your search.
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