The spring fashion event season is back in full force with the bash that kicks off the season: The Metropolitan Museum’s Met Gala.
The event, originally known has “the Costume Institute Gala,” goes beyond being one of the most exclusive social events in New York and is a huge fundraiser. The city’s social elite raised a record of $12 million in 2014.
The Gala also serves as the opening celebration for the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Following the event, the exhibition runs throughout the season for the public. The Gala is attended by personalities from the arts, fashion, high-society, film, and music. Since 1946, the event has produced a high-profile media frenzy due to the exclusive 600- to 700-member guest list that is in attendance.
Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and a chair of the event since 1995, oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list with the help of the staff and interns at Vogue.
“The gathering rivals the West Coast’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party, which is said to have more ‘star power’ but less fashion panache,” said Cathy Horyn of The New York Times.
This year’s event is called “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which, according to CNN, “focuses on the role the handmade and machine-made play in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear, and their symbolic associations over the years.”
Designers such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Balmain, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada create pieces for the show with the help of machines and hand-detailed work.
“I think what the exhibition tries to address are those symbolic associations of the hand and the machine. Sometimes employing the machine is more time-consuming and more expensive than the hand,” said Andrew Bolton, curator of The Costume Institute. “The majority of pieces in the exhibitions are an amalgam of the hand and the machine. It is very rare to have a garment in which the hand or the machine are completely absent, whether it is haute couture or ready to wear.”
Here’s a quick look of some of the guests that attended the prestigious event that made my best-dressed list:
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid
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Kendall Jenner wearing Atelier Versace
Margot Robbie and Emma Watson wearing Calvin Klein
Naomi Campbell wearing Burberry
Nicholas Clements-Lindsey graduated with honors from Texas Christian University and is currently studying fashion design at Otis College of Art and Design. Between studies in 2009, Nicholas led a public relations campaign for Micha Design and Patricia Underwood while debuting his eponymous line 'NICHOLAS LINDSEY' presentation for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and SMASHBOX Los Angeles Fashion Week as the youngest Black American designer to present in both shows. During those campaigns, Essence Magazine described Nicholas as "The new determined designer to watch in 2009/2010." and Examiner.com listed him as the "Hot new designer and social media up and comer." Nicholas credits have also been placed in Italian Vogue, Self Magazine, Essence, Black Enterprise, 944, and Indulge. As a multiculturalist, Nicholas lived in Germany, Italy and Texas.
Nicholas is also an avid clarinet performer and opera countertenor singer; having performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Metropolitan Winds, Orchestra of the Pines, Turtle Creek Chorale, and Dallas Symphony Chorus. He's a culinary guy that is in love with Asian fusion cuisine, a travel nerd, and when not wired on social media and designing for his clients, he's with his partner-in-crime, Buster the Dachshund.