Since the start of Covid, countless awaited events have been canceled and postponed. The case is no different for the Met Gala: an annual fundraising gala organized by Vogue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Its history begins in 1948 and prevails to this day as the world's most prestigious fashion event. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the event was canceled for 2020 and postponed for 2021 (taking place on the 14th of September instead of its usual time: the first Monday of May). However, as the cases of the virus keep decreasing, people are slowly returning to 'normal' life. And so, for the first time since 2019, this year's Met Ball was held on time, on May second, and was attended by numerous celebrities wearing looks inspired by the theme "Gilded Glamour."
The event sparked conversation online, as well as among the GZAAT students, who, the following morning, were discussing the costumes worn by their favorite celebrities.
The students were subsequently surveyed on the topic.
Out of 87 respondents, 73.3% watched the met gala, from which only 7.7% - just six people - actually enjoyed it. 67.7% didn't like it at all. The rest were divided: some expected better, and some thought a few outfits were nice but didn't like it overall. The main reason for this appears to be the neglect of the theme, for which most people had high anticipations. Instead of the awaited glamour, grandeur, and excess, people got what they called underwhelming and uninspired looks.
However, there still were some celebrities that managed to impress most people. When asked who they enjoyed the most, the students answered remarkably similarly.
By far, the highest-rated look of the event was worn by Blake Lively, who seems to never disappoint on red carpets. On this occasion, she wore an Atelier Versace gown, which, other than its exceptional exterior, was extremely fitting to the theme both visually and conceptually. People also seem to have enjoyed the transition, which added to the already outstanding outfit.
Next followed Billie Eilish in a Gucci gown, who, like Blake, was appreciated for being on theme. The garments, made entirely from upcycled materials, were also supposed to be sustainable, which adds to their appeal.
Gigi Hadid, Olivia Rodrigo, Cardi B (all in Versace), and Kaia Gerber (Alexander McQueen) also made the list, with many people noting the obvious effort and thought put into their overall looks.
There were a few other people mentioned, but the provided examples were the most popular.
Overall, the highly awaited Met Gala seems to have failed to meet the expectations of most people, and most GZAAT students agree. However, there were still some interesting outfits and hopefully, there will be more of them next year.
Edited by Barbare Melikidze