The punk themed fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Gala on the evening of May 6, honored high fashion and the icons that wear it. The Gala is considered the Oscars of fashion. Daring and risk is the name of the game. The clothes are the spectacle of the night.
Eight hundred celebrities, fashion designers, and super-models, from reigning Chairwoman Mrs. Beyonce Carter, to punk icon Debbie Harry, paid $250,000.00 per table to dine and enjoy JellO shots for dessert.
The event, sponsored by Moda Operandi Fashion and Conde Nast, celebrates the Metropolitan’s Costume Institute Exhibition, and highlights punks impact on high fashion. Moda Operandi has created an exclusive punk collection created by designers Givenchy, Balmain, and Vivienne Westwood who originally articulated the punk era by merging social realism with artistic expression.
No one in the dazzling crowd was wearing garbage bags or safety pins, and few captured the youthful sizzle of the original style.
Beyonce captured the evening wearing a flame-motif gown with a flame cut-out train created by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci.
Madonna wowed the crowd in a Tartan jacket, Givenchy pink spike heels, shredded fishnets and no pants. Anne Hathaway, in a vintage Valentino and a spiked blonde punk hairdo, channeled Debbie Harry, one of the revered stars of the exhibit, wearing Tommy Hilfiger.
Gwyneth Paltrow was edgy in a hot pink Valentino gown with a cut-out top, but the edginess of the theme threw many fashionistas off their game. Kim Kardashian, Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicki Minaj, and many more, were not their usual fearless fashion selves.
Many of the looks from ‘Chaos to Couture’ are available through the Moda Operandi website. Everything is bona fide designer duds, fun and very cool.