Fashion and Art have been passions of mine since I was a teenager growing up in a small town in Upstate New York. Parsons School of Design here in NYC provided me with the skills to follow my passion as a fashion designer for many years. One of my favorite classes was held in the bowels of the MET, where we had to wear white cotton gloves to handle the beautiful garments presented to us in the Costume Institute’s archive. The design, detail, and workmanship were like nothing I had ever seen. Nothing was scheduled after the morning class, and we were allowed to roam around the MET until it closed. It was an incredible experience combining Art and Fashion.
You can imagine how thrilled I was when I happened upon these beautiful Dolce & Gabbana couture gowns being set up in Lincoln Center all around the famous fountain in front of the opera house. I was able to walk right up to these incredible pieces and see all the details as they were dressing the mannequins. I think my invitation must have been lost in the mail, so, sadly, I was not able to attend the party inside. I thought about crashing it though….
So…what did you think about the Met Gala? It got lots of hype…
I think Anna Wintour does an amazing job! There is no longer an argument that fashion is indeed art! When I was a student at Parsons, we would go to the Costume Institute in the MET for our Wednesday morning class and allowed the rest of the day to roam the museum. We would put on our white cotton gloves and each week we were allowed to handle the garments and studied a different but equally amazing aspect of history and fashion design, from British military dress uniforms from the Revolutionary War period to Balenciaga. The collection is vast and incredible. I am really looking forward to the exhibit! I also loved that it was a bit of a theme party. I thought it interesting that Anna approves every single guest, even though corporations buy a table or two, she really owns that party.