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A starry night at the museum

May 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

It was prom night for the rich and glamorous at the 2010 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit, which brought out a galaxy of stars, socialites, media personalities and fashion designers in New York. For me, ooohing or bleh-ing the the red carpet arrival photos from this night are right up there with dissecting the arrivals at the Academy Awards.

Sarah Jessica Parker wore a pleated silk lame dress in blush from Halston Heritage Archive.

Typically the ladies (and sometimes the men) tend to be more adventurous with their fashion choices, after all the event does have “costume” in its title. Fashion choices can go horribly wrong… or stunningly amazing! (Click on the photos for links to slideshows.)

The best dressed: Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani were the definition of gorgeous. I really love sparkly nude/beige/gold trend that’s carrying-over from the Academy Awards. They were pulled together and sold the look. Some of the other ladies looked uncomfortable or insecure in their dresses.

The slight misses: Blake Lively had a pretty peacock-blue dress, but for some reason (it could be the camera angle) its proportions made her body look odd. Zoe Zaldana had  a solid gown, but after her multi-colored purple frock at the Academy Awards, she was playing it too safe. She could have done better. Emma Watson got leggy with her custom-made Burberry dress, which I loved, it just seemed like she was missing something to make her outfit dazzle.

The definite misses: While I admire Katy Perry’s sense of adventure and confidence, her dress looked like a melted cup of gooey yogurt… and there’s also the fact that her dress had lights. Fun concept, but it fails on the red carpet. Carey Mulligan is trying too hard to add edge to the lavender dress by wearing black tights. Love the dress, ditch the tights. Jessica Biel has an awesome body but she looks like she just got out of bed. The dress is uninteresting and doesn’t complement her shape.

Not often mentioned in the press which primarily covers the red carpet arrivals, the gala celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute’s launch of its spring exhibition of gowns and images. This year American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity will focus on the developing perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940 and how the period has affected the way American women are seen today. “Gibson Girls,” “Bohemians” and “Screen Sirens” are some of the archetypes¬† that will be featured in the exhibit.

I’ve had the opportunity to see 2005’s Chanel and 2009’s The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion exhibits. Both were great collections and I’m looking forward to checking out this new one during my Memorial Day weekend visit. It always feels like a delicious treat to walk through the Met and see the exhibition!

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