So its the Met Ball Costume Institute Gala tonight in New York tonight and everyone who is anyone is going to be there! In the last number of years, fashion enthusiasts have been watching as the most stylish celebrities in the world gather for one spectacular event. I’ll be posting about my favourite dresses and the horrors that some celebrities will inevitably wear, just like I did last year (see here).
But of course, before the event starts, there will always be a bit of drama and this year, its courtesy of the editor of American Vogue. Anna Wintour has banned a naked sculpture of Vivienne Westwood that was to be displayed at the Met Ball in New York tonight.
The 40-foot statue of punk designer Westwood made from Styrofoam and laying across an old mattress, was supposed to take prime position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute but Wintour made the snap decision a couple of weeks ago to cancel the installation.
The glittering fashion ball extravaganza launches the annual fashion exhibition at the famous museum and hosts the biggest stars on the planet. Beyoncé has been named as the honorary chair of this year’s Costume Institute Gala, alongside Anna Wintour herself and designers like Riccardo Tisci, who is in the news, having designed costumes for a ballet production at the Opéra de Paris. Mrs Carter née Knowles had one of the standout dresses last year wearing a sheer Givenchy dress designed by Tisci.
This year’s event is dubbed Punk: Chaos to Couture and a nod to the original punk designer 72-year-old Vivienne Westwood was the obvious choice. However, the infamous editor of American Vogue took offence to the sculpture that was going to have graffiti projections on it and has cancelled its installation, calling it a needless distraction. The demanding businesswoman that is dubbed ‘Nuclear Wintour’, I assume because of the fear she induces in people, made the quick decision to get rid of Westwood’s sculpture.
There has never been evidence of a public feud between Vivienne Westwood and Anna Wintour – but many are speculating after this rash decision to cut her piece from the exhibition. Ms Wintour has never been seen in the front row of any of Westwood’s shows at London Fashion Week and has never attended one of her shows even though she makes the pilgrimage to London town to see other shows by British designers. Wintour, the undeniable Queen of Fashion, favours sharp tailoring and clean lines from designers such as Victoria Beckham.
Fashion photographer Nick Knight, creative consultant for the Met Ball, used a 25ft statue of Naomi Campbell in the same way as part of a fashion event in Somerset House in 2009.
Stay tuned tomorrow when I’ll update you on the best and worst dresses of the Met Ball (in my opinion) and have a look at the fantastic fashion that graces the red carpet of the Metropolitan Museum this year!
Keep styling, Em x