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LES LIAISONS DE MARIE ANTOINETTE | Dark Angel | Xiao Wen Ju wears a dress from Alexander McQueen, La Poupée, Spring/Summer 1997 photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue UK March 2015

LES LIAISONS DE MARIE ANTOINETTE | Tanya Dziahileva wears a silk organza dress embroidered with silk flowers and fresh flowers at the finale of Alexander McQueen S/S 2007 ‘Sarabande’ …. the dress constructed almost entirely out of fresh flowers that fell to the floor as the model wearing it walked…| Reference, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Met Gala 2016: Start Time, How to Watch, and Everything to Know

The easiest way to explain to someone what the function of the Met Gala is is that it’s fashion’s Super Bowl. So, its famous people in pretty dresses playing football? No, but that would be fun, and someone should invent that! Instead, the Met Gala is an occasion in which celebrities converge in honor of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit — or because Anna Wintour told them to.

Part–red carpet, part–really fancy dinner party, the Met Gala acts as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Though the celebs on the guest list don’t have to pay to attend, the rest of the attendees have forked over $25,000 each to eat among the stars.

Every year, the stars dress up in accordance with the theme of the exhibit, which in the past have included an Alexander McQueen retrospective, an exploration of Chinese fashion, and how punk style became incorporated into couture fashion.

Below, everything else know before the red carpet to end all red carpets begins tonight.

The Theme:

The Costume Institute’s new exhibit is entitled Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (sigh), and will explore the blurring line between man- and machine-made fashion. It’s traditional for guests to wear garments that reflect the theme, which means that we can likely expect to see plenty of futuristic (and hopefully plenty of retro-futuristic, too) looks on the red carpet. Keep an eye out for outfits that employ both handmade and technologically produced designs, like embroidery or lasercutting.

As always, however, there’ll be a handful of celebs who completely ignore the theme altogether, and another handful who go completely bonkers with it. That’s part of the fun!

The Hosts:

Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour has been the event’s official chair and host since 1995, but each year, she selects an honorary chair to preside over the event. This year’s choice? Newly bleach blonde Vogue cover girl Taylor Swift.

Her co-hosts for the evening are Idris Elba, and Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan Ive. Honorary chairs include Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada. Apple is also sponsoring the event, fittingly.

The Attendees:

Wintour and the Costume Institute have been oddly secretive about this year’s guest list, but celebrities and designers often come paired up, with designers on the arm of the celebrity they’ve dressed for the evening. Since Anna Wintour and Vogue staffers select each of the 650 to 700 people on the guest list, expect standby A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, and Kim and Kanye to be there.

There’s also always a performer, and it’s always a big one. (For context, last year’s was Rihanna.) Speculation of this year’s is falling squarely on the shoulders of perhaps the only pop star who could top her, Beyoncé, who hasn’t missed a Met Gala in years. Because Taylor Swift is the honorary chair of this year’s event, she will likely not perform.

How to Watch:

In years past, the Met Gala red carpet was not televised, and the only way to see the celebrities was to either be there or find photos of them online. But for the first time ever, E! will cover the event via its special, Live from the Red Carpet, which will be similar to their coverage for awards shows like the Oscars. A red carpet pre-show will air at 7 p.m., followed by red carpet fashion at 7:30 p.m.

In another new development this year, Instagram will also be highlighting the best videos from within the Met Ball via a dedicated video channel. It’ll be accessible on the Explore page until Tuesday at 5 p.m., according to WWD.

The actual gala will not be televised, and guests are forbidden to use social media during the event.

anonymous asked:

wow i dont think i read far back enough into the blog to see your discussions, i tried to search it on google to see commentaries and there were very few so i assumed that you haven't talked about. so sorry. how do i find the post you are talking about i would love to read it. there are so many other designers though who do yellow face but they aren't as popular so i cant remember their names and people dont talk about them. maybe i should make a list....

sorry, i meant i’ve talked about that a lot in my academic life, not on this blog specifically.

orientalism has been a mainstay of western fashion for centuries, but some notable modern examples i can think of include (not all examples of yellowface, but all related to orientalism in some way):

for further reading:

  • the costume institute had an exhibit several years ago about orientalism in fashion; you can read about it here or in the catalogue (free download on the met website here).
  • valerie steele has an edited volume about chinese dress that includes essays on chinoiserie here (although honestly it’s not that great at actually criticizing orientalism).
  • there’s also a book by adam geczy about orientalism in fashion but i haven’t read it so i don’t know how good it is.
  • minh-ha t. pham and mimi thi nguyen have written extensively about this topic as well.
  • thuy linh tu’s book the beautiful generation includes a chapter about orientalism in western fashion

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