classic textiles


Nair Woman

Lady with Veena

Mother and Child

There Comes Papa, 1893

Malayalee Woman


Lady Juggler

Radha Madhavam, 1890

Lady at Ball Game

Ahalya Indravalokan

Lady Holding a Fruit


Fresh from Bath


Gypsies, 1893

Galaxy of Musicians

Woman with Veena

Portrait of a Lady, 1893

Yasoda Adorning Krishna

Ganga and Shantanu, 1890

Maharani Chimanbai

Ganga Avataran, 1910


Met Gala 2015: Best and Worst Dressed

Monday night actors, actresses, models, fashion designers plus many more famous people, came together for the Met Gala. The Met Gala formally  known as The Costume Institute Gala is a fundraising event to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume department. The event celebrates and kicks off the opening of a new costume exhibit. Vogue magazine’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour has been on the committee since 1995 and oversees the guest list. While people that weren’t invited can attend the event but only if they can spare 25,000 for a ticket. This year’s theme is “China: Through the Looking Glass.” While many attendees dress to match the year’s them, it is not required to attend. Below are some great, okay and horrible looks from this year’s Met Gala. My criteria when judging these looks was: did it honor the theme and not offend Chinese culture, was it flattering and most importantly was it different and exciting. Here are a few great looks and a few bad looks from the event.

The Bad 

Sarah Jessica Parker

While I think Sarah’s dress is beautiful and I like the use of different textiles; its her headpiece that is offensive and for that reason she made my worst dressed list.

Anna Wintour

For someone who runs Vogue she doesn’t know how to dress herself. The sleeves are way to over powering for her small frame. The dress is shapeless and all the flowers make Wintour look like she’s lying in a field of poppies.

Grace Coddington

Yet another member of Vogue who can’t dress. While Coddington’s look is clearly Chinese, she’s essentially wearing pajamas which isn’t very glamourous. 

Chloe Sevigny

While the fabric choice is very much inspired by classic Chinese textiles: the dress is ill-fitting and looks cheap. The use of different prints and patterns doesn’t work either.

The Okay

Taraji P. Henson

What I love about this dress is the fabric is reminiscent of Chinese pottery, which is an appropriate way to honor this year’s theme. But the style of the dress and accessories are boring.

Lizzy Caplan

I love the colors and embellishments on the dress. That being said, the dress doesn’t look tailored to Caplan’ body and it looks like someone forgot to iron the bottom of the dress.

Selena Gomez

What I like about Selena’s dress is that it’s modern but uses tassels and flowers from Chinese fashion. What I don’t like about the dress is the color; white makes the dress boring if the dress had been a deep ruby or emerald it would’ve been perfect.

Dianna Agron

What caught my attention about Dianna’s dress are the birds which look like they are from a painting; but the style of the dress is something that is seen time and time again on the red carpet. The Met Gala is an event where you can take chances. Had the birds not of made it onto Agron’s dress this would’ve been a look that would’ve flown under the radar (pun intended). Plus the color is boring and doesn’t do anything for her complexion.

Honorable Mentions

The Best 

Fan Bingbing

This is by far my favorite look from this year’s Met Gala. The print honors Chinese art perfectly, and while her dress is gold and sequined it doesn’t over power that amazing jacket. Plus Bingbing’s makeup, hair and accessories complement the ensemble without taking away from it.

Gong Li

What I love about Li’s dress is that it’s a modern take on a classic Chinese silhouette. Plus the color and lace detail on the shoulder are beautiful.

Kate Mara

Kate Mara’s look is great because it’s inspired by flowers and art that has Chinese origins. The style of the dress and the use of ombre is what makes this look modern and fresh. 

Bee Shaffer

Another great look from the Met Gala, was Bee Shaffer’s gorgeous ensemble. I love that again the pattern for the dress was inspired by Chinese art and flowers. The deep red looks lovely on Shaffer and makes the flowers pop.