The Met Gala, also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. This year’s Met Gala, scheduled for May 4, will have a Chinese theme, titled “China: Through the Looking Glass.” It’s a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Asian Art, while renowned filmmaker Wong Kar-wai is overseeing its art direction.
Hong Kong tycoon Silas Chou will host the upcoming gala. Co-chairs include Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour.
If you could afford to attend the star-studded event, what would you wear?
The black gown with silver sparkles, shown above, would be an ideal choice. This is really an exquisite example of East-meets-West fashion design. It combines a high collar inspired by the Mandarin collar with the modern illusion neckline and mermaid silhouette. In the meantime, the silver sparkles are arranged into a pattern that looks distinctively Oriental. It’s hard to find a better match for the Chinese theme of the Met Gala!
Even so, here’s another mermaid gown that would work perfectly for the Met Gala, too.
This was originally designed as a wedding reception dress for Chinese brides. However, since American brides don’t wear red, it’s not too bridal for the Met Ball. The bright red color would make you the center of everyone’s attention, and the intricate gold embroidery on the bust of the dress would win lots of compliments!
If you like red but prefer a quieter tone, here’s an elegant option.
The subtle print of roses makes this cheongsam (traditional-style Mandarin dress) a lovely piece of art.
Speaking of art, what can be more artistic than hand painted dresses?
With hand painted pink peony flowers, this green gown is perfect for a spring soiree like the Met Gala. It would certainly take everyone’s breath away!
When it comes to floral designs, floral embroidery would be the most delicate art form to showcase.
The hand embroidery on this dress is as refined as it gets! The floral pattern is understated and tasteful. If it could come in a floor-length version, it would work fabulously for the Met Gala.
Here’s another knee-length dress that would be Met-Gala-appropriate if converted into floor length.
The colorblock dress is slimming while the Chinese-style floral brocade on its front panel is absolutely stunning. This is another successful example of East-meets-West fashion design!
Don’t you wish you could get one of the dresses displayed above for the Met Gala? Well, even if you can’t afford to go to the Met Ball, there may be local fundraising galas you can attend. In that case, you can still put on one of these dresses to blow everyone away!