The first Monday in May (aka Met Gala) is the most important date on every fashion lover’s calendar. It’s the one night of the year when all the “laws” of fashion break down and designers can truly let their creativity and imagination run wild.
This year’s theme, Gilded Glamour, was therefore perfectly suited. The American Golden Age was a period of rapid economic growth. Industrialization brought a massive influx of European immigrants which led to the boom in industry and New York became the multicultural city it is today. Fabrics have become easier to produce and more accessible than ever. This meant that the dresses were constructed using many layers of different fabrics and textures, which were then completed with bows, lace, ruffles and jewels. Age is characterized by excess and opulence; exactly what the Met Gala theme called for.
Surprisingly though, one of the most popular designers among celebrities in attendance this year was Iris Van Herpen: her designs have been worn by Dove Cameron, Teyana Taylor, Fredrik Robertsson and Winnie Harlow. Van Herpen’s designs are futuristic and spooky, two things one wouldn’t automatically associate with late 1800s fashion. So one might ask: what are Van Herpen’s designs doing on the golden red carpet?
Dove Cameron gave us the answer when talking about her dress – which took around 600 hours to make – saying that “it plays into the theme of ‘Gilded Age’ in the way it’s incredibly structured, everything on the shape, but it’s also honoring Iris’ unique vision.