The Met Gala 2010 – American Women Fashioning A National Identity

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art presented this year’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala with more stars lining up on the Red Carpet than an ordinary Oscar event. And to think that Anna Wintour’s curated event was under the influence of the American Women (fashioning a National Identity) circa 1890-1940!

I was trying hard to see through the Red Carpet defile something that would remind me of this year’s theme; instead I had to declare myself satisfied with outfits I could easily describe as season-fit – Prom Season, that is! (the story continues right after the jump with more images! Click here for the gallery!)

Vera Farmiga blue dress Doutzen Kroes blue dress Met Gala 2010

I kept my mind fresh and concentrated only on the visual perspective of last night’s Met Gala Red Carpet. I was expecting something definitely more costume-ish than what I found. However, given the premises of this special event, the wardrobe implications should have been clear enough: Anna Wintour head chief-ed this year’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala which was actually hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Patrick Robinson (from the Gap). With such media/consumerism luminaries, fashion sophistication would have been the least chez elle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art American Women exhibition Gala.

Thandie Newton Maggie Gyllenhaal Met Gaal 2010

Extravaganza and originality, real fashion breakthroughs were modestly represented and we should actually consider ourselves lucky to not have had witnessed a jeans and basic casuals Red Carpet defile. On the other hand, searching the fashion history, you would have expected to see something more Victorian than last night’s Met Gala. Observing the Artistic dress on the Red Carpet I only found few to be really relevant while so many others took on the Oscar patterns instead of revolving around the night’s theme.

Rachel Bilson Louis Vuitton dress Kristen Dunst Rodarte dress Met 2010

Somewhat reflecting the chosen time of the Met exhibition (American Women: Fashioning a National Identity), the outfits were Vera Farmiga dressed in a baby blue Sophie Theallet for Gap dress. Her gown grew on me not because of the aesthetics but mostly because it was event-coordinated. Just like Doutzen Kroes’ Zac Posen Cinderella blue tulle dress. An absolute ball gown, chapeau! Thandie Newton was the image of perfection, as always, wearing her Vivienne Westwood while Maggie Gyllenhaal nailed it right with a Louis Vuitton from their Fall Winter 2010 collection, a good collection for Rachel Bilson too. And as improbable and misplaced as she could have looked, Kirsten Dunst’s white Rodarte for Gap was perfectly jazzy for the époque!

Anne Hathaway Rosario Dawson Camilla Belle Met Gala 2010

Scaling down the event-fitting outfits we’re moving on to prom dresses. From Anne Hathaway’s Valentino through Rosario Dawson’s Giambatista Valli, a varied range of dresses would be just perfect for the prom… ahem ball! Camilla Belle’s fire red Jason Wu, Rachel Weisz’ pink Oscar de la Renta, Joy Bryant’s Marchesa, Mariska Hargitay’s navi Vera Wang.. We musn’t forget Kristen Bell’s Diane von Furstenberg or Renee Zellweger’s Carolina Herrera or even Oprah’s Oscar de la Renta! Eva Mendes in heavily flowery Dolce & Gabbana isn’t so bad either! Coco Rocha’s questionable flowery dress from Zac Posen felt positive in my books while Eva Longoria’s Marchesa had that repetitive look to it (since she’s definitely a Marchesa girl). The loud blues: Emmy Rossum in Kenneth Cole and Christina Hendricks in L’Wren Scott toned down at the gorgeous sight of beautiful Karlie Kloss in purple Donna Karan and statuesque Jessica Stam in dark blue Rachel Roy. Models still hold it high with Anja Rubik’s red Altuzzara and Riley Keough’s Thakoon for Gap. I still haven’t decided about Elizabeth Banks’ Gucci or Blake Lively’s Marchesa. Maybe the first one goes thumbs up (because of those life savings pockets) while Blake’s going down (especially because of that atrocious orange tan)? Same indecision goes for Bar Refaeli‘s too casual Rag & Bone mini dress…

Rachel Weisz Joy Bryant Mariska Hargitay Met 2010 dresses

Kristen Bell Renee Zellweger Oprah Met 2010 dresses

Eva Mendes Coco Rocha Eva Longoria Met 2010 dresses

Emmy Rossum Christina Hendricks Karlie Kloss Met 2010 dresses

Jessica Stam Anja Rubik Riley Keough Met 2010 dresses

Elizabeth Banks Blake Lively Bar Refaeli Met 2010 dresses

Now let’s go review the metallics since so many participants at the Met Gala 2010 chose metallic/shiny silky fabrics to sparkle the night away! The one who surprised me the most was Demi Moore! Oh yes, she was there! And she wore Lanvin! I never would’ve guessed it wasn’t Versace! Nicole Richie was silver shiny in Marc Jacobs and Claire Danes in Burberry. Can we include Gwen Stefani’s LAMB too? It kinda sparkled, you know? Or Naomi Watts one shouldered Lanvin Stella McCartney? Same with M.I.A.’s Alexander Wang for Gap! Padma Lakshmi was gorgeously golden (wearing a yet unidentified dress), while Natasha Poly took your breath away in Michael Kors (chosen also by Diane Lane). Rachel Zoe was yellow velvelt-ish in Marc Jacobs, pretty much the same fabric as Erin Fetherston’s dress. Even Anna Wintour herself was silky sparkling in Chanel while Alessandra Ambrosio was heavenly beautiful in Versace and Abbie Cornish rather average in blue Louis Vuitton! Sequins still worked the Red Carpet for Brooke Shields (in Michael Kors, again) or Marion Cotillard (in Dior, biensur). Wrapping up the sparkling dresses was Katy Perry who had a white dress with LEDs in!

Demi Moore Nicole Richie Claire Danes Met Gala 2010 dresses

Gwen Stefani Naomi Watts M I A Met Gala 2010 dresses

Padma Lakshmi Natasha Poly Rachel Zoe Erin Fetherston Met 2010 dresses

Anna Wintour Alessandra Ambrosio Brooke Shields Marion Cotillard Met 2010 dresses

Katy Perry Light bulbs dress Met Gala 2010

Have I told you about the pants? Liya Kebede in Rachel Roy, Chanel Iman in Michael Kors, Alexa Chung in Phillip Lim and Tina Fey in YSL! Gorgeous ladies, gorgeous frocks!

Liya Kebede Chanel Iman Alexa Chung Tina Fey Met Gala 2010 pants

I saved the best for last: my favorite look of the night (and I have the feeling I’m not the only one thinking this way) was Sienna Miller (in Pucci, alongside her on/off beau, Jude Law). Perfection! My absolute fail of the night was, biensur, Chloe Sevigny in a too-strange-for-words Proenza Shouler dress. The most surprising had to be Diane von Furstenberg’s starry blue dress! Perfectly American! (photos via 1, 2, more about the fashion history from the 1890s here, about the 1900s here, the 1910s here )

Sienna Miller Chloe Sevigny Diane von Furstenberg Met Gala 2010 dresses

Thandie Newton Maggie Gyllenhaal Met Gala 2010 large Anne Hathaway Met Gala 2010 1 Anne Hathaway Met Gala 2010 2


#1 Ellington on 05.04.10 at 12:28 pm

You know I rather like this red carpet event more so than the Oscars. It is nice to see the ladies all prettied up!
I love Thandie Newton’s dress and I also like Maggie G’s dress too!
Anna Wintour looks like she is the “Editor of it all”, and despite the butter would not melt in her mouth look and pose I like Chloe S’s dress, it is quirky and I like quirky. :)

#2 Adriana on 05.05.10 at 7:06 am

I think this red carpet is more likable because it is about fashion and fashion only?
Too many dresses here….pffff….I can include Gwen Stefani she deserves it. I love Sienna Miller in her dress (and this time it seems to be a serious Kpriss affair Kpriss!) Doutzen Kroes, how much I like her, that dress is not her. A bit scary how skinny the models and that Zoe stylist look….as for the lovely Christina Hendricks: why did you diet girl? M.I.A. looks great. Made for her.
I love Alexa Chung’s outfit a lot but for such a ball? Nah….no! I neither like Chloe Sevigny’s dress. On the front it looks awkward.
I love Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “Scarlett O’ Hara curtain like” LV dress and I’m bedazzled with scrolling up and down….pfff….and think who wears the most beautiful dress?

I read somewhere, don’t know if it’s true that Anna Wintour has said to Katy Perry: “Cut off that crap!” LOL! It would be so funny to me if that’s true….what was she thinking with those lights? It’s not the MTV Awards Katy!

A lot of the ladies changed their outfits for the after party. Do you ever wonder how all these trains look after such a night? Because I do every time I see a coverage like this! :)

#3 Rafa on 05.05.10 at 9:35 am

God of Heaven was perfect Mariska Hargitay at Vera Wang.

#4 RD on 05.05.10 at 12:01 pm

Naomi Watts looked stunning in Stella McCartney (NOT Lanvin as mentioned above)

#5 Margareta Belle Jeanne on 05.07.10 at 8:30 pm

Love Natasha Poly here – so beautiful. As for Katy Perry – she’s a pop star, not a fashion plate. It’s her job to look OTT and good on her for daring to be different.

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