designers and their muses at the MET Gala

Lucy Maguire

From rock ‘n’ roll T-shirts by Stella McCartney and Liv Tyler, to the flickering Naomi Campbell gown in which she appeared alongside Gianni Versace, to the extravagant entourage of the Gucci fashion house led by Alessandro Michelego, we are reminiscent of the most stylish duets in the history of MET Gala.

During the MET Gala, also known as the “Fashion Super Bowl”, the most popular are the outfits of stars and the names of couples who step on the red carpet. That is why designers start searching for muses a few months before the ceremony.

In addition to the iconic moment of walking up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, guests also take part in a gala dinner alongside their partners with whom they came to the event. It is therefore not surprising that Marc Jacobs has appeared in the past with friends Kate Moss (2009) and Sofia Coppola (2013). Close Friends – Katy Perry (2015) and Madonna (2017) – were invited by Jeremy Scott. Putting purely friendly relations aside, it should be noted that brands are increasingly trying to include stars from recent clothing campaigns in their creations. We all remember when Jacobs appeared at the gala in 2017, accompanied by his then-ambassador Frances Bean Cobain and her mother Courtney Love.

MET Gala has a long history of famous duos. Just think of the 1995 edition of the event when the young Kate Moss made her red carpet debut with Calvin Klein and Christa Turlington wearing a cream-colored spaghetti strap dress. That same evening, another supermodel, Naomi Campbell, shone in a shimmering gown as she joined Gianni Versace’s arm in arm. The designer’s sister, Donatella, joined him a year later in a satin and leather corset fastened with golden buckles. Since taking the helm of an Italian fashion house at the MET Gala, Donatella has appeared with Cindy Crawford (2009), Jennifer Lopez (2015) and Kylie Jenner (2017).

Among the unforgettable creations are those belonging to Cher in 1974 and 1985, which Bob Mackie himself worked on (the singer’s “naked dress” became the inspiration for the matching outfit of Kim Kardashian at the gala in 2015). Iconic designs were also abundant in the 1990s, just mention Liv Tyler and her friend (then also creative director Chloé) Stella McCartney, both in tight-fitting T-shirts with the slogan “Rock Royalty” embroidered on the breasts.

The trend of strong women’s duets, or even groups, is gaining momentum. A perfect example is the assistance of Stefan Gabbana from 2003, which included Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham and Linda Evangelista, or Stella McCartney’s entourage from 2014 with Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon and Kate Bosworth at the helm. The five-year-old edition belonged to Olivier Rousteing’s “Balmain Army” composed of the most famous models of the last decade, and Alessandro Michelego’s Gucci clan with longtime ambassadors – Dakota Johnson, Charlotte Casiraghi and Jared Leto. An impressive roster of stars has also accompanied Pierpaol Piccioli for years, including Lorde, Lily Collins, Zoë Kravitz and Miles Teller.

The loudest name of 2018 was Madonna, who appeared in the gothic creation of a friend of Jean Paul Gaultier (together in the 90s they created the famous image of the singer from the Blond Ambition tour, whose central element were satin corsets with conical cups). They reinterpreted church robes and insignia in support of the celebrations with the theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. The creations of Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto according to the concept of Alessandro Michelego were created in the same spirit.

Two days before the MET Gala, we check the archives to recall the most stylish red carpet duets.

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