Last night was the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Annual Costume Institute Gala, and this year it was co-chaired by George Clooney, Julia Robert, Giorgio Armani and Anna Wintour. A head-exploding collection of the biggest stars in the world, the annual gala rivals the Academy Awards for star power: Tom and Kate, Posh and Becks, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Tom and Giselle, both Olson twins, designers, Venus WIlliams and so on. Now why are we bothering to write about this? Because they all came out for “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” a superhero themed costume show that has temporarily turned the Met into a superhero outpost. We’ll have our own review of the show in the next post, but suffice to say that most people wore sparkly stuff to at least keep a little of the superhero theme going.
Reporters who were allowed in picked up on the superhero theme:
Vera Wang, yet another designer, with the model Karolina Kurkova, pointed out that she hadn’t worn a dress with superhero shoulder pads, or even a bra, “but maybe I would have if I was 10 years younger.”
Then Gisele Bündchen (in Versace), passed by, saying, “I want to take that Wonder Woman costume down and wear it right now, but it would probably be too revealing.” Her escort, Tom Brady (in Tom Ford), quickly commented, “I want her to wear the Wonder Woman outfit.”
It went on like this for an hour or so until the final crush of late arrivals. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was followed by Donald and Melania Trump, Karl Lagerfeld in a shiny silver-sequined blazer (“I’m shinier than the heroes,” he said), then Marc Jacobs, Janet Jackson, Donatella Versace and Donna Karan.
And Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes came through, looking perfect. “I’ve always just loved comic books,” Mr. Cruise said. “I dig those characters.”
For our money, Only Wintour, in a specially made outfit by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, really upheld the theme of the evening. Marvel and DC both supported the show, and Alex Ross art was on display everywhere, but it’s unknown if any of our kind were on hand to revel in the star-studded evening of glamour and spandex.
A few more pics in the jump.
A lot of old time superhero actors were at the show, including Lynda Carter.
Posh and Becks
Even this bozo was there.