The MET Gala is an annual fundraising gala to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
According to the annual theme, the world’s top luxury designers dress celebrities during the gala to showcase their fashion pieces. If the mainstream public wants to participate, the tickets cost around US$40,000
The MET Gala shows us how humanity needs to revere and worship celebrities as escapism of daily and global struggles. This pop-culture event demonstrates the public’s hyperawareness of celebrity gossip and the absence of social consciousness the event portrays.
Thankfully, some celebrities and public personas used their invite and privilege as a political platform to make a strong statement through fashion.
The Democrat Senator, Alexandra Ocasio, made a big statement by wearing a dress that spelled “Tax the Rich.” A controversial message that we can tie to the need to have a financial reserve for environmental and sustainable development can lead the American nation to reduce carbon emissions through clean energy and waste management. Yet, at the same time, she spread the message at the biggest elite gala, giving a double standard of where she stands and where she belongs.
The model and actress Cara Delevinge showed up wearing a bulletproof vest spelling “Peg the Patriarchy” to end the pillar that sustains capitalism, hyper-consumerism, and misogyny.
Finally, the singer Billie Eilish agreed to be dressed by Oscar De La Renta if the designer would stop using fur in their garments, impacting wildlife conservation.