2017 Met Gala & Exhibition, NYC

Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen Co-Chair the 2017 Met Gala in NYC | Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/BFA/Shutterstock

Affair: 2017 Met Gala (Formerly Costume Institute Gala) & Exhibition

When: Gala ~ Monday, May 1, 2017 (6PM carpet arrivals)
Exhibition Dates ~ Thursday, May 4 - Monday, September 4, 2017

Hot Spot: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, NYC

Deets: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit took place Monday, May 1, in celebration of the exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4 in The Met Fifth Avenue’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall. This benefit event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements. 

The evening’s co-chairs were Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. Rei Kawakubo and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy served as Honorary Chairs. This is the 19th year that Anna Wintour, who is a Met Trustee, has co-chaired the event. 

Special thanks to Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, Maison Valentino, and Warner Bros. for their support of the exhibition and benefit. 

Approximately 550 dinner guests arrived at The Met beginning at 6:30PM for an inaugural viewing of the exhibition and cocktails in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court. Dinner was be served at around 8:30PM in The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, followed by dessert and a performance. 

The design for the 2017 Costume Institute Benefit is created by Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007. 

A dress printed with black and white flowers from Rei Kawakubo’s fall 2007 read-to-wear collection for Comme des Garçons inspires the evening’s decor. Towering above the Information Desk at the center of The Met’s Great Hall is a 30-foot-tall violet design made of hot pink roses with white roses at the center. The base of the desk is trimmed in boxwood with camellias. Solid color balls made from white, pink, and hot pink or burgundy roses, measuring five feet in diameter, hang from the ceiling or sit on the floor, which is covered in hand-painted sisal carpet with royal blue trim. The blue is based on the color of a dress from Comme des Garçons’ fall 2012 collection. The stenciled sisal extends into the building from the steps outside, through the Great Hall, and up the Great Hall stairs, which are flanked by mirrored walls covered in balls made of pink and hot pink or burgundy roses. The ceiling is lit in hot pink. A wall of hot pink roses backs the receiving line at the top of the stairs. 

After viewing the exhibition, guests proceed to the Petrie Court for cocktails, then enter The Temple of Dendur for dinner, walking between two walls of off-white flowers and covered in dots made from hot pink or burgundy roses. A trompe l’oeil royal blue muslin curtain, highlighted in gold, drapes the stage where the performance takes place later in the evening. Dinner tables covered in pink, light pink, red, and burgundy cloths have gold vase centerpieces filled with ranunculus, roses, anemones, and peonies. Gold ballroom chairs have cushions that match the tablecloths. Tables are set with plates printed in a blue peony pattern.

The evening’s menu features an appetizer of lobster and king crab with caviar, baby lettuce, and heirloom cherry tomatoes in a lemon-melon foam. Entrées of roasted sea bass with citrus miso sauce or Wagyu beef with green peppercorn sauce will be accompanied by baby spring vegetables, all served with Kikusui Junmai Ginjo sake, a 2015 Pierre André Chablis, or a 2014 Louis Chevallier Pinot Noir. Matcha, coconut mango, and yuzu citrus mochi will be served with green tea and coffee for dessert. The dinner is catered by Glorious Food. 

Exhibition Overview
The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection. Organized thematically rather than chronologically, the examples will examine Kawakubo’s revolutionary experiments in interstitiality or “in-betweenness”—the space between boundaries. By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo not only challenges the rigidity and artificiality of such binaries, but also resolves and dissolves them. To reflect this, mannequins will be arranged at eye level with no physical barriers, thereby dissolving the usual distance between objects on display and museum visitors.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition will be curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who will collaborate on the exhibition design with Rei Kawakubo. Nathan Crowley will serve as exhibition production designer for the fifth time, working in collaboration with The Met’s Design Department. Raul Avila will produce the gala décor, which he has done since 2007.

Special thanks to Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino for their support of the exhibition and benefit.

Spotted: Co-Chairs: Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Anna Wintour. Honorary Chairs: Rei Kawakubo, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Daniel Brodsky, Chairman; Thomas P. Campbell, Director; Daniel H. Weiss, President. Guests: Huma Abedin, Riz Ahmed, Lily Aldridge, Paul Allen, Joseph Altuzarra, Isha Ambani, Danny Amendola, Aziz Ansari, La La Anthony, Judd Apatow, Amy Astley, Raul Avila, Christopher Bailey, Hailey Baldwin, Elizabeth Banks, Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon, Fabiola Beracasa-Beckman, Freja Beha, Monica Bellucci, Haley Bennett, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Emma Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg, Alex and Eliza Bolen, Andrew Bolton, Kate Bosworth, Sofia Boutella, Hamish Bowles, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, Leon Bridges Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky, Thom Browne, Shelby Bryan, Tory Burch and Pierre Yves-Roussel, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, Thomas P. Campbell and Phoebe Campbell, Naomi Campbell, Francesco Carrozzini, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastai,n Eva Chen, Brian Chescky, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Priyanka Chopra, Silas and Celia Chou, Alexa Chung, Anna Cleveland, Frances Bean Cobain, Grace Coddington, Stephen Colbert, Amy Fine Collins, Lily Collins, Sean Combs, Jennifer Connelly, Dominic Cooper, Sofia Coppola James and Julia Corden, John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, Coco Brandolini D’Adda, Julien d’Ys Cameron Dallas, Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, Gabriel Day-Lewis, Annette de la Renta, Cara Delevingne, John Demsey, Catherine Deneuve, Lily-Rose Depp, Laura Dern Domenico and Eleanor De Sole, Celine Dion, Diplo, Julien Dossena Marquess and Marchioness of Douro, Lena Dunham, Jourdan Dunn, Sylvana and Adam Durrett, Julian Edelman, Ansel Elgort, Karen Elson, Edward Enninful, Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans, Lisa Maria Falcone and Philip Falcone, Elle Fanning, Roger and Mirka Federer Paul Feig, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Livia Firth, Tom Ford, Claire Foy Fabrizio and Mary-Ann Freda, Future, Larry Gagosian, Fernando Garcia, Valentino Garravani, Hailey Gates, Nicolas Ghesquière, Giancarlo Giammetti, Mary Joe Fernandez, Selena Gomez, Tonne Goodman, Ashley Graham, Amy and John Griffin, Grimes, Josh Groban, Prabal Gurung, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Lewis Hamilton, Imaan Hammam, Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers, Ayman Hariri, Lady Amanda Harlech, Patti Harris, Grace Hartzel, Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault, Gabriela Hearst, Lucas Hedges, Dree Hemingway, Lazaro Hernandez, Carolina Herrera, Patricia Herrera Lansing, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Taylor Hill, Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, Isabelle Huppert, Sir Jony Ive, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Paris Jackson, Marc Jacobs, Lily James, Bouchra Jarrar, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Dakota Johnson, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Felicity Jones, Michael B. Jordan, Mindy Kaling, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Christopher Kane, Donna Karan, Andy Karl, Rei Kawakubo, Megyn Kelly, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg, Riley Keough, Miranda Kerr, Wiz Khalifa, Jemima Kirke, Karlie Kloss, Solange Knowles, Jeff Koons and Justine Wheeler Koons, Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, Zoë Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Diane Kruger, Sasha Lane, Brie Larson, Jane Lauder, Leonard Lauder and Judy Glickman Lauder, David Lauren and Lauren Bush, Lauren Katie Lee, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Kate Levin Lil’ Yachty, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez, Bryan Lourd, Lisa Love, Courtney Love, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Jenna Lyons, Madonna, Rami Malek, The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney, Leslie Mann, The Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito, Thomas Mars, Natalie Massenet, Maxwell Stella, Maxwell, Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue, Stella McCartney Jack McCollough, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe Alessandro Michele, Nicki Minaj, Hasan Minhaj, Janelle Monáe, Michelle Monaghan Les Moonves and Julie Chen, Julianne Moore, Mandy Moore, Tommy and Thalía Mottola, John Mulaney, Wendi Murdoch, Ruth Negga, José Neves, Steven Newhouse and Gina Sanders Jonathan Newhouse and Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, Cam Newton, Thandie Newton, Trevor Noah, Edward Norton, Jim Norton Lupita Nyong’o Frank Ocean Ashley Olsen Mary-Kate Olsen Rita Ora, Rick Owens, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Paulson, Katy Perry, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Zac Posen, Behati Prinsloo, Fausto Puglisi, Margaret Qualley, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, Andrew Rannells, Emily Ratajkowski, Eddie and Hanna Redmayne, Matthew Rhys, Sofia Richie, Daisy Ridley, Rihanna, Emma Roberts, ASAP Rocky, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Emmy Rossum, Olivier Rousteing, Paolo Roversi, Keri Russell, Ashton Sanders, Andrès and Lauren Santo Domingo, Bob Sauerberg, Jonathan Saunders, Amy Schumer, Stephen and Christine Schwarzman, Jeremy Scott, Léa Seydoux, Bee Shaffer, Cindy Sherman, Deputy Mayor Anthony E. Shorris, Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Tabitha Simmons, Raf Simons, Sally Singer, Alexander Skarsgård, Kelly Slater, Joan Smalls, Jaden Smith, Virginia Smith, Lucy Page, Southworth, Sistine Stallone, Hailee Steinfeld, Charlotte Stockdale, Lara Stone, The Honorable Scott Stringer, Daria Strokous, Tom Sturridge, Fei Fei Sun, Candice Swanepoel, Kevin and Nicole Systrom, André Leon Talley, Stella Tennant ,Abel Tesfaye, Mario Testino, Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Stefano Tonchi, Cassie Venture, Donatella Versace, Stuart Vevers, Natalia Vodianova, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Talita von Furstenberg, Marcus Wainwright, Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha, Naomi Watts, Bruce Weber, Daniel H. Weiss and Sandra Jarva Weiss ,Liu Wen, Theo Wenner, Kim Kardashian West, Dominic West, Vivienne Westwood, Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen, Pharrell Williams, Serena Williams, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, Anna Wintour Reese Witherspoon, Anne Wojcicki, Evan Rachel Wood, Wendy Yu, Zendaya, Dasha Zhukova, Dirk and Natasha Ziff Aerin Lauder, Zinterhofer and Eric Zinterhofer.

Hint For The Average Socialite: A publication, authored by Andrew Bolton and designed by Fabien Baron, will accompany the exhibition. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

A special feature on the Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org/ReiKawakubo, provides information about the exhibition. 

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