Italy, France, America, Britain and Spain are home to some of the world’s most famous fashion designers, but over the past few years many from China and those of Chinese descent from around the world have experienced great surges in their global prominence. Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, Phillip Lim, Jimmy Choo and Jason Wu are all some of the more well known Chinese designers whose outfits made it onto the shoulders of celebrities and onto the red carpet at the Met Gala this year.
This year’s special theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass”, so it was brilliant of Anna Wintour and her Vogue team to shine the spotlight on China’s rich and diverse fashion history and culture. Other designers, perhaps less well known before – though will surely see interest in them peak now – also got a chance to be showcased this year, including jewellery designers Anna Hu, Cindy Chao, Anita Ko and Lynn Ban, as well as Guo Pei and Christopher Bu.
Each year, the Met Gala’s theme is different and those invited are encouraged/expected to dress to it, though sometimes the themes are hard to define or keep to. “China”, however, allows everyone to bring out the soft, pastel-coloured florals (groundbreaking!), reds/pinks/lilacs, golds, dragons, silk, extravagant Empress-inspired outfits and qipao-like dresses. Below are some of the outfits worn by a variety of celebrities – models, actresses, singers, entrepreneurs, etc. – both Chinese and non-Chinese alike, that I felt best complemented this year’s theme (which was CHINA by the way, not Japan, Korea or general Oriental/Asian… *cough* Lady Gaga *cough*). And it was good to see some lovely Chinese-inspired designs by Western designers too. Some of them are great, some of them not so great and some just look a bit weird but 10/10 for unique effort and style! (All images from Vogue.com)
The Ladies in Red:
Empress or Concubine?
The Wonderful Weirdoes?
Less is more, ladies:
The men and boy:
Which outfits were your favourites out of these 21 women, 2 men and 1 boy? Or who do you think I missed out (yeah, there were more but too many to write that much about)?