Just a few days ago, possibly the most popular event debuted all over media outlets. From the news, to social media, the annually held MET Gala was something unavoidable by all. The NY Times shared that this gigantic event as “the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department).
On that Monday, my Instagram was flooded with celebrities arriving to the red carpet in their interpretation of taking on this year’s theme: “Heavenly Bodies”. When I got home from work, my TV was automatically on the channel that live streams the celebrities as they arrive in their gowns. Upon watching who was getting the most spot lights in interviews and who was being most posted about, it was no surprise that females were seem far more than males. For the first time, you weren’t hearing white male names being mentioned, instead, they were shifting their positions to females. For myself, I couldn’t wait to see what my favorite celebrities like Blake Lively and Rihanna would be showing up in and who they would be wearing. Even the reporters I was watching the night of on E! News quickly mentioned but then dismissed what Tom Brady was wearing when he walked in with his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen arrived to the event.
It’s funny to me that at the MET Gala, the men that come with their dates seem almost as an accessory that is asked to step back while photos are being taken of the woman and the dress she’s wearing. Some might argue that although this extravagant fashion event is modifying the gender hierarchy, these women are still being watching in the male gaze. However, the industry such as the fashion one is really pushing limits in reordering the superiority of the rich, white, male norm. See this video for a recap of the looks from this year’s MET Gala and notice the mentions of women vs men.