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  • Nancy Anne Vincent

The Met Gala through the Years

One of my favorite times of the year is when the theme for the upcoming Met Gala is announced. This years theme is Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. For those of you who may not be familiar with Karl Lagerfeld, he is the creative mastermind behind the French fashion house, Chanel. Lagerfeld was also helped as a creative director of Fendi. I have studied his work for some time and have enjoyed watching his creativity grow, up until his passing in 2019. On May 1, 2023 you can expect to find me glued to my computer watching the Met Gala livestream through Vogue.

Since May will be here before we know it, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what the Met Gala has looked like through the years, along with the fun themes that strike peoples attention year after year.

1983: Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design

1984: Man and the Horse

1985: Costumes of Royal India

1986: Dance

1987: In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute

1988: From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress 1837-1877

1989: The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire: 1789-1815

1990: Théâtre de la Mode – Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture

1992: Fashion and History: A Dialogue

1993: Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style

1994: Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress

1996: Christian Dior

1997: Gianni Versace

1998: Cubism and Fashion

1999: Rock Style

2001: Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years

2005: The House of Chanel

2006: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

2010: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture

2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

2018: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

2019: Camp: Notes on Fashion

2021: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

2022: In America: An Anthology of Fashion



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