Met Ball 1: Carey Mulligan In Prada

“Schiaparelli was thirty-seven and Prada was thirty-nine when they delivered their first collections. But experience of the real world, which was a man’s world for both of them, made them intolerant of female passivity and desperation. They don’t really care what makes a woman desirable to men. Their work asks you to consider what makes a woman desirable to herself.”

Judith Thurman, “Radical Chic,” The New Yorker, March 26, 2012

Each year the Costume Institute Gala, celebrating the opening of the annual fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, sparks a firestorm of some of the most inspired red carpet fashion moments from the world’s most famous purveyors and consumers of chic.

This year’s Met fashion exhibit, Schiaparelli and Prada: Imaginary Conversations, explores an imagined dialogue between Elsa Schiaparelli, whose surrealist designs broke fashion conventions of the early/mid 20th century, and Miuccia Prada, whose contemporary work continually serves to perplex and invigorate the intellect of the fashion world.

With these unconventional female designers serving as the inspiration for the evening, some Met Ball attendees chose to make use of the boundary-pushing themes at play, while others chose to adhere to more conventional forms of beauty.

In our next few posts, we will share a few of our favorites of the evening, starting with the adorable and talented actress Carey Mulligan, ensconced in Prada metallic scales – or, as Bullett Magazine deemed it – “the best interpretation of [children’s book] Rainbow Fish.”

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Carey Mulligan in Prada

Mulligan’s look perfectly reflects the Prada sensibility – eyecatching, a little bit futuristic, a little bit bizarre, a tad untouchable – and she pulled it off with aplomb, her sweet and lively smile offsetting the bright reflectiveness of the dress.

Mulligan led a bevy of metallic-clad ladies that included Leighton Meester in Marchesa, Jessica Alba in Michael Kors, Karolina Kurkova in turbaned head-to-toe Rachel Zoe, Lana Del Rey in caped Altuzarra, Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana, and Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan.

 

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