The Costume Institute Gala 2010 – American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, an overworked red carpet was buckling under the pressure of hosting hundreds of beautiful couture gowns and stick-thin celebrities.

Every name in the fashion industry was there to attend the charity event hosted by Patrick Robinson of The Gap, and co-hosted by the titian-haired (albeit slightly blonder) Anna Wintour and chat-show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Some celebs played it safe whilst others, well it’s almost as if their dresses were their second skin. There was no set colour palette, and there was a dash of pillarbox red with flashes of blue and shimmers of gold.

We’ll start with the white dresses – Diane Kruger wearing a classic Calvin Klein long sleeved and full-length dress with Joshua Jackson as her only accessory. Emma Watson in a custom-made ruffled Burberry dress, she has made quite a name for herself and has been dressed by some of the best designers, most notably Chanel. Taylor Swift still seems to be dressing in gowns that double her age but she looked pretty in Ralph Lauren. Jessica Beal bored me yet again in a sickly shimmery ivory dress and hair that is screaming out for a deep condition, but she’s lucky enough to still have a grip on Justin Timberlake so I salute her for that. And finally Gwen Stefani in her own design from L.A.M.B, it honestly looks fantastic on her, would you believe she is 40?

Next up it’s those women who are proud of what they have and are not the least bit scared in showing it off. Blake Lively, who I believe has legs that do not end, chose a dress by Marchesa, the detailing as always is exquisite and the blue colour just emphasises Blake’s youthful glow. If you are in your twenties sometimes it is just easier to dress that way. Another Gossip Girl in the form of Jessica Szohr, again if I could please steal her smouldering eyes that would be great, she looked smoking hot in a Versace full-length gown. Sienna Miller on the arm of Jude Law again, in Emilio Pucci, the dress looks slightly thrown together but the slash chest and the lovely legs Sienna has makes it work. Kate Hudson looking positively glowing in Stella McCartney, a slash up the thigh of those toned legs and her newly improved chest make the dress come to life. M.I.A under much controversy at the minute for her new music video but this didn’t put a dampener on her night, wearing an Alexander Wang for Gap black jumpsuit with a gold netted dress over the top she stood out amongst the sea of standard gowns.

Here are my stand-out outfits from the night. Camilla Belle in a one-strap red Jason Wu gown, her striking eyebrows and pulled back hair accessorise the dress perfectly. Nicole Richie in Fall 2010 Marc Jacobs, looks really classic I think that her dark hair is so much more sophisticated now than that blonde beach locks she’s so accustomed to wearing. I’m not normally a fan of  Chloe Sevigny but the playful Proenza Schouler dress is something that I could imagine myself wearing to somewhere glamourous but not restricted to the red carpet.

And special mention goes to Tina Fey for not blending into the background and daring to wear a YSL jumpsuit. (Yes I know Alexa and Chanel Iman both wore jumpsuits but Tine Fey is 39!)

Chanel – Michael Kors and Alexa Chung – Phillip Lim.

I think for next year’s MET Ball the head peeps are going to have to think of an ingenious title because I don’t think anything can ever top the 2008 Gala “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” and Anna Wintour in that Chanel Coutoure dress:

Anna Wintour

(All images from


2 thoughts on “The Costume Institute Gala 2010 – American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

  1. Pingback: MET Gala 2013: Punk | The Importance of Being Oreo

  2. Pingback: MET Gala 2013 ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ | The Importance of Being Oreo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s