The most anticipated fashion event of the year took place this week and all the Hollywood heavyweights came out to play in their “wearable-art”. Each May, the annual fundraising event celebrates the opening of the spring exhibition. This years theme for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition and gala was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art Of The In-Between. As the exhibition prepares to open this May lets look at why Rihanna is the best dressed.
At first glance it looks like a pile of red mess and popping panels, patterned fabric on a structured, architectural silhouette, when in actuality underneath all that was “some booty shorts and a few snaps to buckle,” Rihanna told Vogues’ Andre Leon-Talley. Then you start to think about how Comme des Garcons has presented itself over the decades, it comes as no surprise that this is what Rihanna would wear. At the same time, makes you glad she didn’t come with an exaggerated train because a that’s not the only thing that makes a fashion statement.
Over and above, what makes Rihanna best dressed is because she always manages to keep to the theme, unlike most stars that we saw on the red carpet this year.
An important piece of information to remember about the MET is that it honours cultural and time defying pieces from all over the world. As most fashion from other cultures is recognized as outrageous by the layman eye; The MET is the perfect place to pull out your “outrageous” costumes.
Thanks to Tracee Ellis Ross, Claire Danes and Jordan Dunn for putting their best wearable art forward.
Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese, Tokyo born fashion designer. Another way you could figure this piece of information is through Rihanna’s make up that loosely reminds one of the Japanese geisha, with that blush on her cheek bones that went all the way to her temples.
Theirs is usually subtle, but because its the eve of costumes, Rihannas’ was unmissable.
Since the devil is in the details, you’re also one of the people who are ready to find out later that “this makeup is made of rubies crushed to a fine dust infused with pinot noir and silver dust or something like that.”
It took a good look at Comme des Garçons to be confident enough to consider this one of the Best Dress for the night. Don’t forget it didn’t take two years to make like the 2015, show stopper Guo Pei gown she draped on the red carpet and caused a media hernia. | Fashion report by Lwazi Hadebe.