The annual Costume Institute Gala or simply Met Ball is one of fashion’s most exclusive events, where invites are as elusive as the blue moon. For the first time however, the doors to this sophisticated soiree will open from 6:30 to 8:30PM on May 7 as it will be streamed live on the websites of Amazon, Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This collaborative feat, which is perhaps a nod to the undeniable ties between fashion and social media, will feature the exciting red carpet arrivals, pre-taped segments and this year’s exhibition. Interviews with current gala co-chairs Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada and Anna Wintour, as well as other celebrities and personalities will be broadcasted. Vogue’s William Norwich and model Elettra Wiedemann were tapped to host the event, who will also serve as the gala’s posh social media correspondents as they ask attending celebrities five questions chosen from a pool of submissions on Twitter (#MetQuestions) during the live stream.
This year’s show, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, will revolve around two Italian designers from different fashion eras—Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. Schiaparelli, who wowed the fashion world since the late 1920s, is known for her signature fashion surrealism. Prada, on the other hand, looks to postmodernism for inspiration.
About 90 designs and 30 accessories from Schiaparelli and Prada will be exhibited in seven galleries: Waist Up/Waist Down, Ugly Chic, Hard Chic, Naif Chic, The Classical Body, The Exotic Body and The Surreal Body. The Met Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition will be held on May 7.
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