Antique Victorian crystal Poison bottle, 1890
Met Gala 2022
So Met Gala was in the middle of the night for me (started around 2 am my time), which is why I'm giving my thought on the outfits now. I'm not interested in celebrity fashion and not very interested in contemporary fashion in general, but since it was Gilded Glamour themed, I was curious to see what they came up with. Gilded Age or the Late Victorian Era, 1870-1900, but in US, is one of my favorite fashion periods.
I'll be judging how well they adapted the theme, how interesting take they have on it and how pretty it looks like in my opinion. As expected it was overall pretty disappointing. So so many are way of theme, some just clearly skipped it entirely.
I'll do highlights, there's too many to comment everything individually. I'll start with my favorites, but in no particular order and it'll be just downhill from there.
This outfit is so goddamn stunning. Firstly undergarment look is always excellent choice. Then the silhouette is impeccable 1880s second bustle era silhouette. I love that it's in soft colors, reminding of mostly white undergarments. The hair is also perfect, clearly 1880s inspired, but a little more punk-like, which is a great touch. Necklace also is perfect and references the highly fashionable black silk chokers of the time. It's also a very nice and sharp contrast to the dress.
I absolutely adore the dressing gown. It's very clearly referencing tea gowns that became by the 1890s very fashionable and more casual reception dresses. The burgundy red velvet is gorgeous and I adore the long sleeves. Unfortunately the jumpsuit under it is just ugly. It's fine when she has the dressing gown, but damn it looks terrible alone. I actually kinda like how it's texture contrasts with the velvet.
This is one proper 1890s inspired gown. The silhouette is basically perfect. The fabric is gorgeous. Thick silk satin gives the dress enough body and substance. I love the contrasting soft pink and harsh black. The cape thing with the dramatic trail really tops it. I actually like the weirdly applied feathers. I think they make it fun. My complaint is that feathers weren't a fashion item at the time. I also love her makeup, it fits perfectly with the outfit, but the hair is fairly disappointing.
Quannah Chasinghorse is serving the looks yet again! She is absolutely gorgeous. The light turquoise really fits her. In an interview she told, she designed her jewelry with Native jewelry makers, who made them from traditional natural materials. I saw some people say she wasn't on theme and other's she shouldn't be expected to be on theme, when it's colonizer fashion glamour, and I agree with the latter point. I do think she was on theme though. I think her necklace references in shape the elaborate late Victorian chockers royalty would use and her dress references tea gowns, especially the Aesthetic kind. Tea gowns emerged from Aesthetic dress, a counter culture Victorian fashion, and became mainstream in 1890s. But Aesthetic movement, while some of it's styles were popularized in mainstream, was still going strong in 1890s. Their dresses were often flowy and rejected the highly structured and fitted silhouette.
I adore this cloak!! The embroidery is gorgeous, it's big, dramatic and the SLEEVES! The sleeves have drama! It's just perfect. It's heavy enough so it moves and drapes beautifully. Exactly this type of nature themed embroidery is very popular in 1890s gowns. I'm a little unsure of the dress though. I like that it's structure, but it has a bit more Baroque style than Victorian. Also the cut in the middle makes it look a little weird to me. Her necklace and styling are on point though. I like her open natural hair with the dressing gown type cloak and I like the detail of the shaped hair on top, even if it's very 1910s and very much out of Gilded Age.
Since the image limit is what it is, I'll continue with more of my faves in a reblog. The full post is here.
The extravagant “Moon Bed”.
Made in 1876 as a gift to the West, the bed is a stunning example of Chinese carving, decorative illustration, and joinery. No fasteners or glue were used in its original construction.
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