The Met Gala

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

On Monday evening, I had the goosebump Silver Lined experience of attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala (a/k/a the Met Gala) in New York. The Met Gala is an annual event that launches the Costume Institute spring exhibition. The Costume Institute is a very special place that “houses a collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories, representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.”

The Met Gala, or Met Ball as it is also called, has a theme that goes with the exhibition, and antendees usually incorporate the theme with their outfits. The event raises money for the Met’s Costume InstituteEach year the Gala celebrates a new exhibit. This year’s exhibition is PUNK: Chaos to Couture. With over 100 pieces, this exhibit examines “punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today.”

It was an incredible event. My oh my (on my!) were there some outfits to behold. I had my iPhone with me and couldn’t help but snap a few shots…as did every other guest there!

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

Yes, these steps were as intimidating as they look. Thank heavens I was wearing flats (yes, flats!) under my long dress which meant that I was comfy and didn’t fall (double Silver Lining). I’m a practical Midwestern girl at heart.

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

Here I am, giddy as can be! Heaven knows I filled my lifetime quota of punk in the 80’s and 90’s, so I dressed more traditionally.

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

This chandelier was made specifically for the event. Get this: it is made out of plastic razor blades. Unbelievable!

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

Cocktails were held here. In about 15 minutes, this room would be packed.

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The dining room. It was pure magic!
The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

The table decor was simple and elegant, a bit anti-punk if you ask me!

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

Elizabeth Hurley’s ubiquitous Versace “safety pin dress” from 1994 is on the left.

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

 Another look from the exhibition.

The Met Gala, Punk Chaos to Couture,

Debbie (or is it Deborah?) Harry was the surprise performer. Oh my goodness gracious, does she ever ROCK. Seriously. It was such a blast!

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After the event, the HOTY and I went to the Mark Hotel for a little late-night snack and look (!) my dress matches the floor!

The exhibit is running now through August 14th. I highly recommend seeing it if you get to be in New York!

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  1. Kim C says

    Wow! How exciting Hollye! Your photos are great! You look absolutely gorgeous and those roses!!!!! I'm so glad you had an amazing time! Happy Mother's Day! The mother's you posted are some of my favourites too. Gwyneth Paltrow is one as well. I bought her newest cookbook on your recommendation and it's such a pleasure to read and cook her recipes.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Kim. I'm thrilled that you are enjoying Gwyneth's recipes. I've actually had the opportunity to meet her a couple of times and I have to say that she is so very, very kind. Have a wonderful weekend!

      • Kim C says

        So nice to hear that about Gwyneth Paltrow. Yes, Mother's Day will be lovely. I just enjoyed two weeks in Maui with my daughters and hope they aren't too tired of me by now! 🙂

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing your snapshots of the Met Gala; it was almost like being there. The punk costumes and decor were wild! You looked smashing in your haute couture "frock".