Pay special attention to the gowns that grace the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala, taking place this Monday, as many of them could end up in your closet. Imagine that! Online shopping destination Moda Operandi, home of the runway collection pre-order, will sell ten exclusive looks remade from the daring, often one-of-a-kind styles worn by A-listers the night before. The Moda Operandi website will livestream the red carpet arrivals — giving you the chance to polish up a wish list the night before the big sale.
While it’s common practice for companies to recreate dresses seen at premiere events and sell them for much lower prices, these dresses will be exact replicas, which means a dedication to investment is required. “Events like the Met Gala offer some of the most spectacular fashion moments because they inspire experimentation,” says Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo.Last year, Carey Mulligan’s Met Ball Prada frock—spattered in silver and gold paillettes— raised nearly $3000 at a charity auction.
We anticipate, moody colours, studs, leather and maybe even plaid to complement the night’s punk theme. The gala is in celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s new exhibit, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, which will run from May 9 to August 14. It’s no surprise that this is the theme of the event, says curator Andrew Bolton in an interview with FLARE: “[Punk] remind[s] people of a time when fashion was political—it was challenging our expectations of gender, sexuality [and] even race. I haven’t seen anything like that for many years actually: that brave, heroic stance people had through fashion.” The exhibit features fashion from the ’70s to today by Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo, Versace, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Dior.
With last year’s gala celebrating Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, Prada was the obvious choice for co-chair Mulligan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane Kruger, pictured above. Assistant news editor Emily Ramshaw predicts dresses from designers such as Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris—who made a tribute to punk with fish nets, leather and studs for his Fall 2013 show—as well as Versace and Givenchy. Her fondest hope? Original creations from Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons or Zandra Rhodes.
Last year, Beyoncé—this year’s honourary chair of the event—enrobed herself in a black-and-purple feathered and bejewelled Givenchy gown. Although Queen B may stick to her Mrs. Carter tour costume designer, Pucci, imagine her in Versace, whose Spring 2013 collection featured tough mama black lace and leather. Donatella continued the theme at her Fall 2013 show, including shredded and safety-pinned dresses reminiscent of Elizabeth Hurley’s name-making black Versace from 1994, which has its own Wikipedia page.
Model of the moment Cara Delevingne could sport something short and youthful—perhaps something similar to what she modeled for DSquared2 Spring 2013. The Iron Woman herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, will undoubtedly show off those Tracy Anderson-sculpted legs in S&M-inspired Givenchy. Come back Tuesday morning to see all the photos from the red carpet and to find out who we picked as the 10 Best Dressed.