People stuck at home are creating and recreating looks from the Met Gala after Vogue postponed the exclusive annual event due to the coronavirus.
Because the Met Gala, known as fashion’s biggest night out, was supposed to take place on Monday, many instead put on their own red carpet from home over the weekend. It’s called the #MetGalaChallenge and the looks are iconic in their own ways.
Ashvin Jalabhay, a 24-year-old who lives in London, transformed himself into Lady Gaga, recreating one of her famous 2019 looks.
Jalabhay told BuzzFeed News the Met Gala is the one televised event he looks forward to every year, so when he saw Vogue and Billy Porter officially call on people to submit their own interpretations, he jumped on it.
“I knew I had to take part and recreate my absolute queen Gaga’s third camp look,” he told BuzzFeed News, adding that he even borrowed his mom’s bra.
Jalabhay said he had rhinestones in the house from an old art project that he then glued onto his sunglasses.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and feel the entire Met Ball fantasy,” he added.
Others who did Gaga went all out and recruited family members — and it’s astonishing.
Vlada Ruggiero is a fashion designer, so this challenge “was right up [her] alley,” she told BuzzFeed News.
She decided to recreate Blake Lively’s 2018 look since she already owned a corset. She then stitched a bed sheet, and it all started coming together.
“I actually immediately knew I could make the headpiece out of spaghetti,” she added, laughing. “I think it came out pretty well.”
Lively herself thought so, too, when she commented on Ruggiero’s interpretation of her on her Instagram. “And your makeup too?!!! Nailed it!” the actor wrote.
Molly Macfarlane, an 18-year-old who also lives in London, decided to go with YouTuber James Charles and “quite literally made it out of trash,” she joked.
“The bandeau and mesh fabric are leftover scraps I had from past cosplay works, the bandana was something from my wardrobe and the trousers — which I’m most proud of — were made of trash bags cut up and pinned together,” she said.
All of the stay-at-home looks are impressive in their own right.
And, arguably more importantly, some said the online challenge helped make something like the Met Gala more accessible and open to all kinds of fashion lovers.
“I miss seeing all the high-end dresses I’ll never afford, but it was really nice feeling like a part of the community and seeing several of my friends join in to make something fun and creative,” 28-year-old Olivia, who impressively turned wrapping paper into Gigi Hadid’s Versace 2018 gown, told BuzzFeed News.
“[The #MetGalaChallenge] is a really inclusive event so it’s not just for the celebrity fashion icons,” Macfarlane added. “Being from London, it’s not like there was any other way I could be at the Met Gala, so this was an awesome opportunity, as well as a chance to see everyone else’s incredibly creative designs.
“More than anything, it gave me something to look forward to doing in these same-y quarantine days.”
Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Chicago.
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