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Met Gala Postponed? You’re Invited to a Virtual Ball!

By JOHN LEGASPI

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Clint Spaulding/REX/Shutterstock (10227716i) Lady Gaga Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Camp: Notes on Fashion, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 06 May 2019

Lady Gaga wearing Brandon Maxwell at Met Gala 2019 (Photo by Clint Spaulding/REX/Shutterstock)

The first Monday of May holds the most-awaited fashion event of the year—the Met Gala. The fundraising gala is where the stars and famous personalities of the industry converge to celebrate the art of dressing up, giving more meaning to the red carpet question, “Who are you wearing?”

The Met Gala, hosted by Vogue Magazine and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, brings the best parade of the finest garments and awe-worthy entrances beyond anyone’s style imagination.

Unfortunately, due the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour broke the news last March that the gala will be postponed indefinitely.

In the spirit of the fashion tradition, a group of young ladies has taken to itself the challenge to create a virtual celebration through High Fashion Twitter (HF Twitter). Everyone’s invited to the group’s online ball!

THE BALL FOR ALL

The team behind HF Twitter is composed of 11 young fashion lovers from all over the globe: social media editor Aria Olson, designer and industrial engineer Alejandra Beltran from Colombia, literature major Chloe Kennedy from Texas and fashion design student Perla Montana from Paris, both of whom are 19 years old, journalism student Margaux Merz, college sophomore Rebeca Spitz, law student Samantha Haran from Australia, pre-med student Senam Attipoe, graphic artist Sofia Abadi from Argentina, and high schoolers 18-year-old Raebele from the Philippines and 15-year-old Jana Dragićević from Serbia.

HF Twitter was created to give an “an online space where fantasy reigns supreme and impracticality does not exist.” It is meant to unite fashion enthusiasts from around the world to show their creative visions online in true Met Gala fashion.

As said in the film Ocean’s 8, the Met Gala is “the most exclusive party invitation in America.” To make it inclusive, the team, through the Twitter account, sent out invites to everyone who wishes to join the online fashion gala. Guests are expected to “arrive” by posting their photographs, stylized layouts, and other content with the hashtag #HFMetGala2020.

In celebration of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary, the HF Twitter Met Gala will follow this year’s theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

THE CATEGORY IS…

Like the balls in the show Pose, there are categories one can choose to participate in at the HF Twitter Met Gala. “Photoset Creation” is where one can post a series of photos of clothes they would wear if they were to attend the gala. In the “Brand Challenge,” participants must create a look fitting to the theme using only items from the brand or fashion house assigned to them. Participants are expected to push the styling expertise by creating an outfit using clothes from their closet in “Wardrobe Styling.” Finally, the “Illustration Expression” calls for the fashion artists to showcase illustrations and sketches of their envisioned looks for the gala, or draw their favorite designer pieces.

THE CAUSE

More than just a style spectacle, the digital fashion festivity will also be a fundraising event, just like the real gala. “We acknowledge that fashion is a form of escapism, and that this is meant to be a lighthearted event, but we cannot ignore our reality,” the team said in a post. “Doctors and nurses are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis, and are doing the best they can to help everyone who needs it. In an attempt to give back and show our support, we have chosen to conduct a fundraiser for healthcare workers.”

HF Twitter will be creating an e-book compiling all the entries received from its online Met Gala. The e-book is priced at $5, and all proceeds will go to The International Medical Corps to support healthcare workers.

From more information, follow @HFMetGala on Twitter, or click this link  for registration and templates. HF Twitter Met Gala will happen on May 4, EST starting at 12:01 a.m.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/05/04/met-gala-postponed-youre-invited-to-a-virtual-ball/)

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