The MET Gala is one of the most anticipated and extravagant events in the fashion world. Every year, the most influential people in entertainment, fashion, and art gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition. This year, the event celebrated the late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.
The gala itself is known for its stunning red carpet looks, elaborate themes, and star-studded guest list. However, as much as the MET Gala is a celebration of fashion, it is also an opportunity for the fashion industry to do more.
Use influence for good
The MET Gala should use its platform to promote charities and give back to communities. The event attracts some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the world, and it’s only fitting that they use their influence to make a difference in the world. While the MET Gala is undoubtedly a lavish affair, there is no reason why it cannot also be a force for good.
For example, this year the event could have supported animal charities or at least donated to one in support of Karl Lagerfeld and his iconic cat Choupette. However, it was just another event showing off crazy styles and decadence.
One way the MET Gala could give back is by promoting charities. The event could partner with a different charity every year and use the gala as a platform to raise awareness and funds for the charity’s cause.
The celebrities attending the event could wear designs created by designers who have pledged to donate a portion of their profits to the chosen charity. In addition, the MET Gala could hold an auction during the event, with all proceeds going to the charity.
The event is known for its high ticket prices, and while the money goes towards the running of the Costume Institute, it would be a fantastic gesture to donate a portion of the proceeds to a worthy cause. The MET Gala could also donate unsold tickets to a charity, giving people who would otherwise never have the opportunity to attend the event a chance to experience it.
More sustainable fashion
The MET Gala could also use its platform to promote sustainable fashion. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, and the MET Gala could use its influence to promote sustainable and ethical fashion.
The event could have a theme centred around sustainability, and designers could create looks using sustainable materials and production methods. The event could also feature talks and panels on sustainable fashion, educating the attendees and the wider public about the importance of making sustainable choices when it comes to fashion.
A celebrate of fashion
In conclusion, while the MET Gala is undoubtedly a celebration of fashion and the arts, it has the potential to be much more. The event could use its platform to promote charities, give back to communities, and promote sustainable fashion.
The fashion industry has the power to make a positive difference in the world, and the MET Gala should be leading the charge. By doing more, the event could become a true force for good and a shining example of what the fashion industry can achieve when it puts its mind to it.
Words by Charlie Vogelsang