Here began the speculation that the absurdity of the event would soon reach its peak, and the prestige of the event would be in question. However, the Met Gala has always been served with the sauce of fine art. Think of the Untouchables scene where the artist's nosebleed went straight to the canvas and he started asking for a few thousand for it. That's what art is: sometimes obscure and absurd, like Katy Perry's 2019 chandelier costume, but with a backstory of its own, like grandma's plaid mantle at A$AP Rocky's Gala last year, which girl Sarah handed over to an antique store, and was bought back and remade by designer Erl.
For observers, the Met Gala is another celebration on the other side of the screen through which one can follow high fashion and get a glimpse into the coveted world of designers, influencers, and top personalities. Fashion is beauty, and that, in turn, is subjective. In the eyes of some users, Celine Dion cosplayed a dandelion in 2019, rather than showing a couture look. In 2018, the theme of the Gala was related to Catholicism, which raised a wave of condemnation. It was considered blasphemous even though the concept was supported by the Catholic Church and Cardinal Timothy Dolan was at the event itself. And that's... fine.
The task of the Institute is to reflect the growth and changes of the fashion world, which is repeating itself. Yesterday, the combination of socks and sandals was ridiculous, but today it's flashing at Fashion Week. It's also crucial to remember that the Gala is just a show, behind which is a fundraiser for the Institute, and thereby for history. It's the publicity in the form of jokes, analysis, critiques, and reactions to the outfits that makes the Met Gala one of the biggest sources of funding. And what to conceal: sometimes we ourselves don't mind dressing extravagantly for a trip to the grocery store or coming to a quiet family dinner wearing bright garments and makeup. Clothing is an art that helps us to represent ourselves and, in the case of the Met Gala, to introduce themed couture pieces that reflect the image of a whole stratum of people or a country.