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A Night in The Garden of Time at The 2024 Met Gala

By: Diamond Johnson


The 2024 Met Gala was in full bloom on Monday night! This year's showcase, "Sleeping Beauties: Rewakening Fashion," confidently explored the transformative power of technology in revitalizing aged and delicate garments. Attendees elegantly ascended the iconic staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, each adorned in ensembles that paid homage to the gala's thematic decree, "The Garden of Time."

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The red carpet was a vibrant tapestry, seamlessly blending the past with the present through floral motifs and futuristic designs. The dress code took inspiration from J.G. Ballard's short story "The Garden of Time." J.G. Ballard's tale is about a desperate count who uses a single rose to manipulate time and evade a vengeful mob. The exhibition's celebration of antiquity and innovation, combined with the dystopian elements in Ballard's story, resulted in a spectrum of styles, including nods to the slumbering princess herself, Sleeping Beauty.

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The evening saw some remarkable and experimental fashion moments that shone brightly, proving that floral patterns weren't the only way to achieve the best-dressed look. Lana Del Rey, for instance, mesmerized onlookers in a veiled dress, while Tyla stunned everyone with her incredibly fitted Balmain gown, which looked like it was melding with her skin, transforming her into a living sand sculpture.

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As the floral trend took center stage, celebrities blossomed into high-fashion bouquets in unique and inspiring ways. Teyana Taylor's vibrant red dress, adorned with a myriad of flowers, exuded confidence and fearlessness, while Madelyn Cline's stunning white floor-length dress, decorated with beautiful white roses, showcased elegance and grace.

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The Met Gala saw the arrival of some of the biggest names in the industry, including Zendaya, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez, and Bad Bunny, who served as co-chairs alongside the iconic Anna Wintour. Honorary chairs were none other than Shou Chew, CEO of TikTok, and Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe.


Zendaya made quite a statement at the event with not one but two stunning looks, both designed by the legendary John Galliano at different points in his illustrious career. Another standout was Mindy Kaling, who donned an avant-garde sand-colored Gaurav Gupta couture featuring towering swirls at the back of her head that flowed downwards to the carpet.

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Distinguished men renowned for their skills in sports, music, entertainment, and more presented themselves in perfectly tailored suits, dramatic capes, and bold beauty looks. Vogue noted that the event's theme allowed for many interpretations, including melancholic florals, Count Axel's black velvet and silk cravat, time and timepieces, and nature in fashion.

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As the curtains closed on the 2024 Met Gala, the fashion world was left spellbound by an evening transcending mere glamour—a night of sartorial storytelling and artistic expression. The theme inspired a breathtaking array of creations, from ethereal florals to avant-garde interpretations of the passage of time. Each outfit was a brushstroke on the canvas of fashion, blending creativity and style in a way that will be remembered for years to come.

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