Design Lessons From The 2017 Met Gala Fashions

Did you watch the Met Gala last weekend?  It is one of the most anticipated fashion events of year and always delivers amazing (and not-so-amazing) looks.

If you’re not familiar with the Met Gala, here’s a little about its history…

From 1948 to 1971, the benefit wasn’t pegged as an exhibition, and was held off-site at the Waldorf Astoria or the Rainbow Room. Guests, mostly New York society indulged in fine dining and were entertained by “skits, raffles, and pageants of models in historic costume. In 1972 New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors for the Met Gala when former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland joined as a consultant. Vreeland curated some of the most ambitious and heavily publicized exhibitions and used the gala as an opportunity to inaugurate them. Today the annual invitation-only fundraiser hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour benefits the museum’s Costume Institute, and serves as a launch party for its spring exhibition.

The 2017 exhibition is dedicated to 74-year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, one of fashion’s most revered creative visionaries. The exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night and guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. 

Now that you know a bit about the gala, here’s a look at some of the 2017 fashion statements and what they can teach you about interior design.

2017 Met Gala Fashions

Vogue Editor–Ana Wintour


No. 1– Classic Design Never Goes Out Of Style

Katie Holmes’ dress was one of my favorites of the night and epitomizes classic beauty.  The dress enhanced her body, the train was a focal point and her jewelry added the finishing touch.

Design lesson:  Classic design details, refined shapes and traditional colors will always result in a beautifully decorated room.

2017 Met Gala Fashions

No. 2–More Is Sometimes Too Much

Don’t hate me if you loved Rihanna’s dress but in my eyes it looks like a craft project gone wrong.  The shape of the dress is loss amongst the mass of flowers and combined with the explosion of make-up, this look is a hot mess.

Design lesson:  Once you’ve decorated a room, take a step back and edit, edit, edit!

2017 Met Gala Fashions

No. 3–A Touch Of  Sparkle Is A Good Thing

Even though only 10 people on the face of the earth could wear this dress, it was stunning!  The shape is classic, the lines are simple and the all-over sequins gave the dress an added wow factor.

Design lesson:  Add a touch of sparkle to your decor to brighten the room and give it a glamorous touch.

2017 Met Gala Fashions


No. 4– Define Your Style and Stay True To What You Love

It’s no secret that the Olsen twins love bohemian fashions and they stayed true to their style identity at the gala.

Design lesson:  Once you have your design style nailed down, use that as a guide when decorating. Your home will look and feel like a true reflection of you and your family. 

2017 Met Gala Fashions

No. 5 –Every Room Needs A Pop Of Color

There’s nothing really dramatic about Salma Hayek’s dress except that bold pop of blue the peeks through underneath.  The color gave the dress a wow factor and grabbed your attention.

Design lesson:  Every room in your home needs a pop of color to add energy and drama.  And if you love neutral decor, use black as your pop color.

2017 Met Gala Fashions

Fashion and decor have so much in common and many of the same approaches you take in developing your fashion style can be used when decorating your home.

To learn more about how fashion influences your decor, read my post Fashion Meets Decor.

Did you have a favorite look from the Met Gala?

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  1. Thank you for the history lesson. I’ll be sure to check chbit next time. You won’t get any hate mail here. I agree on Rihanna’s choice.

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