The 2018 Met Gala was filled with some of the most spell bounding and exciting looks the annual event has ever seen. The years theme of 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination', inspired intricately beaded papal gowns on Rihanna, a Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgement' dress worn by Ariana Grande and Katy Perry carrying massive, feathered angel wings. At this event God was definitely a woman because standing beside these female celebrities wearing divine, artistic creations, were their male contemporaries wearing their usual two piece suits. Andrew Garfield, Idris Elba, Justin Theroux and many others clearly had not read the invitation before turning up to the event. Even Edward Enninful, Editor in Chief of British Vogue, who's boss, Anna Wintour, runs the event, showed no signs of the theme. That's not to say all male celebrities ignored the theme. Donald Glover's two piece suit had a gold hand beaded illuminati triangle on the back. Darren Criss' blazer was embroidered with the images of medieval stained glass windows, and Jared Leto rocked a vicar's stole with his suit. While Jaden Smith was one of few to not wear a suit, just like his tweets, his outfit seemed confused and did not represent the theme at all. Some of the male celebrities at the event did make an effort but there just wasn't the wow factor that an event like the met gala called for.
However the Met Gala was not an exception. Male celebrities attire at public events has had much discussion at recent events. Just last week Ed Sheeran was called out for wearing jeans and a t-shirt on stage with an elegantly dressed Beyonce. In a now viral tweet, @shonfaye argues 'Ed Sheeran is a 27 year old man the fact we’ve enabled him to feel it’s ok to dress like this at all, let alone next to Beyoncé really boils my piss'. Perhaps Ed is not the best example of males not caring about their appearance since his brand image is the scruffy, boy next door while Beyoncé's brand is 'flawless' power woman. However, the tweet speaks to the way in which society expects far less of our male celebrities than our female ones. But why should it? When Ed Sheeran is performing on stage we might expect to see the scruff but at a red carpet event we expect to see the glamour and splendour. At the Met Gala we expect to see art.
Some male celebrities have been stepping the game up this year and it has been so exciting to see. The Queer Eye guys, along side their quick rise to fame, have been taking the red carpets by storm wearing high heels and suits which are glamorous yet different. Meanwhile, Ezra Miller has been turning up to the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindleward red carpets in the most insane looks which has brought him not only a respect amongst fans and the fashion community, but also great promotion.
Hopefully as time goes on more celebrities will take a page out of the Queer Eye guys and Ezra Millers book. Fashion will stop being treated like the realm of effeminate people. Hopefully men will use their bodies and their clothes to send out messages and step out at public events in wearable art. The 2019 Met Gala is the perfect opportunity for male celebrities to get their redemption. The theme for the year will be 'Camp: Notes on Fashion', inspired by the work of Susan Sontag, and will be chaired by the queen of Camp, Lady Gaga. The theme screams out for big, extrovert displays in clothing, for androgyny and gender bending. It's the perfect opportunity for male celebrities to present the wow factor and dress in ways out of their comfort zones. Hopefully it will be the start of a new era of men's red carpet looks.