It’s not just fashion the fashion that makes the Met Gala special but it’s dramatic decor.
This year the Gala’s event designer, Raul Avila’s inspiration for the spectacular decor was heaven scent.
The crowning jewel of the decor is always a floriated centrepiece which also serves as the museum’s information booth. This year, the flower structure was inspired by a jeweled crown, technically a tiara, that once belonged to Pope Pius IX.
As seen in Vogue, Avila explains his inspiration: “the tiara is the most striking component of the Pope’s ensemble. I wanted to depict a religious garment, given the theme of the exhibition.”
The centrepiece is made up of 80,000 roses colour-matched to the Pope’s gilt metal headpiece. The grand staircase is aglow bathed in candlelight (LED) of 70 candlesticks and 70 three-armed candelabras which shine softly as the lucky guests climb the stairs to the main gala area.
The dinner decor was inspired by 19th-century monastery style with wooden tables left bare of linen. In an ode to the still-life works of Baroque painter Caravaggio, Àvila made the surfaces overflow with deeply-hued flowers and fruit like grapes and pears, all placed on a burgundy runner with gold tassels. Read more on the decor at Vogue.
(Image credit: All images from Vogue)