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“China: Through the Looking Glass,” That was the theme for this years Met Gala. An event hosted by none other than Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. A goddess in the fashion industry. Ms. Wintour has been at the helm of Vogue since 1988 and chair of the Gala since 1995. The Met Gala is a formal annual event that raises thousands to millions of dollars for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute.  Tickets have been said to cost near $25,000 or more. Each year the event takes on a theme that represents that Costume Institutes current main showcase. This year Chinese art through the centuries was the focus. The event is planned months in advance and is considered by some the Oscars for Fashion. it has been compared to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party but less casual. The event has a strict set of rules that all attendants must follow. However a few neglected to follow this year’s no-selfie rule. It is unclear why this rule was put into place.

What is clear is that Kim Kardashian, Lady Ga Ga, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber didn’t seem to care. Aside a few “illegal” selfies from inside the party, the only thing commoners like ourselves know is that the red carpet was an event to die for. Celebrities came dressed by some of Western fashions most notable icons: Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, and Tom Ford to name a few. The shows artistic director was a notable Chinese director named Wong Kar Wai with Nathan Crowley serving as production designer. The two together made for an effortless mixing of the old and (relatively) new. While many tout Beyonce showing up late, Kim K stealing a variation of Beyonce gown from a few years back. All seem to agree that Rihanna stole the show. And I happen to be one of them. As a fan of Korean drama’s and historical’s (a lot of which explore the battle of Korea warring with China for freedom/independence) I can say with a fair level of certainty that RiRi was dressed to conquer a nation and subjugate us all. Aside from Rihanna’s Empress garb, the red carpet sported everything from bedazzled peacocks to patterned china, to flaming fire lords. Check out the photos in the gallery below and see for yourselves.

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