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Perhaps more shocking than Beyonce’s sans-underwear crystal Givenchy dress at the Oscars of fashion was the strong presence of previously scorned designers.
Arguably among the most chic of the night, Amal Clooney made her first Met Ball appearance in a stunning red multi-tiered gown designed by John Galliano for Maison Margiela. Galliano went viral in 2011 when he made anti-Semitic comments (including “I love Hitler) in a drunken stupor at a café in the Marais, for which he was immediately suspended and then fired from Dior. For two years, he went sight unseen until he apologized for his tirade in 2013 after entering an Arizona rehab facility.
The former Dior creative director appears to be back on the map after dressing Cate Blanchett for the 2015 Academy Awards and being appointed Maison Margiela creative director in late 2014. As part of his rehabilitation, Galliano was coached by Rabbi Barry Marcus of London’s Central Synagogue on Judaism and found his creative footing without alcohol.
Galliano wasn’t the only one seemingly forgiven at the Met Ball, as Dolce & Gabbana looks designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana commanded a huge presence on the Met steps. In March, the designers controversially expressed their opposition to gay and non-traditional families, saying there is a difference between children who are born to a mother and a father (the product of “an act of love”) and the children born to a gay couple (“children of chemistry, synthetic children. [Products of] uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”). The hashtag #boycottdolcegabbana instantly began trending on Twitter and stars such as Elton John (who has two children with husband David Furnish) shared their outrage (“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.”… Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions”).
Despite the backlash, Dolce & Gabbana’s designs appeared on 13 gala attendees, most notably on headdress-wearing model Karen Elson, Brie Larson, True Detective season one helmer Cary Fukunaga, Michael B. Jordan, Adrien Brody and Spike Lee.
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