Met Gala NYC (May 5, 2014) - "White Tie And Decoration" Theme

The year's most hotly anticipated social event requires attendees to adhere to a rather unusual wardrobe requirement; white tie and decoration. 

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Revelers at this year's Met Gala will have to navigate a rather ambiguous dress code. The theme was inspired by British-born, post-war couturier Charles James. The wardrobe requirements is every bit as luxurious as themes from the past. 

Paying tribute to legendary couturier Charles James, we can expect gents to be decked out in full evening regalia and ladies to be dressed in full princess evening gowns.  

Paying tribute to legendary couturier Charles James, we can expect gents to be decked out in full evening regalia and ladies to be dressed in full princess evening gowns.  

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, White Tie signifies 'a white bow tie worn by men as part of full evening dress'. Full evening regalia, would see A-List gents in a "black tailcoat, waistcoat, and wing collar shirt" as well as the aforementioned pale dicky bow.

A-List ladies will have to negotiate the all-encompassing Decoration code. Expect to see a healthy dose of Corsages and sashes. With the Met Ball essentially the unofficial 'fashion oscars' we expect fashion designers to pull out all the stops to deck out their muses in bespoke, breathtaking creations. Some will shine, while we are sure there will more than a few over-embellished prom dresses hitting the famous steps of the Metropolitan Museum. 

Let the battle of Hollywood princesses in full-on princess gowns begin!

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