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July 29 2014

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White Tie Not Optional: This Year’s Met Ball Dress Code

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Designer Charles James pinning a suit on model (possibly Ricki VForget sneakers, normcore, and everything else you thought you knew about the spring season. For this year’s annual Costume Institute Gala, which celebrates the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit Charles James: Beyond Fashion, the dress code is as formal as it gets. WWD reports that invitations request “White Tie and Decorations,” meaning gentlemen should be decked out in a black tailcoat, a waistcoat, a wing collar shirt, and a white bow tie. It will be interesting to see how the fashion set interprets this, especially after last year’s polar-opposite punk theme for Chaos to Couture. Top hats will replace Sarah Jessica Parker’s infamous Philip Treacy mohawk, and instead of safety pins and studs, lapels will be dotted with stars, badges, and other fancy add-ons. The gala will take place on May 5. Be sure to check back for all of our red-carpet coverage.

Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Cecil Beaton

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