Two of my favourite art forms – food and fashion
The wonderful thing about art is the sheer number of forms it can take. From food to photography, film, poetry or dance, there’s no shortage of ways we can express our wildest creative desires, and few mediums are as expressive as the weird and wonderful world of fashion. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll probably know that one of fashion’s biggest nights happened this Monday at the 2022 Met Gala, where Hollywood’s biggest names descended on New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art front steps in their finest designer looks.
This year’s dress code for the event was “Gilded Glamour” as part of the theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. The result was an eclectic mix of fashion hits and misses, some that will be remembered as classics for years to come, and others immediately inspiring memes across the internet.
Some were so eye-catching in their colours, cuts and craft I couldn’t help but be reminded of some dishes I’ve prepared in the kitchen so, without further ado, here are some of my top Met Gala looks and the food they bring to mind…
This beautiful, ornate Versace column gown not only nailed the Gilded Age theme of the evening, the beautiful craftsmanship it required reminds me of the nimble finger work one of my recipes requires –the delicate doily on my hertzoggie meringue! Plus, the colour is quite similar too. Luckily for us, the dish isn’t as hard to make since this dress required roughly a kilometer of golden metal chains, 300 hours of embroidery, and the hands of 20 different people.
Megan Thee Stallion
The musician’s lovely sequin Moschino gown has striking mesh cutouts and a thigh-high split but it was the lively gold colour that really caught my eye and reminded me of a similar shade of gold in my meringue and caramel molotov dessert.
This look certainly divided the internet and I can’t say it was really on theme for the evening, but this bridal-inspired look was designed by Off-White’s founder, the recently departed Virgil Abloh, and it certainly is memorable…
Something about those elaborate layers of white tulle had me thinking that I could tuck into a meringue, like this delicious lemon meringue cloud.
Sims’ gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown with corset style bodice in this elegant shade of pink had me thinking about the Himalayan salt Slab I’ve been incorporating in the kitchen recently, and unlike this beautiful but impractical dress, the salt slab can be used for a whole host of purposes, check them out here.
This beautiful gown by Prabal Gurung stands out thanks to its delicate floral embellishments but I’m most drawn to its stunning lavender shade which reminds me of my home-made take on a local childhood classic, zoo biscuits! If you’re feeling particularly inspired you can even garnish them with delicate, edible flowers.
Not only is this beautiful upcycled silk-faille gown by Prabal Gurung incredibly chic, it was one of few that went the green route for the evening. Another green favourite? My pea and ham soup with goats cheese mousse.