Flashback: The year was 2009 and Justin Timberlake was still riding high on the success of his Future Sex / Love Sounds album. With an inimitable stage presence, the now Britney-less musician pushed his harder funk into rock territory – and into the heart of Anna Wintour who invited Timberlake to co-chair the annual Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan museum a decade ago. Sexy was back.
But if there was one woman who could show up such a megastar, one woman to hijack a headline, it was Kate Moss. And with Marc Jacobs on her arm – the devil-may-care-designer who at the time took risks like sugar pills – their dual zeitgeist was undeniable.
“When you meet someone very exceptional and you form a friendship, you feel their spirit and their energy and they inspire you,” said Jacobs of Moss on the night. “With Kate, I’m not in love with the outside, I’m in love with the whole package.” The pair were also co-chairs for the evening.
The theme was “The Model As Muse” which explored “the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, focusing on iconic fashion models in the latter half of the 20th century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras.”
Moss, resplendent in a backless, gold, Marc Jacobs toga, turban and gold cape was the bell of the ball. Nine years on, amid a new theme – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination – Emily Ratajkoswki arrived at the 2018 Met Gala in a longer version of Kate Moss’ 2009 Marc Jacobs’ gown; backless, gold.
Yes, sexy had done a cartwheel and was back, indeed. And Kim Kardashian, Irina Shayk and Gisele Bundchen were there (also in gold) to enforce it.
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