Let The Bidding Begin: MET Ball Dresses

Just one day after the fabulous MET Costume Institute Gala, all eight of the Gap’s designer gowns went up for auction in the pop-up shop on 54th Street in New York, next to the flagship store. Now you could have a one-off piece from Rodarte, Sophie Theallet, Thakoon or Alexander Wang.

And just in case you needed a reminder of exactly what dresses we’re looking at here and who wore them Monday evening..

Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte

M.I.A. and Zoe Kravitz in Alexander Wang

Riley Keough in Thakoon

Kerry Washington in Thakoon

Vera Farmiga in Sophie Theallet

Jessica Alba in Sophie Theallet

Personally, I’ve got my eyes on the ruffled fantasy that was Thakoon’s dress for Riley Keough. The auction also runs online, though bids are not cumulative and only bids of $500 or higher are accepted. The website provides a nice amount of information on each design including a sketch, image of the celebrity who wore it, sizing details and background information on the designer.

While this is all fine and well, and I applaud the auction idea and placing the dresses behind glass in the pop-up store to both promote and raise funds for the Costume Institute, at the back of the pop-up store there’s a space where the Gap is selling limited edition t-shirts inspired by the MET’s American Woman exhibit.

While the results are very Gap, and Americana and all that jazz, couldn’t they think of SOMETHING a bit more creative and possibly related to the dresses on auction? Aside from a flag here and there, I see no difference from this and Gap’s regular basic tees. I’m not saying the Gap needs red carpet dresses, but COME ON! They’ve done designer collabs before that have looked substantially better than this. I mean just look at what Target has done with the Zac collab. Patrick Robinson, please show us that the Gap can do better than this!

This entry was published on May 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM and is filed under Brands, Designers, Dresses, Exhibits, Red Carpet, Retail. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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