With the cancellation of the sparkling ball because COVID-19, High Fashion Twitter, a very creative community, has decided to run their own event.
Known as High Fashion Twitter, with members coming from all over the world, the group decided to hold their own sparkling event.
High Fashion Twitter asks members to do a series of fashion challenges and share them on the Met Ball eve.
It was the night when we usually see celebrities and the best industries down on the red carpet.
Coupled by the love of the designers, clothes, and the stories that surround them, HF Twitter (better known) uses this platform as a way to connect with people who are similar.
– HF Twit Met Gala (@HFMetGala) May 4, 2020
By expanding their knowledge and supporting each other through their efforts in fashion and so on, these creative and resourceful individuals change the way we see fashion.
Scrolling through the Met Gala account URL on the first Monday in May (last week), was very inspiring to see people from all walks of life gather to celebrate fashion and offer their own unique interpretations of this year’s theme (which, FYI, is About Time: Fashion and Duration).
“That day was amazing, and the whole team was really surprised. In a good way, because it’s all about people’s creativity,“Said Aria Olson, the brain behind the HF Met Gala.
“There is such a wide and varied demographic in the post, and it is very touching to see this excite so many people and raise so many voices,“Olson continued.
Among the submissions is a creative mood board that sees fantasy ensembles gathered. In addition, the legendary fashion appearance was recreated using items found in the participant’s closet, as well as a series of original creations as part of the challenge of the event style.
What is perhaps most interesting about the event is seeing the ‘velvet rope’ piece, as one of the members of the Twitter HF community said.
With fashion that was once an elitist industry, largely inaccessible, through the internet, doors have been opened to a wider audience.
Scrolling through the Twitter HF timeline allows you to see the democratization of fashion in action in real-time.
“A new generation has grown up in a digitalized democratized world,“Olson said.
“The fashion industry must learn to evolve to meet them.“
Listed below are a number of Twitter members of HF who demonstrate the creativity, resources and sewing skills of the Met Gala ‘show’.
Get to know their thoughts about fashion, being a part of the event, and what life is like in their part of the world today.
Rufus Elliot, 18, Melbourne
“I am a fashion student, and High Fashion Twitter was the place I liked when I joined Twitter last year.
I’ve always been a fashion nerd, so I looked for it on whatever platform I followed.
This is a very collaborative field, where an extraordinary group of people share knowledge from within and outside the industry, which makes it a great place to expand the way I look at fashion.
For me, fashion is about emotions and telling stories and trying to communicate about myself or the fictional characters I dream of.
I love fashion for the way it helps me to express my gender as something beyond binary and the freedom I can give to escape – especially in difficult times like this when isolation really leaves me.
For my HF Met Ball look, I want to mix and match vintage pieces with contemporary ones, leaning on personal interests with the past but also looking to the future of dressing.
I chose to wear a red velvet Art School gown, which incidentally reminded me of the famous red carpet phenomenon.
I was thinking about gender issues when I came up with the idea: The School of Art is one of the few brands that radically proposes clothes for people like me who don’t fit in and don’t want to fit into binary boxes and boxes that people want. for us.
I also remember the photos of two now famous AMAB Victorian men who wear full feminine clothes, so I respect their heritage too.
The HF Gala was an extraordinary experience planned by my colleagues and some of my friends who none of us thought would grow this big.
I am already very excited for next year and can only see its cultural reach grow; this is the democratization of fashion at work!“
Dioni Saenz, 31, Las Vegas
“My mother opened myself to fashion at a young age. He usually carefully explained to me the story of what he believed each designer wanted to tell, and the conversation still meant the world to me.
I first got involved with High Fashion Twitter during the 2018 Met Gala.
For years I stood on wings admiring everyone’s work, but that was the year I ran to a shop at midnight after the event (yes, Vegas has a shop that remains open after 12 am) to buy supplies and immediately start making decorations head: there is something about the theme of the Celestial Body that makes me want to make.
I love being part of an inspiring and supportive community.
The inspiration behind my Met Ball appearance came from behind-the-scenes shots of Marie Coinola’s Marie Antoinette, when Kirsten Dunst was seen wearing a full suit, holding an Apple computer.
It always sticks in my head. I have been planning an appearance since December, so I was very happy when I saw the Moschino AW20 foundation event and the Savage x Fenty campaign that Marie recently inspired.“
Wungmi Shaiza, 19, New Delhi
“I am currently studying to get a bachelor’s degree in history, and have followed high fashion Twitter since October 2019. I actually found them when I was looking for photos from the 1995 Mugler collection and immediately hit by their posts.
What I like about this community is that this community is very accepting and inclusive, and more personal, for people like me who don’t learn fashion, it’s a great platform to learn more about it and engage with young creative candidates who have a passion same do.
Fashion, for me, is an art that can be used. That’s a political statement. This is a medium of expression of your mind and creativity.
The disadvantages include Eurocentric elitism, safeguards, and lack of effort for sustainability.
When it came to my appearance, I took inspiration from the 60s Givenchy, old Hollywood, and fatal queer.
When I think of the 60s, I think of Audrey Hepburn, Jean Shrimpton, Mary Quant, and many more.
That was also in the 60s when the Stonewall riots broke out, which paved the way for strange deliverance, which is why I wanted to channel an androgynous look but it was still glamorous.
The blazer is from Massimo Dutti, the dress is from Calvin Klein, and the dress and scarf are both vintages: everything I wear is already in my closet because sustainability is the key!“
Martina Derlacz, 16, Poland
“When I first joined Twitter, my account was about recovering from an eating disorder, but I didn’t want this to define me.
Immediately, I started turning it into an HF account, which is one of a million communities.
It’s really different from Instagram where everyone competes with each other, and it’s very appearance based. It amazes me that every time I log in to my account, I learn something new about fashion.
The knowledge, motivation, and the amount of creativity you get from it is truly amazing.
The main reason I fell into fashion is because of the way clothes can make you feel.
I am amazed that wearing a piece of cloth can make you feel very confident, strong, and in control.
But what makes me angry about this industry is sustainability.
I don’t know what I want to do in fashion, but whatever it is, I want to make a difference in relation to the environment: that’s why my entire Met Gala HF is based on savings.
You not only save a lot of money, but you also give a new life to clothes that can help reduce consumerism.
Every successful person starts somewhere, so this is my start!
My involvement in the HF Met Gala happened very spontaneously: I was supposed to study for a math test, but suddenly the teacher changed the date, so I had free time.
The dress was from a thrift store, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to re-create this appearance from Voss (Alexander McQueen SS01 show), which I thought had everything: extraordinary clothes, history, and emotions.
The event itself is not real. I was overwhelmed with the love that people gave me in response to my appearance! That day was very inspiring and creative.
It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you look: all that really matters is our love of fashion.
I am very grateful and proud of the 11 girls who made this happen.“
Dejan Denic, 24 years old, Kosovo
“I grew up in Switzerland in a family that was quite conservative and religious, and in response to that restraint, I developed a way of expressing myself through drawing and fashion.
I love how diverse the clothes are, from the designer and the clothes themselves, to the models and bodies on the runway, and how we can convey the message through clothing and the way we present it: we can use it to hide and express ourselves.
On the other hand, I don’t like the overproduction and excessive consumption of industry and how it impacts the earth and nature.
We need to find alternatives to creating clothes that have no impact on the planet – I think the future of fashion is digital.
The appearance of the Met My Gala HF is a fictitious creature that originated from an apocalyptic future where fashion and technology dominate.
I have a vision of a society where artificial intelligence will overtake human intelligence.
I was in sewing school and wanted to enroll in fashion school finally, so the satin dress I was wearing was handmade in my room when I was locked up.“
Jimelle Levon, 22, Ohio
“I started sewing at the age of 14 as a freshman in middle school, and now I am a self-taught fashion designer.
It is very important for me to try to be part of the high-class fashion community because I believe in diversity and inclusion.
I want to see more representations that are similar to me, especially – a young black designer.
I love the creative aspects of my career and the ability to feel, and I like to have images in my mind, translate them to paper, then to mannequins, and immediately become an inspiration in real life.
My HF Met Gala’s appearance was inspired by a theme with a twist: the focus point was a black ‘Southern Belle’ which was placed in a quiet setting in a dress that showed class and royalty.
I want a classic feel in the construction of this work, dating from the 1800s, bringing a modern twist through the lower neckline and pearl-decorated facial masks that reflect what we experience today with COVID-19.
Pacing on my black model (Jalisa Howard) was intentional – usually, black women would pull their hair in a tight bun as deemed appropriate in the revival era.
That’s funny because having ‘the right hair’ is something that can be associated with black girls today.
If you Google ‘Southern Belle’, you will immediately see that I changed the whole concept and idea of what that means.
I made it black and strong with a classic touch.
My best Met Gala red carpet moment was the yellow Guo Pei dress that the internet named ‘omelette’ worn by Rihanna in 2015 – it changed my life.
It was the first time I saw a piece of capacity on an incredible runway. That was the year that I started from creating
streetwear to dresses. That’s very inspiring.“
Emily Cummings, 23, Cape Cod
“I currently live in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where I studied Russian before I began to become a master in Egyptology.
I was involved with HF Twitter almost three years ago. I have a very small account which is good because it acts as my personal space to express my interest in fashion and art without criticism from my colleagues in my personal life.
Being part of such a tightly knit community is great because you have experience and perspectives from all corners of the earth.
My Met Gala display was designed, embroidered and self-built. It was an attempt to re-create the ideas of Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali.
I have two hands holding my ‘eye’, allowing the accessory to hang from my hand and move as clockwise as possible.
The eye itself is made similar to accessories on the SS20 show by Maison Schiaparelli.“
Juliana Machado, 20, Rio De Janeiro
“I learn a lot from High Fashion Twitter every day – we have aspiring writers, designers, stylists, models and those who see it as a hobby among us, with people who join from all over the world.
Different backgrounds provide fantastic opinions and perspectives: we discuss ethics, sustainability, politics and gossip around the fashion industry, we seek advice and support one another, and we also debate a lot (no perfect family!).
It’s nice to see one of your Tweets about an internship they got at a big fashion house, a work they wrote for publication or even the cute clothes they wore that morning.
I have a kind of love / hate relationship with fashion itself because while I am passionate about it, I know there are so many things wrong with the industry as a whole.
Depending on your background (mostly financial), fashion can be a dream or nightmare.
I can’t stand gates, elitism, excess collection, cultural appropriation and all the other things that are so repetitive in the industry.
But I really love and appreciate all those people who work actively to change those things.
I will not participate in the HF Met Gala, but some friends encourage me at the last minute when I dry my hair in the turban.
I decided to play with a few scarves, and then I took a selfie from my profile and like … “That reminds me of something!” I decided I wanted something like “Girl with Pearl Earrings”, arranged by Jacquemus.
The blazer I bought in 2016, the pants were ‘thrifty’ in 2015, and the scarf my mother bought for me at a street exhibition in Curitiba some time ago.
On HF Twitter, we always talk about making fashion more accessible and cutting velvet straps. Long before the Met Ball was actually canceled due to a pandemic. The show itself was very fun.
I see so many amazing concepts, performances, illustrations … so many people get the recognition they deserve.
The most iconic Met Gala moment, for me, is Diana Ross’s furry dress from 1981.
But Rihanna wearing Guo Pei in 2015 was very memorable for me because it was the first time I had really watched the red carpet of the event.
If I go to the IRL ball, I would love to use Schiaparelli by Daniel Roseberry, Guo Pei, or Iris Van Herpen, but that will depend on the theme of course!“
Chalukya Samarawickrama, 23, London
“I love being part of the HF Twitter community. I have learned a lot about this industry through everyone I have participated in and also learned to appreciate many other aspects of art and design that I did not think of before: from chairs and mushrooms to brutal architecture.
I am currently studying at the London College of Fashion for a BA in men’s clothing design and believe that, like it or not, fashion is a very important industry.
I like how endless the possibilities are when it comes to design, but don’t like that racism is still a huge problem in terms of casting models, as well as cultural appropriation.
I also hate the fact that fashion is one of the most polluting industries behind oil and the lack of environmental care and ethics in paying factory workers’ wages shows how selfish people are in the industry.
I want to campaign for change, and by using Twitter, hopefully we can make it happen. The more people behind him, the faster it will be done.
For my Met Gala HF display, because the theme is about time, I want to re-create the Victorian era style but make it modern.
I sought inspiration from Virginia Woolf because I really enjoyed not only her writing but also what she was wearing. I also want to respond to our current situation.
I signed up to receive a free craft package from Christopher Kane to make a face mask, so I decided to put it in my clothes.
My clothes and shoes come from Depop and lace tops that I bought as teenagers: it’s important for me to be sustainable.
The show itself is very nice. It shows everyone’s creative talents and what young people have to offer in terms of fashion, and proven fashion can be made using whatever you have.
This shows that we can create something new from something old, and that we do not need to give in to public pressure to buy new constantly.
I really hope this creates an example for industrial designers today.“
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