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May 06, 2008

Met Ball Fug Carpet: Tilda Swinton

The theme for this year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (or, as it is known by nobody, MMACIG) was "Superheroes." And if there is one working actress today whom I'd expect to take that theme and wring it out like a disobedient washcloth, it would be Tilda Swinton -- or as I like to call her, Most Likely To Arrive In The Actual Iron Man Outfit, Complete With Helmet.

And yet:

She has the helmet part on track, thanks to a stylist with four cans of hairspray and an itchy trigger finger. Her makeup artist even got the metallic sheen down pat. So why is the rest of her dressed like she's on her way to her cousin's third wedding in the garden of the vicar's cottage? Tilda Swinton is the person who'd show up as Catwoman Wearing Her Wonder Woman Costume, with a jacket made of Plastic Man and Flash Gordon's head on her lapel. Unless that orange brooch turns out to be some kind of poisoned throwing star that decapitates demons from hell, this is depressingly tame.

At the very least, I'd have been satisfied if Tilda had turned up in something like this:

I am pretty sure this costume belongs to one of the lounge singers aboard the Starship Enterprise. Someone should tell A-Dubs that "science fiction" and "superheroes" aren't quite synonymous themes... but, you know what? She's the hostess; she makes the rules. And let's face it, Anna is a superhero in her own universe, plus she allegedly can make grown people weep with a single twitch of her eyebrow. Sounds like an otherworldly power to me. AND that thing has a built-in neck pillow for greater comfort when she takes a catnap in the bathroom stall halfway through the party. Brilliant.

Posted by Heather at 09:12 AM in Met Ball | Permalink

 

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