This year’s Costume Gala at the Metropolitan Museum in New York will go down in history as one of the more memorable. Kate Moss showed up in a matching turban and toga, Madonna made headlines for her LV-approved bunny ears, while supermodels boycotted on behalf of Azzedine Alaïa; not to mention, Rodarte’s after-party at subMercer produced one of the most high-profile fashion feuds in decades: Kiefer Sutherland head-butting Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough. But don’t expect the fashion faux pas or feuds to be replicated next year, says Fashion Week Daily. “According to two well-placed insiders, one very closely involved with the Museum, the 2010 Costume Institute Gala will be a much less splashy affair — a move the museum is said to welcome. The guest list will consist mostly of trustees and benefactors who purchase full-priced tickets instead of the designers, models and Hollywood types who once sat at their comped tables.”
The reasons for a less star-studded Gala are surely two-fold. One, with the economy (and Vogue) in its current state, the magazine can’t afford to throw such a lavish affair where the majority of the guests pay for prime seating solely with their name. Secondly, the rag’s reigning ruler, Anna Wintour, was rumored to be infuriated that the Sutherland/McCollough scuffle (and the Alaïa trouble) took the spotlight from the yearly fete.