The ever-ostentatious flamingo is often associated with the concept of camp, this year’s theme for the Met Gala. Take Schiaparelli Couture’s fall 2018 flamingo-patterned cape, or a feathered Moschino dress from their Spring 2016 collection. And that’s just in fashion—the 1972 dark comedy, Pink Flamingos, is a cult classic for its bizarre, bold plot.
It was all of the above that inspired event planner Raul Àvila. Every year, the event planner and his team erect a show-stopping floral centerpiece in the Metropolitan Museum’s Great Hall—the unofficial, and grand, welcome to the Met Gala. This year, it will be a flock—also called a”flamboyant”—of fanciful flamingos. (In 2018, it was a papal crown of roses, in 2017, a playful Rei Kawakubo-inspired flower.) “We reference the radical and wild tones from the movie to create a refined, luxurious, and breathtaking centerpiece that exceeds any and all expectations,” Àvila tells Vogue. “This was our opportunity to take the unexpected and turn it into a theatrical and transcending moment for the industry.”
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They say that making an entrance is key, and where is that more true than at the #MetGala? But, on the first Monday in May, grand entrances aren’t just for the guests. Thanks to @raulavilainc, the event’s designer, the @metmuseum’s Great Hall and its stairs transform annually into a floral-filled wonderworld. Tonight, after celebrities ascend the grand staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they will gaze upon a bow-legged water fowl, standing 25 feet tall and comprised of 30,000 flowers. Above, watch as this year’s grand entrance for #MetCamp comes to life. Tap the link in our bio for more stunning centerpieces from #MetGalas past.
Tonight, after celebrities ascend the grand staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they will gaze upon a group bow-legged water fowl, standing 25 feet tall and comprised of 30,000 flowers. The playful creatures are surrounded by a border of pink feathers. All in all, Àvila says it took 25 people to assemble—a worthwhile effort for such a theatrical design.
Originally published on Vogue.