Lewis Hamilton Bought His Met Gala Table To Share With Young Black Designers

The 2021 Met Gala celebrates in America: A Fashion Dictionary - Arrivals
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The Met Gala is one of the most elite and glamorous events in New York City history. Fans can watch their favorite stars dress up and make a fashionable entrance on the red carpet. Although the night is full of glitz and glamor, the fundraising is the real reason for the monumental event.
As with most fundraising events, guests must purchase a seat at the Met Gala table in order to attend. Typically, tables are sponsored by great designers who then invite and dress celebrities for the event. British racing driver Lewis Hamilton took this opportunity to invite a couple of Black Designers to his table, mainly because he knew how important it was for them to be in the room. Costing about $ 30,000, Hamilton welcomed Theophilio, Kenneth Nicholson, and Jason Rembert for a night at the Met.
"The Met is the biggest fashion event of the year, and for this topic I wanted to create something that is meaningful and stimulates conversation," said Hamilton in a short interview with Vogue. "When people see us all together, these black designers will be on people's minds."
The 2021 Met Gala celebrates in America: A Fashion Dictionary - Arrivals
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Hamilton is aware of the lack of diversity in fashion. The Met Gala was a great opportunity to showcase the emerging black designers in the industry, but unfortunately the black representation wasn't overwhelming.
Bevy Smith said it best. "And why not American black designers, one can say that all this #BLM support was performative, if this were 2020, black designers would have flooded the #MetGala carpet."
Bevy also confirmed the known process of securing a Met Gala seat. While most of us were baffled that celebrities didn't wear American designers, it was because luxury European brands bought the tables and then dressed their celebrity guests. This year we saw a lot of Balenciaga, Versace, Valentino, Fendi, Chanel and Prada.
Kudos to Lewis Hamilton for providing such an opportunity for black designers. Giving them a seat at the table, both literally and figuratively, will inspire them to dominate the designs of the Met Gala next year.
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