NEW YORK — The cocktail bar was shutting down, and guests were being encouraged to commence the elegant trek to dinner through the majestic halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
But Joan Collins had just swept in, channeling her famous “Dynasty” character, Alexis, in a tiered gown of fluffy white feathers and gobs of blinding diamonds. And Alexis wanted a glass of wine.
“I’m having a great time,” Collins said of her first Met Gala. “I’d be even better if I had a drink.”
The sartorial theme of this year’s gala was “camp” — not summer camp, but the aesthetic of camp and its influence on fashion, as explored in the museum’s new exhibit, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” It wasn’t an easy theme to grasp; the instructions for guests were to dress with “studied triviality.”
But while the results varied hugely — from Katy Perry dressing as an elaborate