Sarah Jessica Parker Continues to Defend Met Gala Look: 'I Go to Exhaustive Detail'
By Jackie Willis
Sarah Jessica Parker continued to defend her 2016 Met Gala outfit to the ladies of The View on Wednesday.
The Sex and the City star faced some criticism for her getup, with fans claiming it did not match the event's technology theme. Parker was adamant on The View that she takes the annual theme of the Met Gala "very serious."
"I research it and I go to exhaustive detail to understand the meaning of the theme," she insisted. "The world is such a place now where everyone has an opinion and isn’t that wonderful we live in a democracy, and it isn’t a great way to spend our time trying to worry about what people say or try to fix it or make it feel better. It’s perfectly alright."
On Tuesday, the 51-year-old actress published an op-ed with TMagazine, explaining why she chose her cream-colored costume. "This year's theme, 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,' is far more challenging than themes of years past, mostly in terms of how I wanted to express it as I understood it," Parker wrote. "It wasn't as straightforward as past themes, like the era of punk in fashion or examining Chinese culture in fashion. What is technology? And what does it mean when applied to fashion? We didn't want to simply apply lights and actual, physical technology on me. We didn't want it to be about the electronic screen or something that could turn on and off. We wanted it to be about the technology of thought, of application, of fabrication. The technology of the hand and the machine."
Parker also revealed that the Broadway play Hamilton inspired her ensemble, particularly the men's costumes. "All of a sudden, I was like: 'Oh, that’s it,'" she recalled. "It was such a specific time, and I was curious how we could use technology with that. What would the technology part of the idea be? [Monse designer] Fernando Garcia introduced us to these embellishment artists in Brooklyn called Le Studio Anthost, who take the idea of old-fashioned couture embroidery and, with technology, apply it to fabrications using paint. It was the perfect marriage of technology and the hand of man. Together, we were able to really collaborate and meticulously look at the period and redefine what it was that we were trying to achieve."
When ET caught up with Parker on the red carpet, she admitted that her style team had been "working feverishly" to complete her look. "The week before, I took my daughters to see Hamilton and I was still sort of pondering how I could sort this theme out. And I was looking at the men's suiting and I was like, 'That's it.' So it's true 1760s," she told ET special correspondent Joe Zee. "I have never had the opportunity to have this direct of a collaboration [with designers Garcia and Kim], so it's been lovely."