Tom Ford doesn't seem to like camp, at least not when Katy Perry is involved.
The fashion designer and director of Nocturnal Animals took a shot at the "When I'm Gone" singer's Met Gala outfits over the years, praising her take on the 2019 Vogue event's theme of "Camp: Notes on Fashion," in which she arrived dressed as a chandelier before changing into a hamburger outfit for Anna Wintour's post-carpet party.
"The only thing about the Met that I don't like is that it's evolved into a costume party," designer Tom Ford said of the annual benefit in an interview with Time. "That used to just be really fashionable folks in very nice attire attending an 18th-century show. You didn't have to dress in 18th-century garb, you didn't have to dress like a hamburger, and you didn't have to arrive in a van standing because you couldn't sit because you were wearing a chandelier."
Perry's work isn't the only pop celebrity endeavour Ford has been working on recently. Last year, the design icon slammed Lady Gaga's film House of Gucci, which starred Reeve Carney as a teenage Ford during his time at the Gucci label.
"The film is... well, I'm still not sure what it is precisely," he wrote in a November 2021 essay, "but nonetheless I felt like I had gone through a cyclone when I left the theatre." "Was it a comedy or a suspenseful story about greed? Was it okay for me to laugh out loud all the time?"
Tom Ford Seems to Shade Met Gala, Uses Katy Perry's Looks
"You didn't have to dress like you were in the eighteenth century, you didn't have to dress like a hamburger, you didn't have to arrive in a van standing up because you couldn't sit because you were wearing a chandelier," Tom explained. Katy Perry wore a hamburger costume to the 2019 Met Gala after party and a chandelier-inspired ensemble to the 2019 Met Gala red carpet.
Tom Ford, the fashion designer, appears to be expressing his dissatisfaction with the current status of the Met Gala, as opposed to how it used to be.
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In an excerpt from her book "Anna: The Biography," he told author Amy Odell, "It's evolved into a costume party."
In the portion published by Time, he remarked, "That used to just be really chic individuals wearing very lovely clothes coming to an exhibition about the 18th century."
Tom, 72, was an honorary chair of the 2021 event and has been a longtime personal friend of the Vogue editor-in-chief. Tom also told the author, former New York Magazine editor Amy Odell, in an excerpt from the book Anna: The Biography, that the event had veered from its original purpose.
"It used to just be really fashionable people in very nice attire attending to an exhibition in the 18th century," Tom explained.
In recent Met Gala history, celebrities have frequently chosen outlandish outfits to wear on the red carpet. Not to mention Cardi B's colossal red feathered train from the 2019 event or Kim Kardashian's veiled appearance from 2021.