Met Gala looks are meant to be fashion-forward and fashion-forward. However, they don’t look so unusual next to JRPG bosses like Sephiroth. Fans have connected the design similarities between video game characters and high fashion by placing characters on the carpet next to wildly dressed celebrities.
A user posted Cynthia from “Pokemon Diamond and Pearl” with his almost floor-length black trench coat, accented with a fur trim and buttoned at the chest. Her flowing platinum blonde hair and nubby black bobby pins completed the look. Another user posted Isabelle from “Animal Crossing” with a green gingham dress and matching hair ribbon in her yellow furry mane. More discreet examples, such as Characters “Persona 5” dressed in evening dress, also appeared.
It wasn’t just video game characters either. Many anime and various fandom-related memes have also circulated. Someone photographed Shikamaru, a shadow-controlling ninja from “Naruto”, in the tail of Kim Kardashian’s faceless black outfit. Others just posted anime character groups in groups of rainbow-haired friends, strolling the Met Gala red carpet.
The Met Gala actually has a charitable interest in the arts at heart, even if it seems silly to walk around in dodgy, probably not functional fashionable clothes. It is also a fundraiser. Vogue describes it as “the fashion equivalent of the Oscars”, where designers, models and other celebrities deliberately dress in the craziest clothes possible to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Sephiroth may not have been officially invited to this year’s Met Gala, but who knows? At least video game fans can enjoy the party online while celebrities fundraise in real life.