Gigi Burris, a New York-based milliner, cannot help but be drawn to materials. “I fall in love with the way that straws are woven,” she explained. “It’s all about that tactile nature.”
So when the designer received an invite from Google Arts & Culture to attend Thursday night’s “We Wear Culture” unveiling at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the choice was an easy one. Plus, Burris had already heard “murmurs” about the global digital project. “Whenever Google’s involved, you’re certainly curious,” she added.
Arguably it was those same rumors that prompted the likes of Anna Wintour, Tory Burch, Fern Mallis, and Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow to attend. The event, hosted by executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt and the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton, promised a celebration of “the craftsmanship, culture, and impact of fashion—past, present, future.” This ultimately translated into a party where insiders could drink champagne, pose in front of a 360-degree camera, and wear virtual reality headsets.