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Sarah Jessica Parker defends her Met Gala look to Nigerian Blogger Ivy Marshall who Said She Didn’t Stick to the Theme



Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

Hollywood actress Sarah Jessica Parker is one fashionista who takes the Met Gala seriously and has given us some major fashion history moments with her looks for the previous Met Gala events. So when a Nigerian fashion blogger on Instagram made a shady comment about her outfit this year, SJP had to clap back.

Fashion blogger Ivy Marshall posted a photo of Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Von Furstenberg and Madonna at the Met Gala and called them for not following the theme of the event, ‘Manus X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology.’

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“The 2016 Met Gala Theme was “Manus X Machina; Fashion in the age of technology” and this trio didnt get the memo @sarahjessicaparker @dvf @madonna ?? #fashionforward #Metgala #fashionblogger #ivymarshall”

Sarah Jessica Parker responded ever so politely in the comments section of the post saying:

“Got the memo. Always welcome thoughts but I’m a stickler for the theme and pay close attention to what it means. Every year with great consideration, research and conviction. The understanding of man and machine, how they intersect, when and why is what we considered. Perhaps you weren’t aware of the technology used in the details and embellishments of the design. Or perhaps you simply didn’t like what I wore which is completely fine but you can’t accuse me of not paying close attention and adhering to the theme. With respect and warmest regards, sj.”

Here are a few other comments after SJP’s response.

@thedishmaster: I still don’t get the point made by @sarahjessicaparker Because she used technology to create a dated look then it’s one with technology? I love the look but I don’t understand how it intersects with the theme. Downton Abbey uses technology for their costumes too but it’s still from a different era. Perhaps I’m dense, but it baffles me.

@lovebigbootyjudy; You know I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now and I know you think @sarahjessicaparker and the other beautiful ladies are not within the theme but I really think SJP nailed it. The theme is Manus X Machina and while it seems most opted to play ode to machine with metal accessories and light up dresses, it looks to me that SJP went back to the beginning of fashion for man showing where we started. At one time something similar to this was the height of fashion society. Just because she didn’t wear metal (a lot of people didn’t) doesn’t mean she didn’t get the theme. She was just representing man instead of machine.

See SJP’s previous Met Gala outfits
2015 Met Gala. Theme – ‘China: Through The Looking Glass

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Sarah Jessica Parker attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

2014 Met Gala. Theme – ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Sarah Jessica Parker attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

2013 Met Gala. Theme – ‘PUNK: Chaos To Couture

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

What do you think of SJP’s outfit?

Credits: Ivy Marshall | @ivymarshallsblog, Larry Busacca/Getty Images, Neilson Barnard/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

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    May 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Personally it wasn’t my favourite look of the night! But if it makes her comfortable then do you! Heaven knows you can’t nail it all the time. For a veteran, don’t think she needed to answer as well, is she going to respond to the Fashion Police, Wendy’s fashion team and all the people that said her outfit wasn’t on point! Sometimes, we should just “Let it go”

  2. ak

    May 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    From the MET Website:

    “The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition, presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing, will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

    With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

    The Robert Lehman Wing galleries on the Museum’s first floor and ground level will present a series of case studies to unravel the hand/machine conundrum. At the center will be an installation of toiles and prototypes presented as garments in the making or “monuments to ideas.” Emanating from this presentation will be a series of rooms based on traditional métiers of the haute couture, including embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, and leatherwork, which will be presented alongside versions that incorporate innovative processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. A room dedicated to the ateliers of tailoring and dressmaking will reflect the traditional division of a maison de couture.”


    1. The frilly thing on her right hand points to haute couture heritage
    2. From her accessories (necklace, rings, gold buttons, shoes), you can see influence of metal, and embroidery
    3. It shows a perfect distinction between what is produced by hand and what is sewn on using technology… and it even attempts to blur the lines… For example, i wouldn’t be surprised if her outfit was entirely hand-made, but i also wouldn’t be surprised if some parts were made using machines

    All in All, Ivy Marshall should have a seat and do more research before accusing people of not getting the memo. Ivy obviously did not get the memo, not to talk of invite. Who even cared about her till now? #GurlBye

  3. ak

    May 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Did y’all even see the back of the coat? How can you call that basic?!? What is wrong with you people

  4. ak

    May 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    OMG WTF:

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