Gregory Masouras’ artistic mission is to “integrate fantasy into reality.” The photographer/Illustrator has been incorporating animated characters into real-life scenarios since inspiration struck in 2014, and his latest series focused on the 2017 Met Gala, the avant-garde fashion event that draws A-list celebrities annually.
In AnimationInReality Vs Met Gala, the Greek artist cleverly recreates some of the most noteworthy looks among Monday’s red carpet arrivals for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit hosted by Anna Wintour.
In one mashup, Rosetta the Disney fairy is draped in the raspberry-hued, off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera gown worn by model Taylor Hill; the fairy wings Masouras added were apropos for the Victoria’s Secret angel. In another, the beloved Anna from Frozen is decked out in Hailey Baldwin’s tiered, two-piece Herrera gown, complete with the model’s metal choker and birdcage veil.
In another, the artist casts Peter Pan’s own sweet-and-sassy Tinker Bell as singer/actress Rita Ora, who wore a fire-engine red, asymmetrical, custom Marchesa gown and Casadei shoes to the event, where the theme was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between.” Japanese designer Kawakubo is known for her avant-garde aesthetic, and Comme des Garcons is her Tokyo-based fashion label.
Some of Masouras’ likenesses truly pushed the envelope, though. The illustrator used the demure Snow White to recreate model Bella Hadid’s now-notorious look — a see-through catsuit by Alexander Wang, Bulgari jewelry, and black pumps that would make Bashful blush for days.
And it was Elsa from Frozen who seductively stepped into sister Gigi Hadid’s fishnets and Christian Louboutin shoes — along with her revealing Tommy Hilfiger gown.
Princess Merida of Brave fame was Masouras’ choice to take on Zendaya’s over-the-top look: a vibrant, aviary-themed, shoulder-baring Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda gown. And Merida’s wild, red mane was a match for Zendaya’s showstopping natural hair.
Princess Tiana may be shy in The Princess and the Frog, but she bore skin in Nicki Minaj’s couture H&M outfit — an embellished bodysuit with a cape that extended into a train.
So who took on Rihanna’s puffed-up, experimental art project of a dress — an original Comme des Garçons dress from the honorary designer’s fall 2016 runway? None other than Pocahontas. The bold heroine does justice to bad gal RiRi’s experimental frock, complete with the entertainer’s Chopard jewelry and red, laced-up-to-the-knee Dsquared2 shoes.
“Through my eyes,” is the phrase Masouras uses on his site to describe his aesthetic for the series, which is part of a larger AnimationInReality project that reimagines stylish stars as Disney princesses in various scenarios: on the covers of fashion magazines like Vogue and W, ad campaigns for Fendi and Givenchy, and even Beyoncé’s iconic Instagram pregnancy announcement — except that time he didn’t use a Disney Princess. Instead, through Masouras’ eyes, Queen Bey was reimagined as a heavily pregnant Ellen Degeneres!
“#AnimationInReality is intended to “integrate fantasy into reality,” Masouras explains on his website. “Ultimately, my purpose would be the liberation of adult imagination by using tools that were, up to now, reserved for younger audiences.” Consider us liberated.
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