Colman Domingo Honors Chadwick Boseman and André Leon Talley at Met Gala

Actor Colman Domingo showcases meaningful style at Met Gala.

by Nouman Rasool
Colman Domingo Honors Chadwick Boseman and André Leon Talley at Met Gala
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Playing the role of a highly acclaimed actor to a tee, Colman Domingo made heads turn at the 2024 Met Gala with a statement of style running far from superficial. This was Domingo's heartfelt tribute to the last two greats in the world of cinema and fashion, who died way too young: Chadwick Boseman and André Leon Talley.

This Met Ball on "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" this year will be at the same location, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the theme is "The Garden of Time." Domingo's choice of attire—a striking cape that flowed elegantly from his jacket, paired with wide-legged pants—was a direct homage to Boseman and Talley, both of whom had graced previous galas in similarly bold capes.

Speaking to E! News at the event, Domingo shared his inspiration: “They both wore capes when they were at the Met. Everything I do, I feel like it’s gotta be for the culture. It’s gotta be more than just for me”.

He emphasized his desire to honor "these brothers who were here before me," reflecting his deep respect for the cultural impact both men had made.

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The suit, designed by Willy Chavarría, is appropriately dressed to fit the theme of the evening and is completed with a bouquet of lilies, which add a poetic touch to the tribute.

He has also shared his excitement about the event and seeing other celebrities like Cardi B, whom he never got an opportunity to interact with. Chadwick Boseman, who had played the Black Panther, privately lost his battle with colon cancer in August 2020 aged 43, while André Leon Talley, a legendary Vogue journalist who made the Met Gala his house for many years, has lost his life on January, 2022. Both figures are remembered for their great contributions in their respective fields and inspiring generations.

The Met Gala is traditionally held as a benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, always being a night of fashion and celebration of culture. Co-chaired by such stellar names as Anna Wintour, Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez, and Zendaya, each stamped their own peculiar flair on the scintillating occasion.

This Met Gala tribute to Domingo is a good example of how powerful fashion and cinema are in the expression of culture and memory, ensuring that the legacies of Boseman and Talley live on to inspire.

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