People watching is always fun. At the opera especially because you can take a closer look what other people are wearing. Since 2013, Rose Callahan is the exclusive photographer behind the fashion blog of the Metropolitan Opera “Last Night at the Met”.
Here she documents and highlights the fabulous fashion of opera attendees, who strut their stuff through the grand foyer.
During twenty-six nights all through the season, she attends one evening of each production, she is looking for the unicorn. Not every night is a good night though. She works with a small time frame and sometimes she has a good night with lots of styles and other nights it is a scrabble to find the one worth highlighting.
What does the unicorn look like? “It seems, what I notice the most are colours, sometimes the way they do their hair or great style in general”. Once the unicorn is spotted Rose approaches the person, explains why the person caught her eye and that she shoots for the Met style blog. An assistant takes care of the paperwork.
The dress code at the opera is the topic of an abundance of websites and forums and Last Night at the Met doubles as an inspirational guide as to what could be worn. Rose herself loves to get dressed up, but her intentions are to show how to have fun with style and how people respect the venue by dressing up. Dressing up is in the eye of the beholder and the Met is a great place to do that since there is not a real dress code, that will be enforced. So, give that tuxedo and the ball gown an evening out, open up the safe to get your hands on your grandmother's jewels, but also be comfortable in a pair of jeans or some hot leather.
With the popularity of the website and the Instagram account growing, it is no surprise that attendees are not only flattered to be asked but they also share their excitement that they finally got to meet Rose Callahan to be featured. She even has her "regulars", attendees she sees often during the season: like THIS fashionable couple.
If you ever find yourself at the Met, make sure to be on the look out for Rose Callahan and maybe you find yourself on the blog to highlight what you wore Last Night at the Met.