The Met Gala resumed its regular schedule on Monday evening, with the museum hosting its charitable event on the first Monday of May— attracting some of the world’s biggest stars who embraced vintage Hollywood elegance and commemorated the Gilded Age. The Met Gala, sometimes known as the Met Ball, and previously known as the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, is an annual fundraising gala held in New York City to benefit the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Now, what is gilded glamour? People have been trying to decipher the nature of the Met Gala’s 2022 theme since it was revealed. Guests at the ceremony were free to illustrate their own interpretations to show off their work. The theme was inspired by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner for their joint 1873 novel, “Gilded,” and refers to the historical period in which the book is set during the U.S. Civil War era.
While the theme refers to the Gilded Age, there was a significant income difference between those living in the Southern states and those in the Northern and Western portions of North America, where industry contributed to economic prosperity. “Gilded” refers to how wealth and elegance were utilized to hide the era’s social upheaval and turmoil. The term “gilded glamour” refers to the fashion of the time.
The red carpet was filled with long trains, vast trinkets and stunning faces looking to make a statement. Because there were so many attention-grabbing looks, deviating from the norm is how to truly stand out. The essence of the Met Gala is to dress in costume fashion, but with elegance and grace.
This Year’s Best Looks
Blake Lively, one of the event’s co-chairs, arrived in a stunning Atelier Versace gown. In her gilded attire, she paid homage to New York City architecture. Tiaras have proven to be the night’s prevalent accessory. Lively was one of many who wore one, as hers was in reference to the Statue of Liberty. Her dress has many intricate details that highlight various aspects of New York.
Sarah Jessica Parker has a knack for mastering a theme. Parker’s Met Gala ensemble this evening is inspired by Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who made history as the first Black female fashion designer in the White House for Mary Todd Lincoln. Parker wished to give Keckley the credit she deserved. Parker wears a large headpiece as a prominent item in her wardrobe on “Sex And The City,” so it was only natural to continue the pattern in her gorgeous outfit.
The rapper Jack Harlow wore a dashing Givenchy chocolate brown suit with classic leather dress shoes and his distinctive unruly curls. It was fitting and layered over a white button-down with a pristine white collar peeking out from beneath the jacket. The rapper matched his outfit with black pointed-toe dress shoes with a polished shine.
Lizzo has dazzled us with one of the most on-theme looks by Thom Browne. She is dressed in a black corset gown with garter belt cuts and a sparkly vine-adorned coat chosen by stylist Jason Rembert. She paired her spectacular garb with a golden flute, which she played for those on the carpet to enjoy. Lizzo’s breathtaking look has landed her on multiple best-dressed lists from the evening.
Kim Kardashian, followed by most of her family, traveled the red carpet in a vintage Jean Louis gown inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress. The iconic gown sold for $4.81 million in 2016 and came with a slew of rules. Kim was not permitted to have the dress altered in any way, nor was she permitted to lotion her body before putting on the gown. Even with the stipulations, it was an honor to wear this dress in tribute to Monroe and the Gilded Age and Kim looked stunning in it.
Vanessa Hudgens makes an early appearance at the 2022 Met Gala in a sheer Moschino black garment. Vanessa arrived at the Met steps as one of the red carpet co-hosts sporting a goth-inspired take on sheer. The long dress reached almost to her feet and was made of a tulle-like fabric. A lace train was affixed at the back of Vanessa’s gown and trailed behind her. Hudgens wore a diamond cuff bracelet, earrings and a variety of glittering rings, despite the fact that the turtleneck-like collar precluded her from wearing any necklaces. Either way, she stole the show.
Billie Eilish looked stunning in her more romanticized, goth Gucci ensemble. Eilish opted for a champagne-colored corseted gown, lace sleeves, and flower design around the bust. Above the neckline, the singer went in a more gothic direction, with jewelry including a black choker and her black hair fashioned into an edgy updo.
Cardi B made one of the most extravagant red carpet arrivals, wearing a Versace dress and accompanied by a Barocco print-wrapped convertible. The design was made out of tulle and seven different types of gold chains. Some of the chains were embellished with Versace’s distinctive Medusa head pendants. The aesthetic was created using a hand-crafting technique that took many members of the Atelier over 1,000 hours to accomplish.
Janelle Monáe looked futuristic in a gleaming Ralph Lauren gown at the Met Gala. Monáe, who just announced that they are nonbinary, published a science fiction novel called “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer” which inspires the look. Her appearance is incredibly futuristic, evoking everything about the future initiatives we wish to combat. The Grammy-nominated singer ditched their headwear in favor of a sparkling headpiece linked to a sleek black and white gown.
Anok Yai looked stunning in pink on the red carpet in Michael Kors. My eyes were drawn to the scattered-sequin satin ballgown. This garment is stunning on its own for its style and color, but Yai elevates it to new heights.
Actress Emma Stone embodies the roaring ’20s flapper in her white mini dress with an embellished, feathered hem made by Nicolas Ghesquière for her wedding afterparty and reused for the evening. The actress had her hair in an updo. On the red carpet, she posed alone.
Kacey Musgraves wowed in a floor-length Prada gown with glittering accents and a low-cut neckline decorated with a bow. Musgraves has been to the Meta Gala several times. She finished her ensemble with black satin gloves, a fan and a plethora of jewelry.