After taking 2020 off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and delaying the event until September last year, the Met Gala came back for 2022 with a lineup of guests who came correct to slay the theme while raising funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. Fashion is what makes the Met Gala the Met Gala and with such a spray of designers eager to go above and beyond to make a statement, you can always expect a collision of glamorous with crazy at the high-octane event. Best Dressed Met Gala 2022
Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda were the co-chairs of Monday night’s event which celebrated “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” the second part of a major two-part exhibition at the museum exploring the roots of American fashion. According to this year’s invitation, straight from Vogue editor Anna Wintour, this year’s event “is a white-tie affair with an emphasis on ‘Gilded Glamour.’”
The two-part show, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until September 2022, concluded with an exploration of 19th- and 20th-century fashion through the “sartorial narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories” of the United States.
Naturally, the night’s theme — cemented in the late 19th-century era known as The Gilded Age — opened the door for celebs, designers, and influencers to flex their knowledge of fashion history. A period of extreme wealth and rapid economic growth, the Gilded Age’s fashion was marked by lavish textiles like silk and tulle with equally excessive embellishments like bows, feathers, and sequins. Bustles and hourglass-enhancing silhouettes were also predominant during this era’s style. Best Dressed Met Gala 2022
The dresses were not the only surprising moment of the night. Attendees saw a love story play out as former assembly candidate Bobby Digi Olisa got down on one knee and proposed to Commissioner of New York City’s Cultural Affairs Laurie Cumbo. Of course, she said yes!
She said yes! A New York love story stole the Met Gala spotlight from celebrities for at least a moment with a red carpet proposal.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 3, 2022
Guests at the 2022 Met Gala, which came just a few months after the last one, included Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, SZA, Bad Bunny, Rosalía, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, Normani, Erykah Badu, Future, Lizzo, Anderson .Paak, Questlove, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Camila Cabello, Stromae, and many more.
While we expected the red carpet to be filled with various interpretations of 19th-century fashion, the night saw more non-traditional interpretations for this year’s theme.
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