Iconic designers and fashion icons were able to unite on the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art steps, last night on the second Monday of May 2022. Just 7 months after the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” belated red carpet, after a chaotic few years the event was able to debut yet another night to celebrate both historical moments in fashion and introduce upcoming designers in the industry.
This years theme introduced the second part of the “In America” exhibition, where fashion designers and celebrities came together to showcase their best interpretation of “Gilded Glamour”. Although this theme meant fans could enjoy historically beautiful dresses, that would be influenced by the period of economic boom in the late 1800s, many gowns that showed up wouldn’t even be described as a gown – let alone glamourous. Year after year, more designs show up on the carpet without following dress-code, causing the event to look more like a zoo for designers to showcase their collections. Although this is the case, certain celebrities were still able to flaunt beautiful and mesmerising compositions. This year many will be judging and analysing a chaotic group of creations that celebrities dared to bring to Anna Wintours red carpet event.
Many big names including Zendaya, Rihanna and Beyoncé were missing from the carpet this year, alongside the expected corsets and pearls that would have paired with the theme beautifully. Before examining and dissecting the designs from the 2022 gala, let us take a look back on the designs from different years that would have effortlessly kept in the “Gilded Glamour” theme.
Top 3 Previous Looks for “Gilded Glamour”
Ariana Grande in Vera Wang 2018
The custom designed Vera Wang dress Grande flaunted during her debut at the 2018 Met Gala, was a match made in heaven with that years theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. Not only did this gown capture the essence of the night, but the dress fell onto the carpet with such grace and poise thanks to the “God is a Woman” singer.
This dressed paired with the right jewellery and head piece, would have made the same impact it did in 2018, on the “Gilded Glamour” themed carpet. Mrs. Grande-Butera would have most definitely dominated this years carpet is she had attended.
Blake Lively in Versace 2018
When it comes to the Met Gala and dominating, Blake Lively does not miss. The actress always has the cameras pointing at her, former Gossip Girl “It-Girl” graced the carpet in another Versace dress. The regency styled dress took over 600 hours to create, as it was beaded by hand and was paired with train that flowed so far she needed a party bus to arrive at the venue.
Blake Lively has always known how to channel the Met Gala theme, and although this years dress did wonders, her 2018 Versace look would have left everyone as stunned as her 2018 reveal.
Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana 2017
This dress with either a more floral pattern, or no print at all would have captured the theme perfectly. Zendaya made her entrance in the Dolce & Gabbana golden gown and it was nothing short of mesmerising, when the actress approached the iconic steps she was greeted with praise and admiration. Many described the dress as a “masterpiece”, not only did she manage to attend the gala in a glamorous dress but she also paired it with the perfect hair and the much needed simplistic accessories.
Zendaya missing this years gala, made headlines because how can such a fashion icon disappoint. However, her previous looks are enough to gawk at and commend when looking at this years looks.
2022 Designs and Appearances Captured by Vanity Fair
Bringing both a historical and futuristic look to the carpet event, Monaé stunned the crowd as she walked in her shimmering Ralph Lauren dress. The Grammy-nominated actress spoke up about her “sci-fi” gown when asked by associated press, saying “This is gilded glamour from the future”. A spin on the the nights theme anyone can appreciate and positively talk about.
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
The power couple attended the event both in Versace, and the two looked like fashion royalty. Blake Lively walked the first half of the carpet in what looked like a pink coral gown accompanied by a beautiful bow. However, later on she untied the bow to reveal a wondrous turquoise undertone which she later matched with gloves. Her partner stood by the fashion icon in a black vintage suede tuxedo, paired with a light bowtie matching the ensemble.
When speaking to associated press Lively discussed the significance of her gown, explaining the connection to the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. In comparison to other designs at the event, this Versace look fit into the theme through the use of the accessories and what seemed to be a tailored in corset.
Although the singer appeared to be coming off the set of Fantastics Beasts, the coat paired with the rest of the Tommy Hilfiger ensemble paid homage the the theme of the night. This year Mendes attended the carpet on his own, the same went for his former partner Camilla Cabello, both singers seemed to be taking advantage of the spotlight as they modelled their designs.
The Korean-American actress made her debut last night, in a hot pink design by Prabal Gurung. Although the look featured all aspects of what the theme required – features, diamonds and a cinching corset, the design had all the character without the right oomph. Not many expected a showstopper from the actress, as it was her first Met Gala carpet, but maybe a lighter tone would’ve brought the look together.
Chloë Grace Moretz
Little did anyone know that, a coat on its own could capture the essence of the night. Moretz strutted in an astonishing Louis Vuitton romantic military look, where she flaunted what looked like a slicked back pixie up-do. At first glance it would look like Miss Moretz was channeling the one and only “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. However, after a longer glance you can appreciate the actress’ attempt to fit in with the “Gilded” era theme of the night.
With this being Harrier 4th time attending the gala, you would expect her to catch up when it came to walking down the carpet as an icon. The 32 year old walked down the carpet this year in a “Gilded” style hand-stitched dress by H&M, she paired the dress with a beautiful set of velvet gloves and Betty Boop styled hair. Although Harrier looked beautiful as she walked the carpet, she was easily grouped in with the rest of the attendees who opted out to wear black, a colour that wouldn’t have been popular during the regency era
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker is one of the most underwhelming attendees when its comes to the Met Gala, she tends to shy away from the theme and wear whatever gown or design is thrown at her. Last night the ‘Sex in the City’ actress turned heads as she walked down the carpet in a black and white Christopher John Rogers floor length gown, she was able to grab attention for all the wrong reasons. Her head piece paired with her gown, made the actress look like she was going to attend a Mad Hatter tea party, feathers may have fit the theme but it was nothing but a mistake for Mrs Parker.
Looks That Nailed The Theme
(All photos fetched from Vanity Fair)
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Written by Karla Louise Hallett