“What’s wonderful about the Met is that people feel very fearless”- Anna Wintour.
The Met Gala it’s one of fashion’s biggest events, is an annual fundraising gala held for raising money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.
This gala is held annually on the first Monday of every May and has a specific theme. This year the theme was “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” and the dress code was “gilded glamour and white tie”.
The historical reference is the Gilded Age, the period that goes from 1870 to the beginning of 1900, also known as the golden age, a period of prosperity, industrialization, excess and growth in the United States.
The Met Gala organizer has faced criticism and accusation of insensitivity towards the event’s theme which clash with the current post-pandemic inflation that most Americans are dealing with.
The red carpet is the catwalk for famous celebrities from different fields such as fashion, film, television, music, sports, and social media. It’s also an opportunity for haute couture designer to express their creativity in beautiful and extravagant dress pieces.
The evening was hosted by Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Regina King.
The Met princess: Blake Lively
The two co-host and couple were also the best dressed, they execute brilliantly the gilded glamour theme without being tacky.
Blake wore a beautiful Versace dress that obviously made her stand out from the crowd.
Inspired by Art Déco and the New York architecture, the dress paid homage to the empire state building with his shimmering rose gold gown with an extravagant bow.
Then the magic happened: the bow on the skirt was untied to unravel a magnificent blue train, the design of which was inspired by the twelve constellations on the ceiling of the Grand Central station.
She also wore a seven-tier crown which symbolised the Statue of Liberty, representation of “inclusiveness, hospitality and freedom”- said Lively to Vogue.
This year fashion highlights
Kim Kardashian wore the original, multimillion-dollar dress Marylin Monroe wore when she sang “Happy birthday, Mr President” to JFK.
Kaya Gerber wore a semi-sheer gown with cutout details along the bodice by Alexander McQueen and extra voluminous curls, looking like a real Venus.
Lizzo absolutely understood the assignment she wore a black corset gown by Thom Browne and an over-the-top brocade coat who took 22,000 hours to make.
She also embodied high-society glamour by playing a rare flute