The Met Gala is back and we have everything you need to know about the iconic day in fashion. The first Monday in May just wasn’t the same without the Met. Last year due to COVID-19, the Met was postponed to Sep. 13, 2021, an no no ball was held at all in 2020. Last year’s theme, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, was left up to interpretation, leaving celebrities wearing legendary American designers and showing off their hometowns. This year — with a new addition to the two-part theme as a continuation of last year’s exhibit and new event co-chairs — there’s a lot to be caught up on before one of the biggest nights in New York. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Met Gala.
“The 2022 Met Gala theme, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, is built around the tenets of American style, and celebrates unsung heroes of US design,” according to Vogue. It’s the second installment of the two-part exhibition that began at last year’s Met.
The guests have been told the gala is a white tie affair, more specifically, they were asked to embody the style of the gilded age. GQ described the time in history as “the period of rapid industrialization and massive economic growth during the roughly three decades that preceded the turn of the century.”
Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are the co-chairs for this year’s Met. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, Tom Ford, and of course, Anna Wintour are the honorary co-chairs.
Each year, the Met Gala is held to celebrate the opening of a fashion exhibition. The head curator, Andrew Bolton, told Vogue the 13 rooms being used for this year’s exhibit “really reflect the evolution of American style, but they also explore the work of individual tailors, dress-makers, and designers.” Sofia Coppola, Tom Ford, Regina King, and Martin Scorsese are some of the directors in charge of bringing the time period of fashion to life in the new exhibit.
What to expect
The unexpected, of course.
But when it comes to the gilded glamor dress code, Vogue tells readers to “expect gowns worthy of sweeping period epics like The Age of Innocence, or a scene from The Gilded Age, as A-list guests to their best to embody the grandeur of the New York of the late 19th century. Expect jewel tones, over the top textures, and at least one bustle.”
We’ll most likely see many American designers like Tom Ford and Pyer Moss worn by our favorite celebs.
“Part of the Met Gala’s intrigue is that once the guests leave the red carpet, little is known about what happens inside the event, and there is a social media ban – though some celebrities have given us a peek behind the fabled scenes in years past,” Net-a-Porter highlighted.
We can only hope for some behind the scenes looks of the big night from our favorite designers and celebrities. Vogue typically selects a-listers to film getting ready for the gala and posts the videos on their Youtube channel as well, giving us a look into what goes on during the chaos of it all. Olivia Rodrigo, Emma Chamberlain, and Billie Eilish were just some of the celebs spotlighted at the last Met.
How to Watch
Keke Palmer hosted the livestream of the red carpet last year, along with Ilana Glazer, and killed it. Her viral meme with Megan Thee Stallion was recited for weeks. This year, the hosts are the European editor- at-large Hamish Bowles, Vanessa Hudgens, and La La Anthony. You can stream them on May 2 at 6 p.m. ET on Vogue’s social media platforms and at Vogue.com/Met-Gala.
E! News will also cover the event with Live From E!: Met Gala airing on the channel at 6 p.m. ET. Karamo Brown, Zanna Roberts Rassi, Camille Kostek, Phillip Picardi, and Naz Perez will provide red carpet coverage.
The MET Gala is the biggest day in fashion of the year. Next week we’ll see how designers and stylists interpret this theme and hopefully serve some memorable fashion moments.
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