After being postponed several times over, last night The Met Gala finally swept New York City. With rumours swelling for days that Kim Kardashian would walk the red carpet in none other than Marilyn Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr President dress circa 1962 (spoiler alert, she lost 16 lbs in 3 weeks to fit into it), we were eager to see how fashions A-listers would interpret this year’s theme, ‘Gilded Glamour’ on the worlds most photographed red carpet.
Affectionately dubbed fashion’s biggest night out, the fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art taking place on the First Monday in May brings out everyone’s inner peacock. Aside from Kim Kardashian, who managed to trump everyone on the principle of being able to somehow secure Marilyn’s $4.6 million dress, we saw Kid Cudi in a regal blue Kenzie cape, Lizzo in Thom Browne playing a flute no less, Gigi Hadid in a giant crimson futuristic get-up complete with a puffy jacket by Versace, and Kylie Jenner blending past and future in an Off-White ruffled dress with a backwards baseball hat. Anna Wintour traded her signature shades for a diamond tiara and they paid a wonderful tribute to the late Andre Leon Tally.
We saw lots of sequins, black velvet, lace, glitter and fuffy white looks that brought to mind eras of the past, with the men keeping it classy a few twists the white tie dress code with top hats, canes, gilded lapels, as well as more daring choices including Oscar Issac, Travis Barker, and Russel Westbrook in variations on the kilt. While it seemed most went for the tasteful black or gold route, Glenn Close, Nicola Peltz, and Awkwafina, made a splash in hot pink, as did Gwen Stefani in a daring electric neon green Vera Wang gown, and Cara Delevingne opted for a crimson Dior Haute Couture pantsuit with gold body chains and nipple pasties.
But enough speculating, slide through our round-up of our favourite red carpet looks from The Met Gala below.
The second part of the exhibition “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” is set to open May 5th across 13 period rooms of the American Wing following part one “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” which opened back in September of last year in the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
Both parts of the exhibition, which will feature designs by Brooks Brothers, Bill Blass, Lloyd Kiva New, and more will be on view through September 5th 2022. For more information and visitor information click here.