The Met Gala 2022 drew crowds of stars. Their style refers to the Gilded Age – the period of American history between the end of the Civil War and the first decade of the 20th century. The red carpet was dominated by: gold, silver, white and black. There were surprises and surprising explanations for the current topic.
The Met Gala – the opening of a special exhibition of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – is back with traditional flair. This one-of-a-kind charity ball is considered the most important event on the fashion calendar by critics and fashion historians.
It’s the true test of who matters in the American entertainment industry. Usually, the list of invited people (usually kept secret until Sunday) is limited to about 600 people, one invitation costs – according to various sources – from 30 to 35 thousand dollars, to book the entire table, you have to pay from 200 to 300 thousand dollars. After all, it is a charitable ball, and the proceeds of it go to the Fashion Institute. Last year, the Washington Post reported, about $16 million was raised during the ball.
This year’s Ball Organizing Committee included Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Once again, he was awarded the honorary positions on the committee: “Vogue” editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, director and fashion designer Tom Ford and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri.
Met Gala 2022 – Anthology of American Fashion
This year, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be able to see two costume exhibitions. After the 2020 fair – due to the outbreak of the epidemic and the closure of exhibition institutions – was shown by default, in 2021 (due to the ongoing real epidemic threat), the date of the traditional celebration – that is, the first Monday in May – the ball was abandoned and the ball was held on September 13. The show opened to the public on September 18, titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” This year’s edition: “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” will be available starting May 5. Both will run until September 5th.
The idea of the whole project relates to the question posed by Prabal Gurung: “Who will become an American?” One of the most famous American fashion designers today, Gurung was born in Singapore to Nepalese parents. Finally at his Spring/Summer 2020 show, models wore scarves with this question in mind. Fashion Institute exhibitions focused on issues of inclusivity and questions about the roots of contemporary American style, among other things. The “Fashion Dictionary” focused on the phenomenology, innovators, and originators of contemporary fashion for the United States. “Anthology of Fashion” is to create a story not only about the most famous innovators and innovators in American fashion, but also about “many names forgotten, omitted or left out in the margins of fashion history” – Andrew Bolton, Senior Trustee of the Fashion Institute, declared that Bolton noted The aim of the exhibition is to show the “noopo known history” of the United States.
Since last year’s exhibition continues, this year it is organized at The American Wing – one of the exhibitions dedicated to American art from the eighteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century. The project promises to be very ambitious, because the submitted creations will refer to the works displayed in the different spaces of the gallery. “These interiors provide an overview of more than two hundred years of American domestic life,” we read in the exhibit’s description.
In some rooms, a 3D movie “Frozen Scenes”, produced in collaboration with prominent actors in the field of American cinematography, will be shown. The film complementing the exhibition is the responsibility of: Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Yannexa Bravo, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Chloe Gao, Radha Blank, Regina King, Autumn de Wilde.
Met Gala 2022 – The Gilded Age
Traditionally, the Met Gala is accompanied by a leading theme that must be included in the design of the invited guests. Last year, the topic was “American Independence”. This year, clothing must meet two conditions: indicate “gilded glitter” and “white tie.” Gilded Glitter alludes to the Gilded Age, the Gilded Age, and the period in American history between the end of the Civil War and the first decade of the 20th century. On the other hand, the term “white tie” is a term denoting the most festive evening dress (for men a tail-coat, for women – an evening dress on the floor, complemented by elbow-length gloves, as well as a tiara or crown) .
Of course, the tradition of the Met Gala is that hardly anyone takes the leitmotif literally, and fashion designers prepare their own interpretations of the main theme especially for their stars. After all, this is one of the few occasions of the year to parade avant-garde, extravagant, and hand-stitched catwalk fashion.
For another year in a row, the president of the American version of Vogue, Anna Wintour, worked to create the Chanel fashion house. One of the most important figures in fashion history was one of the first stars to appear on the famous 154 steps at the New York Museum.
Met Gala 2022 – the most interesting styles
On the red carpet, before the ball started, stars and celebrities tried in various ways to attract the attention of photojournalists. Nevertheless, it was easy to get acquainted with the prevailing trends that often refer to the fashion of the second half of the nineteenth century in an interesting way. In New York, which was prosperous at the time, wealthy American women chose a variety of textile fabrics. This wealth was used mainly by fashion designers who created outfits for the stars of Ball Monday. There were light, tulle and transparent dresses with a huge variety of embroidery and various ornaments. They were also made of heavy traditional fabrics. But the imagination of designers did not stop at the end of the day: some stars appeared in dresses made of chains or threads of pearls. The silver dress of supermodel Kai Gerber by Alexander McQueen attracted attention not only with its beautiful hollows and floral embellishments, but also with its silver fringes.
The New Yorker’s Alicia Keys doesn’t let you forget where she came from. Ralph Lauren, also a New Yorker, created a costume combined with a robe on which a panorama of Manhattan skyscrapers was created. More than 30,000 crystals were used to implement the entire project. Actress Blake Lively also had New York themes in her design. A dress from the house of Versace had a corset with embellishments reminiscent of the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station. On the red carpet, Lively appeared alongside husband Ryan Reynolds. The waist was decorated with a huge pink bow. As I climbed the stairs, the arch opened and the turquoise wrap around the actress’ waist appeared. This is how the tailors referred to the Statue of Liberty. The vitality also had a crown reminiscent of a famous monument.
One prominent American designer, Joseph Altuzarra, sewed a dress for the former US first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other things, a burgundy outfit with a shape strongly reminiscent of those from more than a century ago, but whose edges are embroidered with the names of American women who were a source of inspiration. for the politician. Some craftsmanship in relation to the theme can be seen in the Gucci outfit that Billie Eilish was wearing. The singer’s pastel dress was made from ready-made materials from which the previous collections were made. The idea was not to produce more fabrics. As Eilish said, she wanted her dress to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Prabal Gurugn, created to star with Recycled fabrics. Actress Emma Stone wore a Louis Vuitton wedding dress. Emily Ratajkowski in a Gianni Versace dress from his Spring/Summer 1992 collection. Kim Kardashian, who made her public debut with partner Pete Davidson, wore a Marilyn Monroe dress, in which the legendary Hollywood star sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in May 1962. In an interview with Vogue magazine, Kardashian admitted that she would lose more than seven kilograms for this dress.Ye’s ex-wife (also known as Kanye West, who changed her personal name to Ye) dyed blonde for the occasion.
Different patterns can be combined in different ways. For example, in terms of color: strong fuchsia became the dominant motif of the designs of the fashion house Valentino (both for women – Nicola Peltz Beckham or Glenn Close, and for men – Sebastian Stan), gold and silver in the creations of the fashion house Versace (Amber Valletta, Cardi B.) , a beautiful classic white by Tom Ford (Emma Stone, Julianne Moore) or black, which Prada especially honored (Kendall Jenner, Priscilla Presley or Austin Butler looked amazing).
One of the few stars to opt for the fluorescent yellow was Gwen Stefani, and she was restyled by Vera Wang. However, the entire show was stolen by model and actress Cara Delevingne, who took on the golden age in every sense of the word. On the red carpet, she presented herself in a burgundy suit, at one point she took off her jacket and everyone saw Dolphin’s bare, gold-plated torso with covered nipples. With her design, Delavigne follows the trend of men wearing a jacket over the bare body.
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