After having climbed the most exclusive steps on the planet, stars and international celebrities met on Monday evening at the gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York an extravagant philanthropic evening, after two editions disrupted by the covid-19 pandemic.
In the heart of Manhattan, the iconic annual party once again brought together hundreds of celebrities dressed by major brands, in glamorous, improbable outfits or with political messages. New York City Mayor Eric Adams arrived in an embellished jacket with his “End Gun Violence” campaign slogan on his back in a crime-ridden city.
The slogan for 2022? “Gilded Glamour”, alluding to the so-called “Gilded Age”, the golden age of the United States at the end of the 19th century.
Blake Lively, for Versace
the co-host Blake Lively she was one of the first stars to dazzle in a beaded Versace dress with a huge satin bow that unfurled to reveal a pale blue train.
The actress, whose husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, wore a brown velvet tuxedo, described the dress as a “homage” to New York’s architecture, including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
The list of 400 stars in fashion, music, film, politics and business, especially American, was kept secret until the last moment and includes figures such as Beyoncé, billie elishJustin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo and Glenn Close.
From Elon Musk to Hillary Clinton
The richest man in the world, Elon Muskpromised on the carpet to make Twitter the “most inclusive” social network possible, while Hillary Clinton praised the “spirit of the United States” that emanated from the gala.
Anna Wintour for Chanel
The eternal CEO of Vogue, Anna Wintourshone in a dress switchI. It is she, the high priestess of the event, who validates the invitations to the gala.
The ticket for the prestigious gala is expensive: $35,000 for a seat at dinner, $200,000 to $300,000 for a table paid for by a customerbased on unofficial numbers for 2021. An estimated total of $16 million.
Jill Biden opened the show
In the purest American philanthropic tradition, the evening, started in 1948 and traditionally organized on the first Monday of May, is intended to finance the fashion department of the Met (The Costume Institute), and coincides with its main annual exhibition.
The exhibition was presented to the press on Monday in front of the first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, who saw it as “a celebration of the designers and fashion who have shaped the true identity of the United States”.
The exhibition includes an American “Anthology of Fashion”, a retrospective from the 19th to the 20th century of a hundred exceptional garments, reinterpreted in an original way by directors and designers such as Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese or Tom Ford.
The event comes at a time when journalists and editors at Vogue and others from the Condé Nast group of international publications (like GQ, Vanity Fair and Glamour) have launched a movement to create a union, which they recalled on social media with the phrase “Met Gala 2022 the longest working night” on a cover of Vogue.
Fewer quirks on the red carpet
On the red carpet fewer eccentricities were observed compared to previous years. In 2019, singer and actor Billy Porter appeared as the Sun God, spreading golden wings and carried by men with muscular torsos. And no one could match Lady Gaga and her striptease that started with a stunning fuchsia dress and ended with black lingerie.
However, kim kardashianwho appeared dressed entirely in black, even covering her face, last September closed the show with a bang: with her platinum hair pulled back, she wore a bright beige dress, mimicking the one she wore Marilyn Monroe in his famous song “Happy Birthday Mr. President”, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the death of the world icon.
The history of the Met Gala
Created in 1948, the gala has long been reserved for the very high society of New York. But Anna Wintourin charge since 1995, ensures that turned it into a celebrity event, adapted to the era of social networks. This year, the title of honorary co-president was also offered to Instagram boss Adam Mosseri, alongside Wintour and Tom Ford.
The evening was co-hosted this year by a quartet of stars: the actor couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynoldss, Oscar-winning actress Regina King and comedian and musician Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” and author of several Disney musicals.