At this year’s Met Gala, a grand total of 57 attendees walked the red carpet for the first time—but perhaps the most surprising debut of all came courtesy of Glenn Close. Yes, you heard that right: The legendary actor of stage and screen, who has famously been nominated for eight Oscars over her four-decade career, had never attended the Met Gala before last night. “I never thought I would come to the Met Gala, because it was too intimidating!” Close tells Vogue. “I’m basically very shy.”
For fashion’s biggest night out, Close teamed up with Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino for a show-stopping look that was head-to-toe hot pink. (Or, as Valentino fans will know, “Pink PP,” the bold fuchsia hue the Italian house developed with Pantone for their fall 2022 collection.) Consisting of a sleek blouse, tailored pants, and opera gloves, the outfit was topped off with a dramatic cape covered in swirling embroidery. “I have to say, this is kind of comfortably out of my comfort zone,” Close says while getting ready for the big night. “I live in Bozeman, Montana, and we do not wear clothes like this in Bozeman, to say the least! So this is very special.”
Glenn Close and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Photo: Getty
For Close, attending the Met Gala with Piccioli came with its own set of responsibilities. Namely, that she would do her utmost to bring his grandest sartorial visions to life. “It’s a very collaborative art, what we do,” she says of the process behind developing the look. “My mindset coming here is to be Pierpaolo’s muse, and hopefully as best as I can fulfill his vision of what tonight means. So I’m really his humble servant, and I’m very honored to be on his arm.” The admiration is clearly mutual, with Piccioli noting that he was particularly keen to dress Close for a night celebrating American fashion due to her status as an “American legend.”
Glenn Close. Photo: Getty
Still, Close couldn’t go through the night without adding a touch of her signature dry humor. When someone asks where she’s going in the outfit, she deadpans: “I’m going to the grocery store.” Here, join Close as she gets ready for her very first Met Gala.
Originally published in Vogue.com
Last year, Kim Kardashian arrived at the Met Gala without a face. This year, she arrived on the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps with her boyfriend, Pete Davidson.
It was rumored that Kardashian would honor the 2022 Met Gala’s ‘Gilded Glamour’ theme by wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ dress—and the rumors were right: Kardashian not only wore the iconic beaded gown, she arrived with dyed blonde hair, too.
The dress, originally designed by Jean Louis, is technically the most expensive gown in the world. It was sold to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in 2016 for nearly $5 million by Julien’s Auction. When it’s not being worn by Kardashian, it is housed at the Orlando, Florida-based Ripley’s museum.
Kardashian previously told Access Hollywood that the dress could not be altered, meaning that rather than have dress fit to her, she had to fit to the dress. According to People, Marilyn Monroe was originally sewn into the dress when she performed for JFK in 1962.
Kim styled the dress with a white fur coat worn off the shoulders, and her boyfriend Pete, who wore sunglasses.
The 2022 Met Gala is being co-hosted by Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. This year celebrates one of the most elegant and lavish eras in American fashion and serves as a glitzy follow-up to last year’s theme, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. Both parts of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibit will be open to the public from May 7 until September 5, 2022.
Just two days before fashion’s biggest event of the year, Kim Kardashian wore another glamorous gown by Balenciaga to the White House Correspondents dinner. Instead of using the Met Gala as an excuse to make her red carpet debut with Davidson, the Saturday Night Live comedian joined her in Washington D.C. wearing a velvet Prada suit, sunglasses, and vans.
The pair kept the PDA much more low-key than, let’s say, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker, but there were a lot of smiles and hand-holding inside the event, as you can see by Kardashian’s Instagram post. According to reports, Kardashian and Davidson “swanned” into the ballroom over an hour and a half after the dinner began, “as the catering staff struggled to get entrees served to almost 3,000 guests.”
We definitely look forward to seeing what she posts from inside the 2022 Met Gala. Stay tuned.
Originally published in Glamour.com
The 2022 Met Gala, otherwise known as the First Monday in May, is back once again! After being canceled in 2020 and held in September last year, the glitzy event returned to its usual time slot this year. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the event saw A-list celebrities descend upon the red carpet in celebration of the museum’s new exhibition, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which will serve as an exploration of American fashion. The display was presented across 13 of the American period rooms in the museum, and featured design works from Bill Blass, Brooks Brothers, Lloyd Kiva New, and more.
On the red carpet, meanwhile, well-clad stars did their best to take on the Gilded Glamour, White Tie dress code, where they were encouraged to approach late 19th-century clothing through a modern lens. Given the step and repeat is one of the most-photographed in the world, one could expect the many actors, models, singers, and designers in attendance to bring their fashion A-game to the Met Gala. After all, it has a long history of creating memorable outfits that are seen around the globe—and this year was certainly no different.
As for who was on the guest list this times? The official co-chairs this year included Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and attendees included Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Kate Moss, and many more.
Below, scroll through some of the best 2022 Met Gala red carpet looks.
Bella Hadid in Burberry. Photo: Getty
Pete Davidson in Dior Men and Kim Kardashian. Photo: Getty
Nicki Minaj in Burberry. Photo: Getty
Lily James. Photo: Getty
Gabrielle Union in Versace. Photo: Getty
Erykah Badu and Francesco Risso. Photo: Getty
Katy Perry in Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Getty
Karlie Kloss in Givenchy. Photo: Getty
Lizzo in Thom Browne. Photo: Getty
Sara Sampaio in Michael Kors. Photo: Getty
Kendall Jenner in Prada. Photo: Getty
Cardi B in Versace. Photo: Getty
Kylie Jenner in Off-White. Photo: Getty
Molly Sims. Photo: Getty
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker in Thom Browne. Photo: Getty
Kerry Washington in Tory Burch. Photo: Getty
Nicola Peltz-Beckham in Valentino. Photo: Getty
Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture. Photo: Getty
Kiki Layne in Atelier Prabal Gurung. Photo: Getty
Khloé Kardashian in Moschino. Photo: Getty
Gwen Stefani in Vera Wang. Photo: Getty
Addison Rae. Photo: Getty
Taylor Hill. Photo: Getty
Emily Ratajkowski in Altelier Versace. Photo: Getty
Lily Aldridge in Khaite. Photo: Getty
Simone Ashley in Moschino. Photo: Getty
Chloe Bailey. Photo: Getty
Naomi Campbell in Burberry. Photo: Getty
Kate Moss. Photo: Getty
Christine Baranski. Photo: Getty
Eva Chen in Peter Do. Photo: Getty
Gigi Hadid in Versace. Photo: Getty
Hailey Bieber in Saint Laurent. Photo: Getty
Irina Shayk in Burberry. Photo: Getty
Miranda Kerr in Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Getty
Dakota Johnson in Gucci. Photo: Getty
Jessica Chastain in Gucci. Photo: Getty
Jacob Elordi. Photo: Getty
Anitta in Moschino. Photo: Getty
Denée Benton. Photo: Getty
Madelaine Petsch in Moschino. Photo: Getty
Sabrina Carpenter in Paco Rabanne. Photo: Getty
Megan Thee Stallion in Moschino. Photo: Getty
Regé-Jean Page. Photo: Getty
Winnie Harlow in Iris van Herpen. Photo: Getty
Nicola Coughlan in Richard Quinn. Photo: Getty
Billie Eilish in Gucci. Photo: Getty
Teyana Taylor in Iris van Herpen. Photo: Getty
Amber Valetta. Photo: Getty
Kaia Gerber. Photo: Getty
Tom Ford. Photo: Getty
Vlake Lively. Photo: Getty
Anna Wintour. Photo: Getty
Vanessa Hudgens. Photo: Getty
Mindy Kaling. Photo: Getty
Precious Lee. Photo: Getty
Kris Jenner in Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Getty
Daisy Edgar-Jones in Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Getty
Carey Mulligan in Schiaparelli Haute Couture. Photo: Getty
Alexa Chung. Photo: Getty
Bradley Cooper. Photo: Getty
Hoyeon Jung in Louis Vuitton. Photo: Getty
Chloe Fineman. Photo: Getty
Hillary Clinton in Altuzarra. Photo: Getty
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness in Tom Ford. Photo: Getty
Alicia Keys. Photo: Getty
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. Photo: Getty
Riz Ahmed. Photo: Getty
Camila Cabello. Photo: Getty
Originally published in Vogue.com
When it comes to the Met Gala, Sarah Jessica Parker has always understood the assignment. No matter what the theme or dress code is, the stylish star has consistently shown up to the annual event’s red carpet dressed to the nines. “Whenever I go to the Met, I don’t understand how everyone else didn’t spend 7 to 10 months working on it,” Parker tells Vogue. “The assignment is the theme, and you should interpret it. It should be labor-intensive and challenging.” In a new video, Parker sat down with Vogue to revisit some of the stories behind her memorable (and on-theme!) looks.
Parker’s first Met Gala was back in 1995 when she attended the “Haute Couture” theme in a black thrifted dress. Yet, as the years went on, the affair became much more theatrical and a spectacle—and so did her ensembles. Take 2006, when she attended the “Anglomania” exhibition with the late designer Alexander McQueen while wearing a tartan and tulle creation. “When I was invited, I said out loud, ‘I wish I could go with Lee’—we called him Lee,” Parker explains. “Everybody loved him because he was such a touching person. I have every pin that he dropped from his mouth and everything he cut off from our fittings in my possession still.”
Some highlights over the years for Parker included the glitzy, Studio 54-like Halston dress she wore to the 2010 “American Woman” exhibition. “Halston was so American,” says Parker. She also fondly remembers the Oscar de la Renta gown she wore in 2014 for the Charles James exhibition. “This was the last public dress he ever built, to my knowledge. The [lattice train] idea came out of the boning and underpinnings of Charles James,” says Parker, who also asked if de la Renta would embroider his name onto the train in a dramatic scarlet hue. “He was so happy to have been talked into it,” says Parker. “He never would have done it on his own, because that would have been so immodest of him.”
Equally as iconic are the many dazzling headpieces she’s worn over the years. For 2013’s “Punk” theme, she wore a Giles Deacon dress with a Phillip Treacy mohawk headpiece. “I’m not going to say that it’s my favorite, but it’s pretty close,” says Parker of the look. “I had to sit on the floor [of the car] to get to the Met—because the headpiece did not fit if I sat in a seat.” For 2015’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibition, she wore an SJP x H&M dress with another Phillip Treacy headpiece, this time crafted into a giant flame. “The headpiece had traveled from the U.K., and it arrived in customs, but it wasn’t in our possession—and it was Sunday,” remembers Parker. “We had no assurance it was going to be in our hands by Monday.” More recently, in 2018, she wore a Dolce & Gabbana gown for the “Heavenly Bodies” theme with a towering, ornate millinery accessory. “That headpiece was unbelievable and it was no heavier than [a pen,]” says Parker. “It was very Italian—marching through Naples with that on your head is not uncommon.”
Originally published in Vogue.com
Read Next: Met Gala 2022 Dress Code, Hosts, Guests, and More: Everything To Know About Fashion’s Biggest Night
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. Even though only eight months will have passed since Kim Kardashian climbed the Met steps in her Balenciaga mask by then, this year’s ceremony will take place on May 2—a return to the event’s traditional first Monday in May slot after two years of COVID chaos.
Below, everything you need to know about the 2022 Met Gala.
When is the Met Gala 2022?
The 2022 Met Gala will take place on Monday, May 2, in New York City. It celebrates the second volume in a two-part Costume Institute exhibition. The first, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opened on September 18, and was preceded by the 2021 Met Gala on September 13.
What is the Met Gala 2022 theme?
The theme for part two is In America: An Anthology of Fashion, and the exhibition will see Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute, focus on inclusivity in fashion. “Who gets to be American?” was a question posed at Prabal Gurung’s spring/summer 2020 show, and it will be addressed at the Met Gala 2022, as well.
As for the exhibition, presented across 13 of the American period rooms in the museum, it “provides a historical context for Lexicon, in a way,” Bolton told Vogue. “The stories really reflect the evolution of American style, but they also explore the work of individual tailors, dress-makers, and designers,” he says. “What’s exciting for me is that some of the names will be very familiar to students of fashion, like Charles James, Halston, and Oscar de la Renta, but a lot of the other names really have been forgotten, overlooked or relegated into the footnotes of fashion history. So one of the main intentions of the exhibition is to spotlight the talents and contributions of these individuals, and many of them are women.”
Who will host the Met Gala 2022?
On March 17, Vogue announced that its 2022 hosts would include Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as the night’s official co-chairs, while designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour will continue as honorary co-chairs.
When did the Met Gala 2021 take place?
After the 2020 Met Gala was canceled due to the pandemic, the Costume Institute announced a two-part version for 2021 and 2022. The first exhibition, with a theme of In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opened on September 18, and the 2021 Met Gala itself—which was co-chaired by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka—took place five days earlier on September 13.
What was the Met Gala 2021 theme?
The theme for part one celebrated American designers, as well as cultural, political and social events that occurred during the pandemic. “The main one was the fact that the American fashion community has been supporting us for 75 years, really since the beginning of the Costume Institute, so I wanted to acknowledge its support, and also to celebrate and reflect upon American fashion,” Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue at the time. And he also felt it needed to be revisited (American Ingenuity in 1998 was the last big exhibition to cover the theme).
“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” Bolton said. “And I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective. I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a Renaissance. I think young designers, in particular, are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”
How can I watch the Met Gala 2022?
Last year, Vogue livestreamed the Met Gala on its website, beginning from 5:30pm EST. The coverage was hosted by actor and recording artist Keke Palmer, and actor, writer, and director Ilana Glazer, with the pair interviewing guests as they arrived on the Met Gala red carpet. Fashion fans can follow all the action on Vogue’s livestream once again for 2022.
Who were the hosts for the Met Gala 2021?
The event on September 13 was hosted by co-chairs Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka, and honorary chairs Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour. Due to pandemic guidelines, the celebrity-studded red carpet was a smaller affair than usual, with invites stipulating a dress code inspired by American Independence.
What is the Met Gala?
Organized and presided over by Anna Wintour since 1995, the Met Gala has become a much-loved annual celebration of fashion. Considered a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it has traditionally been timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Year after year, the event raises eight-figure sums; 2019’s edition raised a record $15 million.
What happens at the Met Gala?
In short: it’s a secret. For this reason, guests must abide by the no phone (and, therefore, no social media) policy. However, Kendall Jenner gave us a behind the scenes look at the Met Gala through her camera last year. The event usually involves a high-profile performer (like Rihanna), and guests always explore the gallery before sitting down together for dinner.
How many people attend the Met Gala?
The event usually hosts around 600 attendees, although a smaller number attended the 2021 Met Gala.
How much is a ticket to the Met Gala?
If you’re lucky enough to be on the guest list then you don’t pay to attend. If you’re not on the list, but have managed to secure a chance of attending, tickets are priced at around $30,000 each, with tables costing about $275,000.
Who is invited to the Met Gala?
Until the evening before the event, the guest list is top secret. But some of the biggest names in the business regularly attend – from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Madonna and Rihanna. More often than not, designers attend with their muses: think Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss, or Nicolas Ghesquière and Emma Stone.
What looks can we expect to see?
In keeping with the theme, look forward to a range of American talent represented, from the more established likes of Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Prabal Gurung, to the emerging, such as Pyer Moss, Christopher John Rogers and Vaquera.
Originally published in Vogue.com
Winona Ryder as May Welland in The Age of Innocence, set in the start of the Gilded Age. Photo: Everett Collection
At the bottom of the Met Gala invitations sent every spring is an inscription small in size but vital in importance: the dress code. In 2020, for “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” it was studied triviality. In 2021, for “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” it was American independence. And come May 2, 2022, for “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” it will be gilded glamour, white-tie.
Oh, yes. Dust off Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. The 2022 Met Gala will ask its attendees to embody the grandeur—and perhaps the dichotomy—of Gilded Age New York. The period, which stretched from 1870 to 1890 (Mark Twain is credited with coining the term in 1873), was one of unprecedented prosperity, cultural change, and industrialization, when both skyscrapers and fortunes seemingly arose overnight. Mrs. Astor and her 400 ruled polite society until the new-money Vanderbilts forced themselves in. Thomas Edison’s light bulb, patented in 1882, alit first The New York Times building and then the entire city. Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 telephone made communication instant—and created a demand for operators to man the lines, leading one of the first mass waves of women into the workplace. Wages skyrocketed past those in Europe (although, as Jacob Riis captured in How the Other Half Lives, far from everyone benefited). Architects McKim, Mead, and White built Beaux Arts buildings up and down Fifth Avenue, beautifying the city in the process. And in 1893, Vogue was founded with the mission of publishing the “point of view of the cultivated citizens of the world.” Original stockholders included Cornelius Vanderbilt, Peter Cooper Hewitt, and John E. Parsons—last names that still live on in New York to this day.
For the upper echelon, fashion during that period was one of excess. Thanks to recent innovations of electric and steam-powered looms, fabric became faster and cheaper to produce. As a result, women’s dresses often featured a combination of many textiles, like satin, silk, velvet, and fringe, all adorned with over-the-top textures like lace, bows, frills, and ruffles. (The unofficial edict? The more going on, the better.)
A dinner dress by Mme. Grapanache, dated from 1884–86. The Gilded Age design is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. Photo: Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Colors were rich and deep jewel tones. Lighter colors were only worn only at home, as they were impractical while walking in the streets of New York. Hats were a necessity when going out and often were adorned with feathers. (In fact, the Audubon Society was founded in 1895 in response to protecting birds from the millinery trade.) Corsets were commonplace, and in the 1870s to late 1880s, women embraced bustles to elongate their backsides—in fact, a commonly repeated conceit was that a bustle should be big enough to host an entire tea service. By the 1890s, however, they faded out of fashion, replaced by mutton sleeves, bell-shaped skirts, and pompadour hairstyles. This aesthetic was only further popularized by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, whose pen-and-ink illustrations of the hourglass Gibson Girl were tremendously popular in publications and advertisements.
That’s not to say that all Gilded Age fashion was formal. As leisure activities like bicycling and tennis became popular among the well-heeled set, sportswear, for the first time, became an integral part of one’s wardrobe. Many women adopted a shirtwaist ensemble—or a long skirt paired with a feminine blouse—which allowed for easier movement, as perhaps best exemplified by John Singer Sargent’s 1897 portrait of Gilded Age socialite Edith Minturn.
However parties, balls, and soirées brought out the most extravagant style this country has ever seen. The opera, which was often frequented by the upper echelon, had a strict dress code: Women put on tulle dresses exposing their décolletage, opulent fur-lined cloaks, and elbow-length gloves, while men donned top hats. The 1880s also saw the arrival of the tuxedo in America. (Urban legend has it that a man named James Potter wore the English-originated design to a country-club ball in Tuxedo Park—hence the suit style’s name.)
Outrageous costume parties thrown by the most talented hostesses of the day had frenzied and fantastical fashions. Take Alva K. Vanderbilt’s March 1883 event for her daughter, Consuelo, which became known as the most lavish celebration of the era. “The Vanderbilt ball has agitated New York society more than any social event that has occurred here in many years,” The New York Times wrote dramatically at the time. “Since the announcement that it would take place, which was made about a week before the beginning of Lent, scarcely anything else has been talked about.” Guests spent outlandish attention to detail—and amounts of money—on their outfits: Alice Claypoole Vanderbilt came dressed as an electric light bulb, which meant a white gown satin trimmed with diamonds, complete with a diamond headpiece and a light bulb as a jewelry accessory. Her sister, Mrs. Ada Smith, meanwhile, wore an outfit completely covered in peacock feathers, from the train to the fan. Another guest donned a black-and-cream-colored satin embroidered with gold stars, accompanied with a diamond necklace and hairpiece. (It’s no surprise that Fifth Avenue fine-jewelry house Tiffany began to thrive during this era.)
Time will only tell how the guests interpret the dress code for the 2022 Met Gala when they arrive to the storied museum on the first Monday in May. However, for those still mulling over their outfits—perhaps we should end on a quote, written about the endlessly ethereal Countess Olenska, from Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence: “Everything about her shimmered and glimmered softly, as if her dress had been woven out of candle-beams, and she carried her head high, like a pretty woman challenging a roomful of rivals.”
Originally published in Vogue.com