The Met Gala is like the Halloween of fashion-forward folks. The Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute hosts a fundraiser gala where the most privileged and prominent people get invited to show off their best interpretation of the annual dress code. The Met Gala 2022 theme is “gilded glamour” to celebrate the Gilded Age period. It’s all about old money glamour, excess and over-the-top ateliers. Sadly, many of this year’s invitees missed the mark – they either put on costumes from the wrong era or ignored the theme altogether (looking at you, Louis Vuitton crew!). Thankfully, we have these ten looks that saved this year’s, Met Gala. They’re on theme, well put together, and most importantly, ultra-gorgeous. Without further ado, let’s check them out!
- Blake Lively
By: Atelier Versace (gown), Lorraine Schwartz (jewellery)
Undoubtedly the star of the night, Blake Lively, dazzled in this custom piece by Versace. The story behind it made the gown extra special: Blake first arrived in this copper gown (pictured) only to unfurl the bow on her waist and reveal a turquoise-coloured train. The design was inspired by the Statue of Liberty’s changing colour. The New York landmark was copper-brown when it was first unveiled on Ellis Island. After years, it gradually oxidized into the green that it is now. This tribute is apt since New York City was pretty much the capital city of the Gilded Age.
- Shawn Mendes
By: Tommy Hilfiger
Looking every inch of the dashing prince, Shawn Mendes was bedecked in Tommy Hilfiger’s signature red and blue, from his coat to his nail arts. The Senorita singer took inspiration from the gentlemen’s wear of the era, a three-piece suit with raised collar. The only thing missing was a top hat, and he would’ve looked like he walked straight out of Metropolitan Opera in the 1880s.
- Nicola Coughlan
By: Richard Quinn (gown), Swarovski (jewellery)
The Bridgerton star ingeniously combined the Gilded Age’s signature corset and bustier gown with a nod to her character on the Netflix series. Her black-pink dress was accentuated with fluttering feathers, a nod to Penelope Featherington that she played on the show. She completed her look at the Met Gala 2022 with a Swarovski bracelet, adding spark to her luminous look.
- Jessica Chastain
The recent Oscar winner had an interesting take on the Gilded Age. While others opted for the classic interpretation (when they weren’t ignoring the theme), Jessica went for an old Hollywood tribute to the motion picture Sunset Boulevard. Although a tad fashion-forward for the theme, she looked ravishingly regal in the deep red sequined dress. The snake motif and hair cap were signatures of the art deco aesthetic from the classic film. Gucci’s latest collection often featured the snake, giving it a distinctive flair.
By: Thom Browne
Who says a corset is only for one body type? Lizzo proved that her curve could pull off a unique twist on the corset gown in this Thom Browne number. Completing her Met Gala 2022 look with a gold embroidered cape and gold neck rings inspired by her African heritage, the rapper looked divinely regal. Not stopping there, Lizzo stopped to perform a flute number on the red carpet. A show-stopping appearance indeed!
- Meghan Thee Stallion
Well, the photo speaks for itself. Appearing alongside Moschino’s creative director Jeremy Scott, the Savage rapper was decked in the fashion house’s dramatically gilded gold sequin dress. The winged sleeves added a Grecian goddess touch to her ensemble. The over-the-top look is perhaps inspired by the way Gilded Age millionaires decorated their homes during that time – spare no expense lavishness inspired by the great palaces of Europe. Meghan added a touch of her sensuality with the thigh-high slit and chrome makeup.
- Olivia Rodrigo
By: Versace (gown), De Beers (jewellery)
The purple glittery dress was, at a glance, not very Gilded Age-y. But once you look at the neckline and sleeves, it gives a gilded glamour deja vu – the loosely cascading neckline was very prevalent in ladies’ fashion of the era. Olivia completed the look with sheer purple gloves and matching heels, but the highlight of the ensemble was her dreamy hairstyle – elegantly girly with a pair of oversized butterfly hairpieces.
- Dove Cameron
By: Iris van Herpen (gown), Le Silla (heels)
If the look appeared confusing at first, it was the intended effect. The Descendants actress’s Iris van Herpen dress paid homage to the inner structure of a Gilded Age dress, which had to be supported by a contraption to look inflated the way they did. The white structure attached to her skirt and arms resembled the contraption. It was a commentary on the hassle that society ladies of the past had to contend with daily, which earned this outlandish dress more points in our book!
- Billie Eilish
By: Gucci (gown), Jimmy Choo (boots)
The bad guy songstress stayed true to the theme with a faithful recreation of a typical Gilded Age gown. The pear-shaped frock, chest floral accent and ribbon choker were all hallmarks of the era’s fashion. Someone even found a portrait from the era that was identical to the nude Gucci number she wore. She completed her transformation into an 1880s lady with her updo, although the messy styling ruined the look.
- Kaia Gerber
By: Alexander McQueen
The young supermodel arrived at her inaugural Met Gala in a sheer McQueen number that screamed glamour and boho chic at the same time. The silver lace on her dress gave off a charming old-world vibe, and the cutting fit her perfectly. Like Olivia Rodrigo, Kaia styled her hair with girlish accessories like a young debutante out on her first ball.
That concludes our Top 10 picks of the looks of the night. Now let us know your favourite in the comments below!