The Met 2022: An Analysis of the Theme ‘Gilded Glamour and White Tie’, and Who were the Ones Who Followed the Theme and Understood the Assignment?

The first Monday of May has come and gone, and so has the biggest fashion event of the year. Most people did not follow the theme like always. But the theme of this year was not vague, and it was specific. My other favorite theme was Heavenly Bodies. Thanks to social media, I know what I will be doing on the first Monday of May.
Every year I watch the Met Gala looks of celebrities( Even Elon Musk came this time). I watched the after-party looks on the YT channel of Vogue and other Youtube News-based channels. I watched the interviews of all the celebrities, searched about the theme, and formed an opinion. No matter how outrageously extravagant and absurd it is. But it still is fun and a guilty pleasure to see rich people spend their millions on an outfit for one day. They even plan these outfits, the accessories, the makeup, the shoes, and everything else months before the event. They have multiple fittings weeks before to ensure that, there is no problem on the main day. On YT channels, they even have “get-ready with Emma Chamberlain, Vanessa Hudgens”, and many other celebrities who attended the Met Gala. To get an insight into the vision of the designer. However, most people did not follow it (including Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue and the co-chair of the ball, but I cannot write about this for sure as I could not find a reference image), which is surprising. As they have the resources, the money, and they spend a hell amount of time deciding the outfit before the event happens and end up missing what the theme means. But I have written about those who understood the assignment and nailed it.

What is the Metropolitan Opera Gala

The Met Gala was started in 1948 by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert to raise funds for the newly established Costume Institute’s annual display. The first gala was a banquet with tickets costing $50 apiece. The Gala was one of many yearly benefits hosted for New York charity institutions over the first few decades of its existence. The Gala was only for New York High Society members. The Gala began to evolve into a more international and elegant affair when Diana Vreeland became a consultant to the Costume Institute in 1972, albeit it was still focused on the society set. The event began to attract more high-profile celebrities. In 1973, she introduced themes that made the event all the more interesting.

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The Met Ball or The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala held in New York City for the benefit of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is widely recognized as the most prominent fashion event in the world, and invitations are in high demand. The event, presented by American fashion magazine Vogue, is open to celebrities from a variety of fields, and social media, including fashion, theater, cinema, tv, music, business, sports, and politics.

Hosts of The Met Gala 2022

Vogue announced on March 17 that Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as official co-chairs for the 2022 edition, while designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour will serve as honorary co-chairs. Since 1995, Anna Wintour has led the Met Gala, transforming it into the well-known annual fashion event it is today.

The Met Gala 2022 Theme: Explained

In America: An Anthology of Fashion, the subject for the 2022 Met Gala, is based on the foundations of American style and honors unsung champions of American design. The Met Gala 2022 took place in New York City on, May 2nd, 2022. It marks the conclusion of the second section of a two-part Costume Institute display. The first, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, premiered on September 18, following the Met Gala 2021 on September 13. With live updates from inside the Met Gala, you can follow all of the activities on the red carpet on Vogue’s Youtube Channel.

Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner coined the term “Gilded Age” in their 1873 novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. It’s a satirical look at land speculation, greed, and political corruption. I am adding pictures of the Gilded Age, so you can know what should be the inspiration for this year’s theme.

The Gilded Age was a period in American history that lasted roughly from 1870 to 1900. This is where so many people failed. They wore outfits that referenced other eras. Many people wore outfits that were inspired by 1940s or 1970s America. However, it was a period of great economic expansion, particularly in the northern and western parts of the United States. The time saw an influx of millions of European immigrants as American salaries were substantially higher than those in Europe, especially for skilled workers, and industrialization necessitated an ever-increasing unskilled labor force. In all, it was a time of wealth and opulence. Some families like the Rockefellers and the Fords are wealthy to this date. “The Gilded Age” was also particularly hard for the working class.

In the late 1800s, women’s clothing became more elaborate due to advanced technology. The fabric got cheaper, and the design became better. The dresses became more colorful. They had lace, fringe, bows, embroidery, ruffles, and other designs. Women’s dresses had bustles. The bustle is associated with the Gilded Age, which emphasizes the backside of women (yes, you read right, this used to happen for real). Interestingly, the bustle came in fashion, then it was gone, and then it came back until it was gone for good but only to be replaced with something that somehow made women’s clothing more uncomfortable and something only for the male gaze. In between, women wore clothes that let women appear in their naturally curved bodies. In the 1890s, the S-shaped figure came. Men wore these lounge jackets (long and short), that set them apart from the rest of the eras. Men also experimented with hats, neckwear, pocket watches, and facial hair. Imagine Mr. Monopoly. In the 1950s, clothes that were similar to the Gilded Age came back that focused on women’s form. Though, not the same. Honestly, there are many things I can write according to my research but let’s now talk about the Met.

Fashion Designers have taken inspiration and created collections from the Gilded Age before. But somehow at the Met Gala, it was not the same. Many websites that have mentioned this year’s Met Gala theme, have quoted the wrong era, like the Regency Era. But now you know, and after so much research I do too. Understandably, no one has the time nor the energy to focus on all of these. One Pinterest dive, and you will know what is Gilded Age all about. Of course, they do not even need to copy the looks, as this is a white tie affair.

Also, I really missed Rihanna, she at least understands the theme and brings the extra in extravagance.

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Celebrities and Other Invitees Who Understood the Assignment

Nikola Couglan or Lady Whistledown

I have attempted to cover as much as I could, but the event was attended by 100s of people (600 to 700), so it was not possible to cover all the celebrities who followed the theme.
Thanks for reading this article. This was experimental and based on interest and research.

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  1. Vogue’s Youtube Channel

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