After two years, the Met Gala goes back to its traditional date
The 2022 edition of the fashion benefit will take place on the first Monday in May. Yes, on May 2, stars and notable personalities will once again present their chic interpretations of the gala’s theme which is “Gilded Glamor.” Think of Edith Wharton’s 1905 novel “The House of Mirth” and HBO’s drama series “The Gilded Age” because period style is what Met Gala 2022’s dress code is all about.
The theme for this year embodies the splendor of the late 19th-century dressing in New York. At that period, dressing is all about being flashy with bustles and textured pieces adorned with all sorts of embellishments.
“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,” Vogue’s Elise Taylor wrote. “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.”
Of course, the Met Gala comes with the opening of a new exhibition curated by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This time, the exhibition is the second part of last year’s showcase “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and will be showcased in 13 of the American period rooms in the museum.
According to Variety, the sophomore exhibit, dubbed “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will also feature the works of nine film directors, namely, Janicza Bravo, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Regina King, Martin Scorsese, Autumn de Wilde, Radha Blank, and Chloé Zhao.
“Part Two, which explores the foundations of American fashion in relation to the complex histories of the American Wing period rooms, serves as a preface to the concise dictionary of American fashion presented in Part One,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, said.
“In America: An Anthology of Fashion” will be open for public viewing on May 7. While Vogue will be livestreaming the gala on its social media platforms.
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