NEWYORK | It’s one of the most popular moves on the planet: the world of celebrity and fashion is taking place on Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum Gala in New York, an extravagant parade of stars for a philanthropic evening, after two editions disrupted by the pandemic.
Hunter shepherd in 2021
The Met Gala will once again provoke a flood of images of stars dressed by big brands in chic, glamorous, implausible outfits or carrying political messages on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dress code 2022 of this party that is among the pickiest in the world? “Gilded Glamour”, words referring to the “Gilded Age”, the American golden age of the late 19th century.
“TAX THE RICH”
For the 2021 edition, which was postponed to September due to the pandemic – following a total cancellation in 2020 – the show was performed by American singer Billie Eilish, who transformed into Marylin Monroe with platinum blonde hair and a dress with a peachy train.
The muse of the American left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also caused a stir with her ivory dress, designed by Brooklyn designer Aurora James, which was crossed out in red letters to the words “TAX THE RICH”.
In pure American philanthropic tradition, the evening, held on the first Monday in May, serves to fund the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion department (The Costume Institute) and coincides with its major annual exhibition, which is presented in the morning to the press before the wife of the President of the United States, Jill Biden. This year, make way for an American “fashion anthology,” a retrospective that begins in the 19th century.
Kim Kardashian in 2021
But to toast with stars like artists Beyoncé, Justin Bieber or Lil Nas X, poet Amanda Gorman, YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, the Williams sisters, Sharon Stone and even Elon Musk, you need to see your invitation confirmed by the high Priestess of the Event Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.
A formality for Rihanna, whose fans are hoping for a round-bellied appearance as a mother-to-be.
Even invited, the ticket is expensive: $35,000 for a seat at dinner, $200,000 to $300,000 for the table a guest pays, according to unofficial figures for 2021. That’s a total of more than $16 million, according to estimates.
The event takes place as journalists and editors Fashion and other Condé Nast group titles (GQ, Vanity Fair, Glamour, etc.) started a movement to create a union, which they commemorated on social media with a Vogue cover photo: “Met Gala 2022, the longest night for workers “.
Jennifer Lopez in 2021
All eccentricities are possible on the steps. In 2019, singer and actor Billy Porter appeared as the sun god, spreading golden wings and carried by men with muscular torsos.
But who goes with Lady Gaga and her striptease, which started in a big fuchsia dress and ended in black lingerie, laying on the steps?
Established in 1948, the gala was long reserved for New York’s high society, but was transformed into a “people” event adapted to the social media era by Anna Wintour, who took over in 1995. . Alongside Anna Wintour and stylist Tom Ford, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri was also named honorary co-president this year.
The evening itself will be hosted by a quartet of stars: actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Oscar winner Regina King and comedian and musician Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway hit Hamilton and author of several Disney scores.