Best Dressed: Met Gala 2022

For some, fashion represents necessity or frivilousness. For others, it’s a representation of who we are – the past, the present and the future. Clothing can show us so much about who we are as a person, the cultures we come from, those we admire, and what we aspire to. That juxtoposition may be even more apparent on the First Monday in May, the day of the famed Met Gala. I imagine some people might see photos of the event and think it’s ridiculous that celebrities dressing up and walking the red carpet gets called fashions biggest night. But, if you know the meaning behind it, you know it’s so much more than just celebrities and beautiful clothing.

The Met Gala always coincides with the launch of a new fashion exhibit at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum, and is hosted by Vogue magazine. The event is a fundraiser for the Met’s Costume Institute (tables cost upwards of $300k). The theme of the exhibit always ties into the theme of the gala. This year’s theme was “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” with the dress code being gilded glamour and white tie (the most formal of formal). The clothing is supposed to tell a story. For example, 2022 Met Gala host Blake Lively’s look represents the early skysrapers of Manhattan and the patina of the Statue of Liberty. Janelle Monae’s black and white look is a representation of her working class upbringing, plus a mix of the Gilded Age, her personality and the future. Jessica Chastains regal look pays homage to an actress of the gilded era, Sarah Berhardt.

There is a saying trending these days, “they understood the assignment.” It can be used in many ways, but essentially it alludes to the fact that the person in question knew exactly what to do for the topic at hand. Sadly, most of the Met Gala attendees didn’t seem to understand the assignment. That means their stylists and designers didn’t either. The Gilded Age, according to online dictionaries, was a period in American history from about 1870 to 1900, during which rapid industrialization, a labor pool swelled by immigration, and minimal governmental regulation allowed the upper classes to accumulate great wealth and enjoy opulent lifestyles. It was America’s version of the Victorian era. It was not the Roaring 20’s, nor was it Rococo (Marie Antoinette’s era), and it defintiely wasn’t Hollywood glamour. As you look through my list of best dressed, you’ll see quickly who did and didn’t understand the assignment. SJP, Taylor Hill and Blake Lively totally understood it. In fact they all get A+ marks in my book. While many stars stretched the interpretation of the theme, let’s be honest, they still looked great. Below are my picks for best dressed at the 2022 Met Gala. (With a 500 person guest list, my list is long too! I starred those I think understood the assignment.)

The Women

Sarah Jessica Parket Met Gala 2022
*Sarah Jessica Parker in Christopher John Rogers & Phillip Tracy fascinator
Lucy Boynton Met Gala 2022
Lucy Boynton
Julianne Moore Met Gala 2022
Julianne Moore in Tom Ford
Eiza Gonzalex Met Gala 2022
Eiza Gonzalez in Michael Kors
Chloe Grace Moretz Met Gala 2022
*Chloe Grace Moretz in Louis Vuitton
Rosalia Met Gala 2022
*Rosalia in Givenchy
Kaia Gerber Met Gala 2022
Kaia Gerber in Alexander McQueen
Blake Lively Met Gala 2022
*Blake Lively in Versace
Jodie Turner Smith Met Gala 2022
Jodie Turner-Smith in Gucci
Molly Sims Met Gala 2022
*Molly Sims in Monique Lhuillier
Tessa Thomspon Met Gala 2022
Tessa Thompson in Carolina Herrera
Anna WIntour Met Gala 2022
Anna Wintour in Chanel
Nicola Coughlan Met Gala 2022
*Nicola Coughlan
Ashley Park Met Gala 2022
*Ashley Park in Atelier Prabal Gurung
Awkwafina Met Gala 2022
*Awkwafina in Gucci
Jessica Chastain Met Gala 2022
*Jessica Chastain in Gucci
Dakota Johnson Met Gala 2022
Dakota Johnson in Gucci
Alicia Keys Met Gala 2022
Alicia Keys in Ralph Lauren & Tiffany Jewelry
Laura Harrier 2022 Met Gala
*Laura Harrier
Janelle Monae Met Gala 2022
Janelle Monae in Ralph Lauren
Maude Apatow 2022 Met Gala
*Maude Apatow in Miu Miu
Normani 2022 Met Gala
*Normani in Christian Siriano
Vanessa Hudgens 2022 Met Gala
*Vanessa Hudgens in Moschino
Christine Baranski 2022 Met Gala
*Christine Baransi in Thom Browne
Simone Ashley 2022 Met Gala
*Simone Ashley in Moschino & DeBeers Jewelry
Carey Mulligan 2022 Met Gala
*Carey Mulligan in Schiaparelli
Khloe Kardashian 2022 Met Gala
Khloe Kardashian in Moschino
Ariana Debose 2022 Met Gala
*Ariana DeBose in Moschino
Camila Mendes 2022 Met Gala
*Camila Mendes in Ami
Cardi B 2022 Met Gala
Cardi B in Atelier Versace
Amber Valletta in Azzaro
Amber Valletta in Azzaro
Madelaine Petsch 2022 Met Gala
*Madelaine Petsch in Moschino
Iris Law Met Gala
Iris Law
Anitta Met Gala 2022
*Anitta in Moschino
Taylor Hill 2022 Met Gala
*Taylor Hill in Miss Sohee
Blake Lively Met Gala Host
*Blake Lively in Versace (yes, she’s here twice, thanks to this outfit transformation)
Gwen Stefani Met Gala 2022
Gwen Stefani in Vera Wang
Jasmine Tookers in Zuhair Murad
Jasmine Tookers in Zuhair Murad

The Men

Men of the Met Gala
Shawn Mendes in Tommy Hilfigger & Rege Jean-Page in Giorgio Armani
Men of the Met Gala
Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jon Batiste in Ralph Lauren
Men of the Met Gala
Kid Cudi in Kenzo & Cole Sprouse in Versace
Men of the Met Gala
Hamish Bowles in Louis Vuitton & Ansel Elgort in Moschino
Men of the Met Gala
Ben Platt & Lenny Kravitz

The Couples

Couples of the Met Gala
Lin-Manuel Miranda & Vanessa Nadal, James Corden & Julia Carey, Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively

While the Met Gala certainly calls for a theme, with all these beautifully dressed people, it really goes to show that fashion is open to interpretation. Read more about the First Monday in May here.

Image Sources: E! Online, Vanity Fair, Deadline, Vogue

Signed with Style,

sarah in style,

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