Met Gala 2022: In America, An Anthology of Fashion

Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda served as the event’s co-hosts, while Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Tom Ford and Chloé Zhao conceptualized vignettes for the Costume Institute’s latest show.

The evening’s dress code was set as “Gilded Glamour and White Tie,” an edict that dovetails nicely with the museum’s about-to-debut exhibition, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” how might the guest list of Hollywood A-listers and New York society interpret that?

 

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
2022 Met Gala celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City.

 

Attendees on the red carpet turned out in a parade of looks that were elevated and elegant for the most part, from Maude Apatow’s black Miu Miu dress and Janelle Monae’s beaded black Ralph Lauren number to Camila Mendes dress in cascading gold and Kacey Musgraves in a dramatic printed black gown. Monae called her look “gilded glamour from the future.”

The tip sheet given out to press prior to the red carpet’s opening was a hefty 8 pages, decidedly longer than the previous Met Gala in September 2021.

In addition to co-chairs Regina King, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda, guests included everyone from Maude Apatow and Camila Cabello to Hugh Jackman and Venus Williams.

Other guests include Kacey Musgraves, Amy Schumer, Janelle Monae, Emma Stone, Cynthia Erivo, Mindy Kaling, Shawn Mendes, Jon Batiste and Tommy Dorfman.

Fashion designers from New York and points beyond are also well represented, including Ford, Thom Browne, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung, and Schiaparelli’s Daniel Roseberry.

High-profile politicos are also expected to attend, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and New York City Mayor Eric Adams. The latter guests are also wholly fitting, given that “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” opens with a selection of Presidential fashion. Two coats worn by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — the latter by Brooks Brothers, founded in 1818 — are seen near the entrance of the exhibition, while just beyond is a dress worn by Mary Todd Lincoln.

On Monday morning, another First Lady made an appearance: Dr. Jill Biden was on hand for a private tour of the exhibition, a look at the history of American design from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century, and in advance of that discussed the importance of fashion in American culture. “The history of American design is rich and deep,” she said. “It is a story of innovation and ingenuity, of rebellion and renewal. It has often been written by those in the shadows, not recognized for their insolence and art, but here at the Met, their stories are told, their voices are raised, and their work can shine.”

Designers ranging from Claire McCardell to Charles James, Elizabeth Hawes, Ann Lowe and others are showcased in vignettes created by nine directors that include Ford, Sofia Coppola, Chloé Zhao, Janicza Bravo and Scorsese, who put together what he called “a one-frame movie in a period room,” blending designs from James with a Frank Lloyd Wright room to create a “Technicolor Noir” inspired by 1945’s Leave Her to Heaven, “a film that has always haunted and inspired me,” he said.