What is “Gilded Glamour” and why is it the theme for this year’s Met Gala?

The Met Gala is set to return on the first Monday in May, after several postponements thanks to COVID-19.

Fashion’s biggest red carpet will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 2 and is sure to attract big stars.

While 2021’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”-themed gala has been pushed back to September, this year’s will serve as a continuation of sorts, with a slightly modified (but still all-American) theme and new code. dress that is sure to inspire everyone from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna.

With hosts Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda leading the charge alongside Honorary Co-Chairs Tom Ford and Anna Wintour, the 2022 event will be filled with top names.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the theme and what to expect on the red carpet.

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Michelle Pfeiffer’s red ruffles and black fan are sure to inspire some.
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What is the theme?

“In America: An Anthology of Fashion” – which, of course, doesn’t sound too different from last year’s theme. But there will be no deja vu dress code; this time it’s all about “golden glamour.” (In 2021, guests called on guests to channel “American Independence” with their outfits instead.)

“Dust off Edith Wharton’s ‘Age of Innocence’ and ‘The House of Mirth'” says Vogue. “The 2022 Met Gala will ask its attendees to embody the greatness – and perhaps the dichotomy – of Gilded Age New York.”

What is “golden glamour”?

The Golden Age spanned from 1870 to 1890. Coined by Mark Twain, the term refers to a period of prosperity, industrialization and growth.

Among the many inventions of the time, including the light bulb and the telephone, were machines to speed up the process of making clothes. Suffice it to say, a mix of textiles and an excess of fringe, bows, ruffles and other decorative details would fit perfectly into this year’s red carpet. In a word: excess.

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Pfeiffer walks the beach in a white dress and straw hat in “The Age of Innocence.”
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Who determines the dress code?

Anna Wintour, along with the Chief Curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, are responsible for choosing the theme of the exhibition, the exhibits and, ultimately, everything related to the event. .

Vogue’s head honcho is so meticulous about the whole affair, she even curates the guest list and often advises attendees on what to wear.

Anna Wintour at the 2021 Met Gala
Anna Wintour will once again chair the Met Gala, now returning to her usual May date.
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Why “Golden Glamour”?

Bolt told Vogue that the second half of the “In America” ​​exhibit provides “historical context” to the last.

“The stories really reflect the evolution of American style, but they also explore the work of tailors, couturiers and designers,” Bolton said. While the exhibition will feature works by Oscar de la Renta and Halston, it will also highlight lesser-known fashion talents throughout history.

Will anyone actually follow the dress code?

Keeping with the Americana theme, expect American designers like Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung to have major exhibits. However, European labels like Versace and Valentino are sure to bring the (golden) glamor and drama from overseas.

Kim Kardashian teased that her look required a “shape change”, while Katy Perry – known for her “wacky, crazy, wild, big, fun and colorful” outfits (her words) – told Page Six Style that she was playing a “different card” this year.

While the broad interpretation of 2021’s “American independence” has allowed for more creativity, it looks like celebrities will have no choice but to shine and shine in unison this year.

Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner at the 2019 Met Gala
Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner are chic party staples.
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What were the past themes?

There were not always consecutive exhibitions. Before the pandemic, stars wowed the 2019 Met Gala “Camp: Notes on Fashion” with looks inspired by chandeliers, showgirls, ancient Egyptian gods and more.

Other notable themes from years past include “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” (2011), “Punk: Chaos to Couture” (2013), “China: Through the Looking Glass” (2015), “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” (2016) and “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018).

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