At the 2022 Met Gala, Blake Lively donned a Versace gown with beading and an enormous satin bow.
The annual Met Gala extravaganza, dubbed "the party of the year," resumed its pre-pandemic schedule on Monday in New York, with A-list celebrities sparkling on the red carpet in attire inspired by the theme of "gilded splendor." One of the first celebrities to turn heads was co-host Blake Lively, who wore a beaded Versace dress with a huge satin bow that unfurled to reveal a light blue train. The actress said the garment was an "honor" to New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, donned a brown velvet tuxedo.
The head of Vogue, Anna Wintour, who organizes the charity event that raises millions of dollars for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was among the early comers.
After the coronavirus epidemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 event and moved last year's edition to the autumn, the fundraiser returned to its customary early May time slot with the high priestess of fashion wearing a Chanel dress and tiara.
400 celebrities from music, film, fashion, sports, and other industries were scheduled to take the stage at the extravagant costume parade on the carpeted steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Chloe Kim, a snowboarder who won an Olympic gold medal, made her Met Gala debut in a feathered tulle ballgown, and Michelle Yeoh, an actress, wore a flowing Prabal Gurung gown.
A different take on the motif was adopted by actor Riz Ahmed, who wore a black open shirt with a white undershirt below and leather boots.
He explained, "This is a tribute to the immigrant workers that kept the Gilded Age prosperous.
Other early visitors were artists Jon Batiste and Shawn Mendes, tennis player Venus Williams, and The Crown actress Emma Corrin. The invite-only guest list is a highly guarded secret.
Despite being a regular, pop star Rihanna was unlikely to show fans her baby belly because she is expecting soon. Kim Kardashian's face-covering black bodysuit and Beyonce's "bare dress" are two of the more striking ensembles worn over the years.
Lady Gaga performed a striptease in four different clothes in 2019, the final show before the epidemic, beginning in a billowing pink dress and concluding in black underwear.
Abolish gun violence Billy Porter, a musician, and actor, made, the news that year while donning a sun god costume. He was borne in by six shirtless guys with outstretched golden wings.
Left-wing candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a splash at the September event last year by donning a dress bearing the words "Tax the Rich."
At the celebration of fashion, where tickets cost $35,000 and tables may cost up to $300,000, that hit a chord.
This time, the words "stop gun violence" on the back of New York City Mayor Eric Adams' jacket struck a political nerve.
The Met's Costume Institute received more than $16.4 million from the gala last year.
The annual exhibit that the celebration is held in conjunction with inspired the dress code. In America: An Anthology of Fashion, a retrospective from the late 19th century to the present, is the theme for this year.
The Broadway blockbuster "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Oscar-winning actress Regina King co-hosted the Met Gala on Monday.
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri and fashion designer Tom Ford, who will likely clothe many attendees, are this year's honorary presidents.
The event was initially hosted in 1948 and for a very long time was only open to New York's elite. When Wintour took control in 1995, the event became a catwalk for the affluent and famous.