May 02, 2022 at 04:10PM
With the month of May comes the famous, much-anticipated, star-studded Met Gala. The 2022 Met Gala is right around the corner, and after a two-year long hiatus due to COVID-19, it is back on track with its annual scheduled date of the first Monday in May, this year being May 2. The Met Gala 2022 theme is “Gilded Glamour,” a nod to the corresponding exhibit “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.” It’s the second part of the Met’s instillation following the 2021 Met Gala exhibit “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and the 2021 Met Gala American fashion theme. Another important detail? This year’s red carpet dress code is white tie.
So, what does this mean for the 2022 Met Gala red carpet looks and the names on the unrivaled guest list? Designers and celebrities alike will have to bring their sartorial A-game to represent America in the Gilded Age of the 19th to the mid-to-late 20th century through their looks.
The Met Gala is known for its highly creative challenges that give guests the opportunity to interpret themes to make a memorable red carpet statement. Viewers back at home get the chance to see what some of Hollywood’s best and brightest bring to the table, thanks to Vogue’s coverage and livestream of the event.
It is important to note that while past Met Gala themes have been celebrated and applauded for creativity, this year’s “Gilded Glamour” theme has sparked controversy. Some critics feel that its focus on opulence is insensitive given the current war in Ukraine. Sure the Met Gala is an elite party with an affluent guest list, but centering it around golden wealth during wartime is being viewed by some as tone deaf. Influencer Bryanboy wrote, “Gilded glamour at a time of war, let them eat cake.”
Ahead is your guide to the 2022 Met Gala theme, including the meaning behind white tie.