Critiquing The Met Gala 2022



Blake Lively pays tribute to the Statue of Liberty.

Elaine Thimyan, Reporter

The first Monday in May is always celebrated with The Met Gala. The Met Gala is for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had a Met Gala in the fall to make up for the 2020 cancellation. This year’s theme is Gilded Glamour. It’s part of the America Anthropology theme, to accommodate the gilded age which is a time in U.S history from the 1880s to 1900. Mark Twain called it the Bronze Age due to its sparkly outlook but in reality, the era was turbulent. 

Today we are going to go over the looks that were on the theme and looks that just completely missed. It’s worth noting that the looks didn’t have to be a direct copy of the fashion that was popular; they just had to allude to the themes and topics of the gilded age. 

My favorite “on theme” looks 

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Bille Eilish wearing Gucci. The seafoam pastels are perfect for the time period but still give her an edgy look. The look was made from already existing materials. She was probably one of the most on-theme people at the entire met Gala. (people) 

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One of my other favorites is Evan Mock in Head of State. He’s wearing Cartier jewelry and Christian Louboutin’s shoes. The fluffy collar and pastels resemble parts of the time. The corset bodice adds a nice touch.

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Adwoa Aboah in Tory Burch. The cape, the bows, the puffy sleeves. The polka dots are also a nice touch and overall just a perfect look. 

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Lenny Kravitz rocks the dark brooding overtones of the gilded age. The cape is an excellent touch, along with the choker. The high-waisted pants and sheer corset also make this look pop. 10/10. 

The top look of the night goes to Blake Lively. She is notorious for having on theme looks that are beyond gorgeous. At first sight, Blake’s bustle on the side is very accurate for the time, but other than that it doesn’t seem all that on theme. She actually represents Lady Liberty who arrived in New York in 1885. She starts off as a beautiful bronze but over time Oxidizes and becomes a beautiful seafoam green. 

My least favorite

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Topping the least favorite look of the night is Kim Kardashian. The dress in question was Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress that she wore to sing “Happy Birthday” to John F Kennedy. The dress has significant historical context and should have stayed in the museum where it belongs, and to make matters worse, it was not even on the theme. 

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Miranda Kerr in Oscar de la Renta. It’s a beautiful dress, but it’s not on theme and I was expecting a little more. This would be perfect for a wedding fashion show exhibit, but this is the Met gala. 

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For her first Met Gala, it’s kind of expected. But the dress isn’t on theme, the gloves clash, the butterfly clips are very cute. Again it’s too simple, and for a top new artist, she could have done so much more. 

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Kodi Smit-McPhee in Bottega Veneta was a big disappointment. The gloves could be alluded to the factory workers of the time along with the jeans but it clashes and just looks a little silly. 

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Bradley Cooper. It’s a man in a tux. Overdone and plain. We want to see more! 

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Gwen Stefani definitely has an eye-catching look. Believe it or not, this was not the only neon look of the night. Neon doesn’t belong in a gilded age theme. It’s headache-inducing and the silhouette isn’t right. 0/10.