New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

NEW YORK | It’s one of the most selective walks in the world: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art gala parades world stars, sometimes extravagantly, for an annual philanthropic evening after two editions disrupted by the pandemic.

The ‘Met Gala 2022’ in the heart of Manhattan sees a torrent of images of stars reacting to this year’s dress code, ‘Gilded Glamour’, which references the ‘Gilded Age’, America’s golden age from the late 1800s century. They marched in strapless dresses, tuxedos, chic, glamorous, sparkly, implausible or sometimes political messages, on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met).


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

The list of 400 stars of fashion, music, film, politics or business – mostly American – was kept secret until the last minute: we saw or expected Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, Lenny Kravitz, Ariana DeBose, Sarah Jessica Parker and the Belgian artist Stromae who told AFP that he thought it was “weird” to be there, but that he felt “honoured”.


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

The richest man in the world, the capricious Elon Musk, raised his arms in front of the crowd. While buying Twitter, he pledged on the red carpet to make it “the most inclusive social network possible”. Hillary Clinton praised the “spirit of America” ​​that radiated at the gala. Followed by actresses Glenn Close and Sigourney Weaver.


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

Priestess Anna Wintour

YouTuber Emma Chamberlain arrived at the premieres in a sublime Louis Vuitton dress, followed by the event’s High Priestess, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, in a Chanel ensemble.


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

It is she who validates the invitations. A formality for Rihanna, whose admirers hope for an appearance with her bulging belly from a mother-to-be.

Even invited, the ticket costs $35,000 for a seat at dinner, $200,000 to $300,000 the table paid for by a patron, according to unofficial figures from 2021. That’s estimated to be well over $16 million in total.


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

For the 2021 edition, moved to September due to the pandemic – after a total cancellation in 2020 – the show was hosted by Billie Eilish, transformed into Marilyn Monroe with platinum blonde hair and a peach train dress Oscar de la Renta.

“End of Guns”

The gala is also the occasion for a political message: New York City mayor Eric Adams landed with a jacket wearing his campaign slogan on his back, demanding “an end to gun violence” in a crime bruised city.


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

In the purely American philanthropic tradition, the evening, which takes place on the first Monday in May, is to fund the fashion department of Met (The Costume Institute) and coincides with the major annual exhibition. It was presented Monday morning to United States First Lady Jill Biden, who saw it as “a celebration of the designers and fashion that shaped America’s true identity.”

This year, make way for an American “Anthology of Fashion,” a 19th- and 20th-century retrospective of 100 pieces of clothing featured and revisited by directors and designers such as Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese or Tom Ford.


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

The gala comes as journalists and editors from Vogue and other Condé Nast titles (GQ, Vanity Fair, Glamor etc.) launched a movement to form a union, which they recalled on social media with a Vogue cover pastiche. : “Met Gala 2022 the longest working night”.

Eccentricities

All eccentricities are possible on the stairs. In 2019, singer and actor Billy Porter appeared as the god of the sun, spreading golden wings and being worn by men with muscular torsos. But no one matched Lady Gaga at the time and her striptease started in a big fuchsia dress and ended in black lingerie, lying on the stairs.


New York parades world stars at extravagant Met Gala

Founded in 1948, the gala was long reserved for New York’s very high society, but Anna Wintour, who took it over in 1995, transformed it into a “people” event adapted to the age of social networks. This year, in addition to Anna Wintour and stylist Tom Ford, the title of honorary co-chair was also presented to Instagram boss Adam Mosseri.

The evening will be co-chaired by a quartet of stars: actor couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Oscar-winning actress Regina King and comedian and musician Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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