Met Gala 2022: The Gilded Age
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Who has the honor of receiving the invitation, the first thing to pay attention to is that small writing at the bottom of the paper: its size is small but it is of fundamental importance, it is the theme that characterizes the party.

Stars following the Dress Code VS Everyone else.

Everyone is talking about the Met Gala. But not everyone knows what’s beyond the hype and mundane.

Considered the “jewel in New York’s social crown” the Met Gala began in 1948 with the intent of raising money for the new Costume Institute of NY. But it was in 1973 that the Met Ball became social thanks to the former editor-in-chief of Vogue America and “special advisor” to Costume Institute Diana Vreeland, who introduced the dress code: a theme to be followed religiously.

Who has the honor of receiving the invitation, the first thing to pay attention to is that small writing at the bottom of the paper: its size is small but it is of fundamental importance, it is the theme that characterizes the party.

What the first Met Gala was like

The theme of the edition that has just passed was ‘The Gilded Glamour’; the American “version” of the “Belle Époque” in France and the Victorian Age in Great Britain: an era that lasted from 1870 to 1900 or so during which the wealthy American society showed off the “new wealth”, that rising Bourgeois social class.

The term, which gave the dress code to the Met 22, was born from the pen of Mark Twain with a satirical meaning: it denounced an era of serious social problems masked by a thin gilding. The intent of Anna Wintour – artistic director of Vogue and hostess of the Costume Institute at MoMa – and co-organizers Adam Mosseri Ceo of Instagram and Tom Ford, was to focus on gold, a symbol of rebirth, opulence and cultural change.

However, the words of  Tom Ford, who during a recent interview contemptuously commented on the fact that the Met Gala has become

‘A masquerade party’

referring to the provocative and overly elaborate outfits worn by the stars just to make headlines, are food for thought, continuing:

‘It used to be an event for very chic people who wore beautiful clothes’

But wiped clean of the glittering veneer of presidentialism and exclusivity, the Met retains its noble and functional intent: to raise money for the Costume Institute of the Metrpolitan Museum of Art in New York, with astronomical figures reaching over $200 million in total since it was established.

In this editorial we will take a look at the looks that have best interpreted the theme ‘The Gilded Glamour‘ VS all those who simply wanted to ‘Wow’, without repeating the words of the prince of elegance Tom Ford.

Elegance and Opulence, in perfect Gilded Glamour Dress Code

WORDS: Manuela Palma

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