The Met Gala is back. In the fashion world its like the super bowl of fashion! This year’s theme was an extension of the theme in September America a Fashion Anthology. This years theme was the Gilded Age. For context the Gilded Age was a period of American history roughly from 1865, post civil war to around 1914 pre WWI. The main focus of fashion is usually in the 1870s-1890s. The Gilded age was called this because of the wealth and prosperity and wealthy families like the Vanderbilt’s and Rockefellers gaining prominence. On the surface everything seemed great but in reality there was a large wealth gap, poverty, and corruption in government. But enough history. For reference think movies like The Age of Innocence, show like The Gilded Age or about 60 years later than Bridgeton. The dress code was gilded glamour and white tie. White tie is a step above beck tie in formality, so very formal. Think Downton Abbey. See the photos below for references.
My Favorite Looks
I mean she was one of the hosts so she had better dress on theme and she slayed! Also that transition!!! I love the statue of liberty inspiration!
Lin Manuel Miranda also hosted, he was definitely on theme and I loved it! I was not a fan of what his wife Vanessa Nadal wore which is why I didn’t include the designer of her dress.
I liked that Joe Jonas was on theme but I’m not a fan of Sophie Turner’s look. But she’s pregnant so she gets a pass.
How is it that people who wore H&M look amazing and better than the celebrities who wore high end designers?!
I like these looks and that men are getting more creative with suits, but Jared Leto’s twin gimmick is getting old.
Love Hugh Jackman, not a fan of his wife’s look.
Another case of loving the husband but not the wife’s look! The accessories are a great touch.
Love this look and how she played the flute on the red carpet!
My honorable mentions are looks that did not quite make my favorites. However they are worth mentioning but either not on theme, or on theme but not that great.
On theme… but not that great
I actually love this look but I am not a fan of the big hips.
This is very on theme I’m just not a fan of the print.
I loved this look as well I just think the feathers are too much.
Billie Eilish is perfectly on theme! I love this dress but I don’t like the green sleeves. It would be better without the flower in the middle and if the sleeves were the same neutral color as the dress.
I chose this look because not many know the story behind it. I love the headwrap. It is meant to pay homage to the head wraps women wore in Louisiana during the 1860s. Other than that I’m not in love with the dress.
I definitely see the Gilded age inspiration but to me it looks cheap and thrown together.
This does give Gilded Glamour but its more of a 1920s look. Also it would look better if it was more tailored and with shorter sleeves.
Great….but not on theme
I love Kim’s dress. It’s the same dress Marylin Monroe wore hen she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy. This dress would have been perfect for September’s Met Gala. it
It also would have been better if she had done her hair in Marylin Monroe’s signature style. I also have a problem with the process of wearing this dress. Kim Kardashian basic starved herself to loose weight to wear this dress. What kind of message does that send to her followers? As seen in videos online, when helping her into this dress Kim’s stylists did not handle the dress with care (as one should with vintage dresses.)
I think this dress is beautiful but I wish it looked more like the gilded age period fashion.
Kris’ dress is also beautiful. She looks like Jackie Kennedy but it would have been better for September’s Met Gala as well.
This look is very cool but not something you wear to a white tie formal themed Met Gala.
Ok. Dr. Strange! I like this look but I’m not sure if it really says “Gilded Glamour.
I like this look as well and I’m a big fan of the crop top gown. But the color is to bright and its not on theme.
This look would fit better for the Manus × Machina (technology in fashion) theme from 2016.
Again, this us a beautiful dress but I does not fit thr gilded age theme.
I love this look and how in both Met Galas she shows off her indigenous heritage. I’m just not sure how it fits into the gilded age theme. Maybe there is a story behind it that I haven’t heard?
I hate that I had to put Alicia Keys in this category! I love this look and the cape is amazing buy I don’t see gilded age!
I’m really loving the crop top gown trend but again I wish it was more period accurate.
This dress is beautiful and I love the water colors but again not fitting the gilded age theme.
For me this dress is very cool but not formal enough for white tie.
I think Dove Cameron’s look very Avant Garde and interesting but not fitting for white tie glamor.
Lily looks beautiful but I don’t like the headscarf. It looks like she tried to dress in the gilded age period but failed.
This look is so cool and edgy and would work anywhere else but a white tie formal event.
For me this look says Gatsby theme rather than gilded age.
I don’t love the color on this one, the black looks to funereal.
This is very different and colorful but not on theme or formal enough.
I like that this suit is unique and I am all for formal denim but it looks more 1980s than gilded age.
I mean she is on Bridgerton! She could have done so much better!
Honestly I was disappointed with this year’s Met Gala. The Gala is one of the easiest events to dress for. I mean Anna Wintour gives everyone a theme, they have all this money and designers at their disposal and Vogue literally wrote a style guide for this year’s theme! I guess I just have high expectations after themes like Camp, China and the Catholic imagination. But the question is how can I get an invite to the Met Gala so that I can turn looks! What are your favorite Met Gala looks? Let me know!