October 7, 2022

It’s All About the Theme: This Year’s Best and Worst Dressed at the Met Gala

By Sophie Jorgenson

The Met Gala is known as one of the most iconic nights in fashion every year. The met gala, which was formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, has been run by Vogue’s remarkably famous Anna Wintour. It’s very selective on who gets to attend the event, which is why celebrities and the designers have to bring their A game. People inside and outside the fashion industry pay attention to the Met Gala – many people even talk about it more than New York Fashion Week! 

This year’s theme was ​​’In America: An Anthology of Fashion. The dress code accompanying this theme was Gilded Glamour, which is inspired by New York’s gilded age, a period when over the top and elegance were defining features. A lot of celebrities that attended the event this year were on point with the Gilded Glamour theme. Some celebrities that were highly talked about on social media and news outlets for best dressed for the star-studded event were Blake Lively, Sydney Sweeney, and Kid Cudi. 

Blake Lively teamed up with designer Atelier Versace for this year’s Met Gala, where she had a stunning dress transformation. Her first dress was rose gold with a gigantic bow wrapped around the silhouette. The second dress was teal with rose gold accents and long gloves that finished the look. The idea behind this dress was to emulate New York City’s Statue of Liberty with a seven-tier crown mimicking the statue’s used to complement the dress. 

This year’s up-and-coming actress and star of the hit show Euphoria, Sydney Sweeney, was dressed by designer Tory Burch. Sweeney was dressed in an elegant white corset with a detachable princess cut skirt, which was later removed on the event’s red carpet to reveal a shorter skirt. This outfit nailed this year’s dress code with its extreme elegance. 

Kid Cudi wore the designer Kenzo, where his friend Nigo is the artistic director, to create an electric blue suit with a cape attached. The suit was paired with a white button up with ruffled sleeves and a bow tie. The cape was long and definitely helped Cudi embody the look of Gilded Glamour. 

Kid Cudi In Kenzo

Wherever there’s good fashion, there will almost always be bad fashion. Of all the incredible looks we see every year at the Met Gala there are always a handful of celebrities that just don’t hit the mark, some being: Kylie Jenner, Irina Shaynk, David Lauren. Each of these Hollywood celebrities has an eye for style and they each teamed up with incredibly talented designers. There was no reason for them and some of the other attendees to miss the mark for the dress code so badly. These outfits and others lacked the elegance and tasteful glamor that the dress code demanded. 

Every year we not only look forward to the fashion success of the Met Gala but also the fashion fails that keep us on our toes; I wonder what 2023 will bring… 

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9 thoughts on “It’s All About the Theme: This Year’s Best and Worst Dressed at the Met Gala

  1. Hi Sophie, I love that you wrote about the MET Gala! I totally would agree that this one day is more attention-grabbing than most award shows, red carpets, and New York Fashion Week. Blake Lively absolutely killed the theme and looked absolutely beautiful.

  2. Hi Sophie, I enjoyed this piece about the Met Gala. I agree that it is one of the biggest fashion moments each year. I also think that this years theme was direct and easily to follow. Those who did were beautiful. It was really disappointing to see some bigger celebrities who just didn’t make that mark although wore beautiful attire! Great work!

  3. I grew up about 60 miles from Manhatten and enjoyed going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as watching many fashion estaervaganzas. However there are many who might question that money might be beteter spent elsewhere like this published artist who is a friend on Facebook; Bob Staake said,
    “Am I the only long time Condé Nast artist/illustrator contributor who had a problem with VOGUE (and bug-eyed-sunglassed Anna Wintour) as they/she proceed(s) with the “MetGala” — in the middle of a Russian genocide against the Ukranian people? Thoughts?”

  4. Hi Sophie, this is such a wonderful blog post! You brought in a lot of background information that I did not previously know about the Met Gala. I agree with your judgment on some of the celebrities that missed the mark on the theme this year, especially Kylie Jenner. I think Blake Lively’s look was one of the most theme appropriate outfits in my opinion. I think it is also important to remember that the Gilded Glamour theme was not just about dressing up in a beautiful out, but also representing time in history when materialism was coving up blatant social and political issues. I appreciated how Blake Lively’s outfit represented an event in history that parallels that theme.

  5. I enjoyed reading this piece on the Met Gala. It is very interesting, in my opinion, how many people will digest these photos and information through social media platforms that are presenting the content with their own opinions. This doesn’t happen in every case, but I feel as though an open voting forum for people to gauge their opinions in a poll would create more of a realistic understanding on the majority of people’s opinion on the clothes worn by those in attendance to the Met Gala. There may be one already, but I haven’t heard of it or seen it before, so I feel as though that may be the prime way to internalize the more widespread opinion of the public versus the opinions of the social media platform/pages.

  6. Hi Sophie,

    I loved how you recapped the Met Gala. This was such a fun blog post to read. Personally, my favorite public celebrity event is the Met Gala. I love fashion so this goes on theme with my interests. With the outfits everyone brought to the event this year, I have to agree with a lot of the internet, Blake Lively killed it. Probably one of my favorites in many years. The piece was super timeless and I loved it. Unfortunately, Kylie’s look didn’t impress me. I had high expectations for her this year so maybe next year!

    All in all, great synopsis!

  7. Sophie,
    I really enjoyed reading your post on the Met Gala. It is crazy how fashion and celebrities collide, particularly at such an event. The media definitely loves seeing high-status people wearing high-end brands. Every year, the celebrities considered best and worst dressed are all over the internet in the few weeks following the event. Even as someone who doesn’t follow fashion and celebrities much, I always end up seeing or hearing about what they wore to the Met Gala. I agree with who you mentioned was labeled as best and worst dressed. I was a bit taken aback by Kylie Jenner’s bleached eyebrows. I always wonder how these celebrities truly feel about what they are wearing.

  8. Hi Sophie,
    I enjoyed reading your blog post. I’m not someone who follows fashion week or events like that closely, but I always see an increase in story posts from my friends when the Met Gala is happening. I love that you included Blake Lively (she was my personal favorite) and provided specific details about how/why she was styled the way she was. I also enjoyed how you left the audience hanging at the end about what next year will bring.

  9. Hi Sophie,
    I love your topic! I also love judging all of the outfits at these types of events. I really enjoyed your take on the matter and your blog post as a whole. What especially stuck out to me was your last sentence about fashion fails as usually those outfits tend to be my favorite to look at. Although there were so many good outfits this year–the fails always tend to catch my eye.

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