The first Monday in May is here y’all! And (*Tom Haverford voice*) it’s the best day of the year! As a follow up to the first part of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” the second event rounds out with “
In America: An Anthology of Fashion”.
Vogue advising “ gilded glamour” as this year’s dress code, vintage glitz is the theme of the night. Referring to the gilded age of New York City from 1870-1890, this was a time of huge economic change and industrialization. However, not all was glitter and gold during the gilded age — this was also post-Civil War and a time when the United States was receiving millions of immigrants.
Though the Met Gala’s resident red carpet icons
Rihanna and Zendaya were not in attendance, the attendees of this year’s event picked up the style slack with plenty of over-the-top looks.
So far, we’ve seen
, Bridgerton boob dresses bridal inspo, a Marilyn Monroe tribute, and aquamarine trains worthy of a singing fish accompaniment. Ahead, the best looks of the night. Vanessa Hudgens Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Vanessa Hudgens took her role as host of this year’s Met Gala seriously, showing up in a Moschino look reminiscent of Mae West, but with gilded age leg o’ mutton sleeves.
Emma Chamberlain John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The influencer, wearing Louis Vuitton, paid an understated homage to the theme by wearing a modern interpretation of the shirtwaist, a garment representative of the working woman in the late 19th century.
Blake Lively Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Blake Lively gave us not only one gorgeous gorgeous gown, but two when she unveiled her mermaid-like Atelier Versace number on the Met steps.
Tommy Dorfman Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
While not on theme per se, Dorfman’s ’fit was everything you didn’t know you needed in a leather-look dress by Christopher Kane. The actor topped it off with a “protect trans kids” clutch — a statement piece in a literal sense of the word.
Janelle Monáe ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Dirty Computer singer and actress told red carpet host LaLa Anthony that her outfit was a collaboration with Ralph Lauren, and a take on futuristic gilded glamour. Isabelle Boemeke John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The model channeled steampunk gilded age in Schiaparelli.
Ashley Park Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Ashley Park gave
Bridgerton boob, but with millennial pink, and designer Prabal Gurung was featured in the exhibit in September with his iconic “Who gets to be American” dress. Quannah Chasinghorse Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
As a follow up to her red carpet debut in September, the model and activist wore a turquoise tulle gown by Prabal Gurung, along with matching eyeshadow.
Billie Eilish Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Happier Than Ever singer wore a Bridgerton-esque upcycled Gucci dress, complete with a corset for a snatched waist. Kim Kardashian Taylor Hill/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Kim Kardashian stepped out on the carpet wearing the exact Jean Louis gown Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “Happy Birthday” to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962.
Lizzo Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Lizzo’s Thom Browne cape could only be tied together with one accessory to really make it pop — a golden flute that the singer debuted on her TikTok, calling it “the most beautiful flute in the world.”
Tessa Thompson Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Actress Tessa Thompson never misses, and this Carolina Herrera tulle gown brought the gilded age into the modern era with the corset, tulle train, and baby pink.
SZA Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
SZA’s look channeled chic Little Bo Peep who has afternoon plans for high tea in the garden.
Rosalía John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The Spanish singer absolutely shut down the red carpet in Givenchy. From the leg o’ mutton sleeves to the S-curve silhouette, everything about this look was gilded glamour — except, perhaps, for the sunglasses.
Cardi B ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Rapper Cardi B’s look, from Donatella Versace, was inspired by the iconic Gibson Girl, a sort of muse of femininity and attractiveness during the gilded age.
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