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Everything You Need To Know About The Met Gala 2022

The 2022 Met Gala theme, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, is built around the tenets of American style, and celebrates unsung heroes of US design. Even though only eight months will have passed since Kim Kardashian climbed the Met steps in her Balenciaga mask by then, this year’s ceremony will take place on 2 May – a return to the event’s traditional first Monday in May slot after two years of Covid chaos. 

Below, everything you need to know about the 2022 Met Gala.

When is the Met Gala 2022? 

The 2022 Met Gala will take place on Monday 2 May in New York. It celebrates the second volume in a two-part Costume Institute exhibition. The first, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opened on 18 September, and was preceded by the 2021 Met Gala on 13 September. 

What is the Met Gala 2022 theme?

The theme for part two is In America: An Anthology of Fashion, and the exhibition will see Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute, focus on inclusivity in fashion. “Who gets to be American?” was a question posed at Prabal Gurung’s spring/summer 2020 show, and it will be addressed at the Met Gala 2022, too.

The Met Gala 2022 theme, explained

This second exhibition, presented across 13 of the American period rooms at the Met, “provides a historical context for Lexicon, in a way”, curator Bolton told Vogue. “The stories really reflect the evolution of American style, but they also explore the work of individual tailors, dress-makers, and designers,” he says. “What’s exciting for me is that some of the names will be very familiar to students of fashion, like Charles James, Halston, and Oscar de la Renta, but a lot of the other names really have been forgotten, overlooked or relegated into the footnotes of fashion history. So one of the main intentions of the exhibition is to spotlight the talents and contributions of these individuals, and many of them are women.”

Of course, the theme will be reflected in the dress code on the night, summarised on the coveted invitations as gilded glamour, white tie. Expect gowns worthy of sweeping period epics like The Age of Innocence, or a scene from The Gilded Age, as A-list guests to their best to embody the grandeur of the New York of the late 19th century. Expect jewel tones, over the top textures, and at least one bustle. 

Who will host the Met Gala 2022?

On 17 March, announced that its 2022 hosts would include Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will serve as the night’s official co-chairs, while designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour will continue as honorary co-chairs.

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When did the Met Gala 2021 take place? 

After the 2020 Met Gala was cancelled due to the pandemic, the Costume Institute announced a two-part version for 2021 and 2022. The first exhibition, with a theme of In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opened on 18 September, and the 2021 Met Gala itself – which was co-chaired by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka – took place five days earlier on 13 September. 

What was the Met Gala 2021 theme?

The theme celebrated American designers, as well as cultural, political and social events that occurred during the pandemic. “The main one was the fact that the American fashion community has been supporting us for 75 years, really since the beginning of the Costume Institute, so I wanted to acknowledge its support, and also to celebrate and reflect upon American fashion,” Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue at the time. And he also felt it needed to be revisited (American Ingenuity in 1998 was the last big exhibition to cover the theme).

“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” Bolton said. “And I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective. I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance. I think young designers, in particular, are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency – much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”

How can I watch the Met Gala 2022?

Last year, Vogue livestreamed the Met Gala on its website. The coverage was hosted by actor and recording artist Keke Palmer, and actor, writer and director Ilana Glazer, with the pair interviewing guests as they arrived on the Met Gala red carpet. Fashion fans will be able to follow all the action on Vogue’s livestream once again for 2022.

Who were the hosts for the Met Gala 2021? 

The event on 13 September was hosted by co-chairs Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka, and honorary chairs Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour. Due to pandemic guidelines, the celebrity-packed red carpet was a smaller affair than usual, with invites stipulating a dress code inspired by American Independence. 

What is the Met Gala?

Organised and presided over by Anna Wintour since 1995, the Met Gala has become a much-loved annual celebration of fashion. Considered a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it has traditionally been timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Year after year, the event raises eight-figure sums – 2019’s edition raised a record $15 million (£12 million).

What happens at the Met Gala?

In short: it’s a secret. For this reason, guests must abide by the no phone (and, therefore, no social media) policy. However, the rules were famously broken by a cluster of celebrities smoking (ahem) and taking selfies in the bathroom in 2017. The event usually involves a high-profile performer (like Rihanna), and guests always explore the gallery before sitting down together for dinner.

How many people attend the Met Gala?

The event usually hosts around 600 attendees, although a smaller number attended the 2021 Met Gala. 

How much is a ticket to the Met Gala?

If you’re lucky enough to be on the guest list then you don’t pay to attend. If you’re not on the list, but have managed to secure a chance of attending, tickets are priced at around $30,000 (£24,000) each, with tables costing about $275,000 (£215,000).

Who is invited to the Met Gala?

Until the evening before the event, the guest list is top secret. But some of the biggest names in the business regularly attend – from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Madonna and Rihanna. More often than not, designers attend with their muses: think Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss, or Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière and Emma Stone.

What looks can we expect to see?

In keeping with the theme, look forward to a range of American talent represented, from the more established likes of Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Prabal Gurung, to the emerging talents such as Pyer Moss, Christopher John Rogers and Vaquera.

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