The Met Gala, otherwise called “the Party of the Year,” “the Oscars of the East Coast,” and “style’s greatest evening” just occurred on Monday, May 2, at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York City, getting back to its unique date after the 2021 occasion occurring in September because of the pandemic.
For a couple of days after that, everyone becomes a fashion expert and gives their opinions on who was the best and worst dressed. Some of them share their insights on the internet and they can get quite funny even if you are seeing them for the first time, as was evident from last year’s reactions that you can find here. The event caused a lot of funny reactions.
From an outsider’s perspective, the Met Gala looks like a bunch of celebrities gathering for a party but the event is actually a fundraising ball for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute based in New York organized by American fashion magazine Vogue. It is also the start of the annual fashion exhibit.
The Met Gala raised more than $16.4 million. While celebrities are invited, the brands have to pay $35,000 for a ticket, and they usually book tables, the cost of which ranges from $200,000 to $300,000.
The Met Gala has been held every year since 1948, except in 2000, 2002, and 2020, and it takes place on the first Monday of May in 2021. The invited guests are expected to follow the theme, but they are not obligated. Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of Vogue.
The theme was “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. The dress code was gilded glamour and white tie. Between 1870 and 1900 there was a period called Gilded Glamour. Charles Dudley Warner wrote The Gilded Age, which was the inspiration for the term. After the Civil War, America became greedy and corrupt.
The invention of the lightbulb and the telephone, as well as machines that sped up the clothing-making process, masked the turmoil in the post-Civil War society.
Stylist Christina Stein says “Gilded, by definition, means covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint. So the definition could be taken quite literally with a lot of gold. But if we refer to The Gilded Age, the name suggests that the appearance of wealth concealed actual poverty. Gilded is often used to point out illusions in this way.”
People would approach fashion with a more-is-more attitude and their outfits would be over the top, including a lot of gold details. Women’s clothing would have exaggerated waists and they would add more drama with umbrellas and feathered hats.
The tuxedo dominated men’s fashion. Back in the day, men would finish the look with a pointed beard and a luscious mustache.
Many people were disappointed that the Gilded Age wasn’t represented at the Met Gala. When they saw what the celebrities chose to wear, they didn’t hold back with the roasts because they were expecting outfits that would resemble Bridgerton with the corsets and feathers.
Who was the best and worst dressed? Who do you think did their homework the best? Let us know in the comments and we will upvote the ones that you thought were the funniest.