The Met Gala—arguably the hottest party of the year—kicks off Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Celebrities slated to attend include the night’s co-hosts ; Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Other guests expected to be in attendance include Katy Perry, Megan Thee Stallion, Sydney Sweeney, and Bella Hadid.
As the hottest fashion event of the year, all eyes will be on this Upper East Side red carpet. What will the stars be wearing? This year’s theme for the Met’s Costume Institute annual fundraiser is gilded glamour.
The organizers are taking heavy inspiration from the Gilded Age, which was 1870 to 1900. This time was ripe with economic growth, excess and extravagant fashion. So expect fancy outfits, ballroom gowns and yes, likely Bridgerton-inspired garb.
The era is remembered for silk dresses, capes, ruffled trains, and an abundance of lace lining. Embroidery is bound to be a huge hit as part of this year’s theme, as well as layered dresses, corsets, tea gowns and colorful paisley patterns that make bold fashion statements.
Women from the Gilded Age wore extravagant hats, be it headpieces with taxidermy cats, or velvet hats finished with fluffy feathers.
While the Gilded Age in America was a time led by industrialization, it wasn’t an era marked by feminism. Women were seen as trophies, almost sculptural in their beauty and fashion of the time reflected their domestic roles. Their clothing was layered, and floor-length dresses were the norm, so was changing outfits three times a day for the wealthy. Corsets went out of style int he 1890s because they were often too uncomfortable and deemed unhealthy, so loose-fitting dresses were popular in the early 20th century. The era is marked by the dandy, known better as the Aesthetic Dress movement, which was popularized by writer, Oscar Wilde.
But will the stars really wow us on the red carpet? With the 100 year anniversary of the red carpet upcoming on October 11—the first red carpet was the premiere of Robin Hood at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles in 1922, which stars walked on as they entered the theatre to see the film. But now
Some fashion experts say that stars will run with the glamour part of the theme, but likely not the gilded part. Art and fashion history likely won’t be at the core of many looks, but they still could be.
As Instagrammer @IDeserveCouture tells Dazed: “I think it’s a common story at this point that a lot of celebrities are just gonna gloss over the theme. That’s just what happens at the Met – especially with Gilded Glamour because people are just gonna hear the glamour part and run with it, they’re not gonna pay attention to the time period.”