Actor Blake Lively and singer Alicia Keys paid tribute to New York City attractions when a parade of stars celebrated American fashion and the glamor of the Thousand Age at the annual Met Gala.
Famous celebrities in transparent costumes, the so-called “East Coast Oscar” returned to its traditional date on the first Monday in May, just eight months after the postponed 2021 pandemic event in September.
The guests of this year’s List A were ordered to dress in “gilded glamor” for the annual fundraiser for the New York Metropolitan Museum.
Lively, co-chair of the Met Gala along with her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, arrived in a shiny bronze Versace dress influenced by New York’s Central Terminal, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
Later, officers removed a large bow and rearranged the long train of the dress to reveal a turquoise and brass look. The switch, according to Lively, was an ode to the greenish patina of bronze buildings evolving over time.
Empire State of Mind singer Alicia Keys also celebrated New York by wearing a Ralph Lauren dress with 200,000 crystals arranged to look like the city skyline.
The Met Gala marks the opening of the annual fashion show at the Museum’s Costume Institute.
This year’s exhibition “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” concludes the exhibition in two parts and is dedicated to the history of American clothing.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said she will come for the first time in 20 years to celebrate America’s fashion and spirit.
Her burgundy dress was embroidered with the names of 60 famous American women, including abolitionist Harriet Tubman and Madeleine Albright, the late Secretary of State.
Another politician, New York Mayor Eric Adams, wore a tuxedo jacket with symbols of the New York subway system and the words “End Violence” on the back.
He took the opportunity to celebrate the economic struggle that many people experienced during the rich gilded age of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
“Although we had great inventions and great architecture … it was also a dark period and we should never forget that,” he said.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who organized the celebration, wore a colorful Chanel dress with a feather cape and an American tiara, a 1910 family heirloom.
Actor and musician Janelle Mona wore a black Ralph Lauren dress with a hood in a silver-black stripe, which she called the “golden age of the future”.