• Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

By Jessica Owens

Contributing Writer

As always, the Met Gala has a theme. This year for 2022 it was the Gilded Age. The theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” selected by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of “Vogue,” references the historical period between 1870 and 1900 in 19th-century America. During this time period the country had a huge change allowing the rich and middle class to flaunt their riches everywhere they went. Although for Black people in America it was very different and discriminatory.

It has been rumored that the organizers for this year’s Met Gala faced some criticism and backlash for the theme, saying it was “out of touch” and insensitive given the cultural context for Black people.

Lenny Kravitz attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Despite the criticism, Black fashion shined on the red carpet with celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, QuestLove, Teyana Taylor, Winnie Harlow, Cardi B, Alton Mason and Erykah Badu showing personal style that night with exquisite looks that had you in a dream land moment. 

Some attendees dressed to the nines in custom designs while others wore vintage looks on the red carpet from high-end designers. The red carpet was filled with lengthy trains, corsets, exaggerated jewels, custom crowns, tailored suits and capes.

Lizzo attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kim Kardashian arrived wearing the vintage dress worn by Marilyn Monroe for the infamous “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” song. It was reported that Kardashian changed into a replica of the dress at the top of the staircase. Showing up in a black and gold hand-embroidered ensemble, Lizzo also made a statement with her special accessory – a gold flute.

Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Anderson .Paak sported a callback haircut to The Beatles era and a flashy Gucci suit. Lenny Kravitz rocked the gilded age theme with a lace top and sheer cape paired with leather pants and heeled boots. Kravitz was styled by Rodney Burns for this rockstar ensemble.

Anderson .Paak attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The event was co-hosted by Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

To view more red carpet looks from the Met Gala, visit Vogue.com.