Since the inaugural Met Gala in 1948, it’s become one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of the year. This Monday evening was no exception, with fashion designers paying homage to the theme ‘Gilded Glamour’, symbolising the Gilded Age (the 1870s to 1890s) of New York City, a time of rapid economic growth and cultural transformation.
Scroll on to indulge in the event’s red carpet glamour and discover the inspiration behind some show-stopping gowns.
Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
Actress and co-chair of the Met Gala, Blake Lively, wore a gown inspired by the iconic New York City architecture, including detailing from the Empire State Building, draping from the Statue of Liberty, and constellations from Grand Central Station. She finished the look with a Statue of Liberty-inspired tiara showcasing seven tiers akin to the statute’s seven rays.
Dame Anna Wintour in Chanel
Continuing the tiara theme, fashion magazine veteran Anna Wintour dazzled the red carpet in Chanel, her attire consisting of a feathery, beaded dress with a poncho-style shrug. Her make-up perfectly complemented the outfit, with her deep pink blush and raspberry-coloured lipstick.
Paloma Elsesser in Coach
Inspired by Courtney Love’s slip dresses from the ’90s, the model oozed old Hollywood glamour, wearing a gown that explored the concept of undergarments as outwear, akin to the ornate corsets from the gilded era.
Tessa Thompson in Carolina Herrera
Tessa Thompson took our breath away in this elaborate custom Carolina Herrera number. Featuring a figure-hugging corset and plenty of frilly tulle layers, this candy floss-coloured gown was a subtle yet show-stopping nod to the Gilded Age theme.
Phoebe Dyvenor in Louis Vuitton
Making her Met Gala debut in a sheer peplum dress with lace and sequin embellishments, the Bridgerton actress perfected the alluring look with a thickly winged cat eye, oozing both allure and confidence.
Winnie Harlow in Iris van Herpen
Looking ethereal in haute couture, the model was a true work of art in a sculptural-like mini-dress and abstract white-and-golden headpiece.
Anderson .Paak in Gucci
Going all out in head-to-toe Gucci and donning an ornately embellished jacket, the rapper danced his way down the red carpet exuding energy and joy.
Jessica Chastain in Gucci
Jessica Chastain nails the brief with a little help from the inimitable Gucci creative director, Alessandro Michele. The head-turning sequin gown features crystal snake embroidery and is completed with handfuls of white gold, pink spinels, rubies and diamonds, courtesy of Gucci High Jewellery.
Alexa Chung in Christian Siriano
The epitome of silk simplicity, British fashion personality Alexa Chung served wedding-ready vibes in an elegant cream gown, aptly described by American designer Christian Siriano as ‘my goddess’.