this will be the ‘dress code’ of the next edition

The Met Gala returns to its usual slot, the first Sunday in May. The day 2 of next month will be held ‘Oscars’ of fashion and at the bottom of the invitations that have already been sent to hundreds of ‘vips’ there is a small but vitally important inscription: the ‘dress code’, the dress code.

In 2020, for the ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ edition, the theme was trivia. In 2021, for the ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ exhibition, it was all about American independence. And on May 2, 2022, for ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’, it is requested gold glam and white tie.

Like the fashion series

Celebrities will be able to play dress-up with clothes inspired by the so-called ‘Gilded Age’, which reflects the series ‘The Golden Age’ (HBO Max), or also in ‘The Bridgertons’ (Netflix). A period that Martin Scorsese portrayed so well in 1993, in ‘The Age of Innocence’, with a very young Winona Ryder leading an all-star cast where they were also Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Elise Taylor of ‘Vogue’, the magazine that organizes the event, with its director Anna Wintour at the helm, has explained the theme and its origins, writing that the colors of the time “were deep, rich jewel tones” and that “hats were a must for going out and were often adorned with feathers.” In short, the extravagance will be trading high on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 2.

The hatching of New York

The ‘Gilden Age’ (golden age), which lasted from 1870 to 1890 (to Mark Twain is credited with coining the term in 1873), was a time of prosperity and cultural change, and a time of unprecedented industrialization. In those years, the great fortunes that apparently emerged overnight, with prosperous businesses such as the incipient railway, built the skyscrapers of New York. By then Thomas Edison’s light bulb (1882) and Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone (1876) were patentedFifth Avenue grew and grew and, in 1893 the magazine ‘Vogue’ was bornwith the mission of publishing the “point of view of the cultivated citizens of the world”.

Meters and meters of fabric

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Thanks to new electric and steam looms fashion experienced a time of excess, meters and meters of fabric. The women’s dresses combined many textiles, such as satin, silk, velvet, and fringe, plus sumptuous embellishments with lace, bows, ruffles, and ruffles. The colors were rich and deep, with a fondness for golden tones, like jewels.

On May 2nd we will see these proposals updated in the next Met Gala 2022, whose ‘hosts’ this time it will be the actors Regina King, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, in addition to the composer and producer of ‘Encanto’ Lin-Manuel Miranda. For their part, the designer Tom Ford, the director of Instagram Adam Mosseri and the director of ‘Vogue’, Anna Wintour, will again act as honorary co-chairs.

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