Met Gala 2022 ‘Gilded Glamour’ Theme Draws Mixed Reactions: ‘Impeccable Timing’

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The 2022 Met Gala theme drew mixed reactions.

The highly anticipated Met Gala returns on the first Monday in May this year after a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus. Guests attending part two of the September event were told the theme was “Gilded Glamor and White Tie.”

As usual, the sartorial theme comes from the exhibition the gala is launching – “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, which is the second in star curator Andrew Bolton’s two-part exhibition exploring the roots of American style. .

However, many thought it was ironic given the current state of the US economy. The US economy contracted at an annual rate of 1.4% last quarter despite strong consumer and business spending.


Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner appear on the red carpet at recent Met Galas.
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“Too much on the nose for the Met Gala to have a ‘Gilded Age’ theme on the very day we know the US economy is contracting,” a Business Insider reporter wrote on Twitter.

“Gilded Glamour? They’re begging for pitchforks, aren’t they?” Tom Bevans, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, tweeted.

“The WHCA and Met Gala just days apart, hot on the heels of today’s economic news. Just absolutely perfect optics for everyone involved,” another journalist added.


Kylie Jenner and Rihanna at the last Met Galas.

Kylie Jenner and Rihanna at the last Met Galas.
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“Impeccable Timing”, David Burge tweeted.

Others are looking forward to the event and have commented on who could wear the theme best.

“Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj CHEWER would be the Gilded Glamor theme for this year’s Met Gala,” a user wrote next to photos of the two.

“The Met Gala theme is Gilded Glamour? Doja is ready,” another user added.

The theme and the participants usually draw some criticism from the viewers.


Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the September 2021 Met Gala.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the September 2021 Met Gala.
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representing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., came under fire after attending the gala in September wearing a dress that read “Tax the rich.” The dress choice drew criticism, as tickets to the Met Gala can cost upwards of $30,000.

Generally, companies buy tables. A fashion brand – Michael Kors, for example – would then welcome its desired celebrities or fashion muses. But each paid seat would cost around $35,000, although some guests are invited for free.

While speaking on the red carpet, Ocasio-Cortez said she chatted with the dress’s designer, Aurora James, “about what it means to be working-class women of color at the Met.”

“And we said, we can’t just play the game, but we have to break the fourth wall and challenge certain institutions, and even though the Met is known for its spectacle, we should discuss it,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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