Fashion and Failures: A Review of the 2022 Met Gala


Julia Egtvet, Reporter

The Met Gala was held on Monday May 2nd, 2022 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Gala is an annual fundraising event that marks the opening of a new exhibit. While raising money for the museum, the evening allows A-listers to mingle and show off their style with fashion tailored to a particular theme. 

This year’s Met Gala theme was Gilded Glamour, something that few actually took note of and honored with their outfits. The Gilded Age took place from 1870 to 1900 and below are the 5 best and 5 worst interpretations of the theme from the exclusive event.


1. Blake Lively

Photo: Jamie McCarthy
Photo: Jamie McCarthy

The inspiration behind this gorgeous dress by Versace was the Statue of Liberty along with other iconic Gilded Age architecture such as Grand Central Station. When the statue first arrived in the United States in 1885, it was copper and eventually oxidized to the greenish color we see today. Blake brought this history and theme to life as her bow unfurled into a stunning train.


2. Billie Eilish

Photo: Jamie McCarthy

Billie Eilish’s Gucci dress hit many of the highlights of Gilded Age fashion. The pleating on the skirt creates a bustle which was incredibly popular at the time and the corset is also very on theme. The dress was made completely out of recycled materials.



3. Nicola Coughlan

Photo: Jamie McCarthy

This Bridgerton star nailed Gilded Glamour with the silhouette of her dress. At her first Met Gala appearance, she clearly understood and embraced the evening.


4. Stephen Jones and Amy Fine Collins

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

While individually these looks would not stand out, together they look fantastic. Stephen Jones’s suit fits perfectly and the hat is a nice touch while Amy Fine Collins picked a perfect dress.


5. Madelaine Petsch

Photo: Jeff Kravitz

Madelaine Petsch successfully modernized the theme without ditching the core ideas. The pattern and color of the dress are beautiful and the gloves along with jewelry help to tie it all together.



1. Gwen Stefani

Photo: Gotham

Clearly Gwen forgot that the highlighter was invented in 1962. Not only was this look not on theme, it was also hideous.


2. Sebastian Stan

Photo: John Shearer

Men of the Gilded Age typically wore understated, well-fitting suits. Nothing about this is understated or well fitting. 


3. Awkwafina

Photo: Jamie McCarthy

The ombre look of this dress is already bad but the silver details do not help Awkwafina’s case at all. The Gilded Age was all about gold and riches, so at a minimum, this dress should have been enhanced with gold detailing. 


4. Hoyeon Jung

Photo: Kevin Mazur

While Hoyeon Jung and Louis Vuitton reference to the invention of denim during the 1870s in this look, the silhouette does not match the era at all.


5. Maude Apatow

Photo: Kevin Mazur

While this Mui Mui dress is not ugly, it would be more fitting if the theme was 1920s Hollywood. Maude seemed to forget to Google the Gilded Age.




The Met Gala is always a fun event to see where fashion is at and see the successes and failures of celebrities and designers.