The Met Gala 2022 dress code is bringing 'Bridgerton' to the red carpet

What we know about the Met Gala 2022 so far...

Blake Lively attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.
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Attention fashion fiends! The Met Gala 2022 is fast approaching and unlike last year—when it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—things are back to their regularly scheduled programming. As is tradition, the biggest event on the fashion calendar will take place on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

This time, the sartorial extravaganza will celebrate the Costume Institute’s exhibition on American fashion, titled "In America: An Anthology of Fashion." The theme is part two of the Met's ode to American history through a fashion lens and follows on from part one, titled "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," which opened in September 2021. But of course, what we're all dying to know is what the dress code will be and Vogue has FINALLY made the long-awaited announcement. 

This year, Met Gala guests will follow a "gilded glamour" dress code. Think Bridgerton-style gowns that could resemble anything from the Bridgerton lingerie collection (we can think of a few celebrities who would go there) to the regal costumes we all fell in love with on HBO's The Gilded Age—or one of the other many shows like Bridgerton.  

"To celebrate “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” the second volume in a two-part Costume Institute exhibition, the 2022 Met Gala will ask its attendees to embody the grandeur—and perhaps the dichotomy—of Gilded Age New York," Vogue announced on Instagram. 

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So, with just a few weeks until the big day, here's everything you need to know about the Met Gala 2022, including the star-studded line-up of red-carpet hosts...



When is Met Gala 2022?

The Met Gala 2022 will take place on May 2, 2022, which marks the first Monday in May. 

Why is fashion's biggest night held on a Monday of all days? It wasn't always the case. The gala has been held since 1948 but used to take place in late November or early December, reports The Independent (opens in new tab).

From 2001 through 2004, the Met Gala was in April, but from 2005 on, it has occurred on the first Monday of May, under the tutelage of Met Gala chairwoman and Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. 

What is the Met Gala 2022 theme?

Like the September 2021 edition, the 2022 theme is centered on American fashion as the event honors part two of the Met exhibition. The second installment is titled "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," whereas the first was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," which opened at the museum in September. The first exhibit is currently still on show at the Anna Wintour Costume Center and features designs from American fashion legends including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.

Meanwhile, part two of the exhibit is set to open on Saturday, May 7, and aims to explore the fundamental foundation of American fashion, including individual designers who worked in the U.S. between the 19th-century to the late-20th century. 

Both parts of the In America exhibit will close on Monday, September 5, 2022.

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Who are the 2022 Met Gala hosts?

This year, Vogue has announced that the Met Gala will be co-chaired by our favorite Hollywood couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, alongside actor-directors Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Designer Tom Ford, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s own Anna Wintour will also continue their roles as the event’s honorary co-chairs.

What do these co-chairs do? Those who are musically inclined, like former honorees Harry Styles and Lady Gaga, have historically taken to the stage and performed during the famed Met Gala dinner. "The role of a co-chair also expands into the guest list, the food, the decor and the general feel of the evening," reports British Vogue (opens in new tab). Will we get that live performance of "We Don't Talk About Bruno" that we've been waiting for? Fingers crossed!

Now, let's just hope this year they don't have drama like that Met Gala seating chart 2021 fiasco!

Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty.  She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few. 

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