Meet Blake Lively, Met Gala 2022's A+ student. The actress—who serves as co-chair of this year's event, alongside her equally fashionable husband Ryan Reynolds and Hollywood talents Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda—regularly shows up and shows out at the annual Costume Institute benefit, but she truly studied up for this year's "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" theme and its "gilded glamour" dress code.
The Met Gala has only just kicked off but so far, we're a bit...underwhelmed by some of the sartorial choices we're seeing on the heavily scrutinized red carpet. Leave it to Lively to, well, liven things up with not one but two on-theme looks, pulling a Drag Race-worthy reveal mid-carpet à la Lady Gaga back in 2019. This is surely going to be one of the most memorable Met Gala fashion moments ever.
Watch that iconic Blake Lively Met Gala transformation:
In an homage to Gilded Age-era New York City, Lively was outfitted in an Atelier Versace gown (and matching metallic opera gloves—we told you long gloves were back!) that transformed as she ascended the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
With the help of several red-carpet handlers, the bow of her copper Art Deco stunner unfurled to reveal a massive, patina-green train that reportedly took inspiration from Lady Liberty herself. Adding to the look, the train was also festooned with the celestial map found on the ceiling of Manhattan's famed Grand Central Station. Talk about doing your homework!
Unsurprisingly, the gala crowd positively roared when Lively's final look was unveiled.
Blake Lively’s dress gets unveiled on the 2022 #MetGala red carpet.#MetGala2022. pic.twitter.com/anUmN1VSsHMay 2, 2022
Fans react to that Blake Lively Met Gala reveal:
It wasn't just folks at the Met Gala who were screaming for Blake's 'fit.
What were all glossing over is that the train literally has the grand central constellations on it so if you need me I’m dead! https://t.co/e4uhGA4Qj5May 2, 2022
Blake Lively every year #MetGala #MetGala2022 pic.twitter.com/SvUc5C0dsdMay 2, 2022
ok we got blake lively everyone else can go home pic.twitter.com/r42tliTFyuMay 2, 2022
Blake lively referencing lady liberty in her dress like that is how you do a theme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻May 2, 2022
THE QUEEN OF FOLLOWING THEME AND EATING UP THE EVENT BLAKE LIVELY HAS BLESSED US #MetGala https://t.co/0i91zZyce3 pic.twitter.com/CUHOrMKjz1May 2, 2022
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