The Best (and Most Outrageous) Fashion Moments From the 2022 Met Gala

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Billie Eilish attends The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City.
Billie Eilish attends The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City.

Billie Eilish attends The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City. Credit - Theo Wargo—WireImage/Getty Images

On the first Monday in May, art and fashion enthusiasts alike ascended the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s stairs to celebrate fashion’s biggest night, the Met Gala. This year’s gala theme, Gilded Glamour, provided ample fodder for creative interpretation as well as endless opportunities for fashion statements. The theme is a nod to the museum’s exhibit itself, In America: An Anthology of Fashion.

Some attendees took a historical approach to their looks, including Sarah Jessica Parker who wore a sweeping Christopher John Rogers gown and Philip Treacy fascinator and Billie Eilish who donned a Gucci gown that was made entirely of existing materials for attire that was as sustainable as it was showstopping. Others took a more opulent interpretation of the theme, focusing on the glitz and richness of “Gilded,” like Cardi B’s Atelier Versace column gown made of jewelry and Lizzo’s gold embellished Thom Browne cape ensemble that she cheekily accessorized with her flute.

For some, the city in which the event took place was inspiration enough—Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys both sported looks (his, a team jacket and snapback over a tux; hers, a sparkling gown and cape with the NYC skyline on it) designed by Ralph Lauren and inspired by their hometown of New York City, while gala co-chair Blake Lively wore an Atelier Versace gown that changed colors from bronze to aqua, symbolic of the the Statue of Liberty’s patina. For others, however, American pop culture was all that was needed to compose a striking outfit. Kim Kardashian closed out the red carpet arrivals in the dress that Marilyn Monroe famously wore to sing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Here’s a look at the best (and most outrageous) looks from the Met Gala red carpet.

Lizzo arrives at The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City.<span class="copyright">Arturo Holmes—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images</span>
Lizzo arrives at The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City.Arturo Holmes—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys.<span class="copyright">Dimitrios Kambouris—The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images</span>
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys.Dimitrios Kambouris—The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images
Gigi Hadi.<span class="copyright">Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images</span>
Gigi Hadi.Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker.<span class="copyright">Angela Weiss—AFP/Getty Images</span>
Sarah Jessica Parker.Angela Weiss—AFP/Getty Images
Normani.<span class="copyright">John Shearer—Getty Images</span>
Normani.John Shearer—Getty Images
Tessa Thompson.<span class="copyright">Kevin Mazur—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images</span>
Tessa Thompson.Kevin Mazur—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images
Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto.<span class="copyright">Jamie McCarthy—Getty Image</span>
Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto.Jamie McCarthy—Getty Image
Cardi B.<span class="copyright">Jamie McCarthy—Getty Image</span>
Cardi B.Jamie McCarthy—Getty Image
Anna Wintour.<span class="copyright">Angela Weiss—AFP/ Getty Images</span>
Anna Wintour.Angela Weiss—AFP/ Getty Images
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.<span class="copyright">Matt Winkelmeyer—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images</span>
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.Matt Winkelmeyer—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images
Evan Mock.<span class="copyright">Kevin Mazur—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty</span>
Evan Mock.Kevin Mazur—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty
Billie Eilish.<span class="copyright">Kevin Mazur—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images</span>
Billie Eilish.Kevin Mazur—MG22/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images
Kim Kardashian.<span class="copyright">John Shearer—Getty Images</span>
Kim Kardashian.John Shearer—Getty Images