When is the Met Gala 2022? Date, UK time, what is it, theme, how to watch, and which celebrities will attend?
After the attendees have walked the red carpet, what actually happens at the Met Gala is top secret
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The Met Gala is to fashion what the Oscars are for the film industry - and this year the opulent event has returned to its usual May date after being disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years.
This is everything you need to know about the Met Gala 2022, including this year’s theme explained - and who could be on the top secret guest list.
What is the Met Gala - and when is it?
The Met Gala is a fundraising charity event to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute organised by the American fashion magazine Vogue. It’s held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Since it was established in 1948, the Met Gala has since become the biggest night of the year for fashion, with guests expected to follow a unique theme decided upon annually.
What happens at the Met Gala after the guests have graced the red carpet is actually a secret - those who have been invited must adhere to a strict no phone and no social media policy.
Vogue says that the event “usually includes a high-profile performer (like Rihanna), and guests always explore the exhibition before sitting down together for dinner”.
This year, the Met Gala is returning to its traditional date of being held on the first Monday of May which is today - Monday 2 May.
Over the past two years, the Met Gala has been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic - in 2020, it was cancelled altogether and in 2021 the gala was held but in September rather than in May.
What’s the theme this year?
This year, the theme for the Met Gala is Gilded Glamour, which is actually acting as a part two to last year’s In America: An Anthology of Fashion.
Vogue explains that the theme will ask its attendees to “embody the grandeur - and perhaps the dichotomy - of Gilded Age New York”.
It adds: “The period, which stretched from 1870 to 1890 (Mark Twain is credited with coining the term in 1873), was one of unprecedented prosperity, cultural change, and industrialisation, when both skyscrapers and fortunes seemingly arose overnight.”
Speaking to event organiser Vogue, head curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, said that the theme will focus on “inclusivity in fashion”.
Vogue says: ““Who gets to be American?” was a question posed at Parabal Gurung’s spring/summer 2020 show, and it will be addressed at the Met Gala 2022, as well.”
Who is hosting?
The Met Gala live stream will be hosted by Vogue editor at large Hamish Bowles, actor and singer Vanessa Hudgens (The Princess Switch, Spring Breakers) and American TV personality La La Anthony (Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Flavour of Love).
In March of this year, Vogue announced that Regina King (The Harder They Fall, Watchmen), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl, A Simple Favour) and husband Ryan Reynolds (The Adam Project, Free Guy), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights) would be hosting the night as the Met Gala official co-chairs.
Who is on the guest list?
Up until the evening before the Met Gala, the guest list is kept secret, however it’s safe to assume that some of the biggest celebrities and designers will almost certainly be in attendance.
Those rumoured to be on the guest list this year include the likes of Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Harry Styles, Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson, Adele, Timothee Chalamet, Chloe Zhao, Billie Eilish and more.
How can I watch in the UK?
Fashion fans can watch the Met Gala red carpet through Vogue’s live stream on its website as well as across its other digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
The stream will begin at 6pm EST which translates to 11pm here in the UK.