Hailey Bieber used Jerry Hall as her inspiration.
Bieber showed up on the carpet in a silk Saint Laurent gown that featured a halter neckline and a high slit. She accessorized with black tights and a silk-and-feather jacket.
Bieber’s look was an ode to supermodel Jerry Hall, and her outfit was nearly identical to the one Hall wore on the YSL spring/summer 2002 runway.
That 2002 collection was Yves Saint Laurent’s last for his namesake label, and Hall wore that gown to channel actress Marlene Dietrich.
Blake Lively had a mid-carpet quick change.
Lively, cochair of the 2022 Met Gala with husband Ryan Reynolds, had a dress that changed while she was walking the carpet.
The actress first showed up wearing an iridescent and beaded Versace gown with a voluminous copper bustle and matching opera gloves. She added a crown and Lorraine Schwartz diamond earrings.
Midway through walking the carpet, Lively unfurled the bustle to reveal a copper and turquoise train with intricate details, completely transforming her look. She also swapped out her copper gloves for ones that matched the skirt.
Every inch of Lively’s look was inspired by New York City architecture.
In an interview with The Cut, Lively pointed out the “constellation from Grand Central Terminal” on her skirt and references to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty in her outfit.
Her Lorraine Schwartz crown also featured architectural elements. She said, “The crown has seven tiers — the Statue of Liberty has seven rays representing the sun’s rays — and the seven continents. It also has 25 windows, so Lorraine put in 25 stones.”
The way her gown changed from copper to turquoise was also a nod to the Statue of Liberty and was meant to be reminiscent of the patinated copper on the statue.
Kim Kardashian wore an iconic Marilyn Monroe dress.
Kardashian didn’t just go for a look inspired by Marilyn Monroe— she wore the same Bob Mackie dress Monroe did while singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy.
“What’s the most American thing you can think of? And that’s Marilyn Monroe,” Kardashian told Vogue. “For me, the most Marilyn Monroe moment is when she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to JFK, it was that look.”
The reality star also said the dress was transported by guards, and she had to wear gloves to try it on. Originally, it didn’t fit her, and since it couldn’t be altered, she said she lost 16 pounds in three weeks to be able to wear it.
She said she also only wore the dress for a few minutes. She used a small dressing room at the bottom of the stairs to change into it when she arrived. After walking the carpet, Kardashian changed into a replica of the gown, and the original was returned to its vault.
Emma Stone wore one of the dresses from her wedding afterparty.
Stone stepped out in a short and simple white-feather dress from Louis Vuitton.
According to a Vogue tweet, Stone’s dress is the one she wore to her wedding afterparty, though she had never worn it publicly before.
Hillary Clinton’s gown paid homage to inspirational American women of the past.
For her first appearance at the Met Gala in 21 years, Clinton added some history to her Joseph Altuzarra gown.
The politician told Vogue that the gown was hand-embroidered with the names of famous women of the past that she admires, such as Madeleine Albright, Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Lady Bird Johnson, and Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham.
Altuzarra said he had to be “very thoughtful” about what the look “would mean to the theme and to the occasion.”
“I knew that I wanted the dress to have a personal component for her,” Altuzarra also told Vogue. “When someone like Hillary goes to the Met, it’s not just like, ‘there’s Hillary at the Met and she’s wearing a dress.’ It has a lot of significance.”
Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress was a homage to a Black designer.
Parker wore a black-and-white Christopher John Rogers gown that paid homage to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, the first Black female fashion designer in the White House.
Keckley was a former slave who moved from Virginia to DC in 1860 and became the official dressmaker to first lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
The dress was based on a design Keckley made in 1860.
“The idea was to highlight the dichotomy between the extravagant, over-the-top proportions of the time period, and the disparity that was happening in America at the time,” Rogers told Vogue.
Alicia Keys’ cape featured the New York City skyline.
Keys showed up on the carpet in a black Ralph Lauren design with a dramatic cape that featured a jeweled depiction of the New York City skyline.
“My inspiration is our city,” Keys told People. “New York City forever. To just be able to have the Empire State here — Ralph Lauren is from New York. We really just wanted to bring New York to the gala. I love it.”
Riz Ahmed’s look was a nod to immigrant workers from the Gilded Age.
British-Pakistani actor Ahmed chose to make a statement with his look by Salvadoran-American designer Angelo Urrutia, founder of 4SDesigns.
He wore a silk shirt and undershirt with an understated Cartier necklace. He told Vogue, “This is an homage to the immigrant workers who kept the Gilded Age going.”
The designer also told the publication that the heavy silk and wool touches were “inspired by noble immigrant workers.”
Quannah Chasinghorse’s look was a nod to the indigenous people of America.
Model and activist Chasinghorse used her Met Gala look to shine a light on the indigenous people of America. She is a member of the Han Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota tribes.
According to Allure, her eye-catching jewelry was designed for her by beadwork artist and indigenous activist Lenise Omeasoo.
Taylor Hill’s train featured gorgeous embroidery.
Model Hill wore a stunning, royal-blue Miss Sohee gown.
The back of the look featured intricate and detailed floral embroidery that aligned with the theme of the night.
Lizzo wore an intricate hand-embroidered coat and carried a flute, which she played on the carpet.
The singer wore a hand-embroidered gold-and-black coat with a black gown by Thom Browne, who told Vogue the coat took 1,200 man-hours to create.
Her dramatic manicure also stood out, as her dark nails were filed into an impressive corkscrew shape. She joked to Vogue that she would be opening everyone’s wine bottles.
The singer also brought a beautiful gold flute, which she used for an impromptu performance in the middle of the carpet.
Lizzo learned how to play the flute in intermediate school. She once told CBS News, “I remember in the fifth grade, I just wanted to be really good. I was, like, ‘I want to be really good at the flute. Everybody else is so bad.'”
Elements of Ashley Park’s look were an ode to Audrey Hepburn.
Park walked the carpet in a colorful Prabal Gurung ensemble that featured a hot-pink corset and train with a black-and-white ostrich-feather skirt and green stilettos.
She accessorized with some sparkling diamond neckpieces and earrings that she told People were “an ode to Audrey.” Hepburn wore a similar necklace in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is set in New York.
Gabrielle Union’s look was inspired by Diahann Carroll.
Union’s silver Versace gown — with a red, floral accent around the waist and a feathered train — was inspired by Diahann Carroll’s famous look.
According to People, she told Vogue’s livestream that she gets “a little emotional” when she talks about “everything that goes into the making of this dress and what inspired it.” She said, “Because when you think about the Gilded Age and Black and brown people in this country, this country is built off of our backs, our blood, sweat, and tears.”
She added, “So we added these red crystals to represent the blood spilled during the accumulation of gross wealth by a few during the Gilded Age, off of the backs of Black people and people of color in this country.”
Sydney Sweeney’s dress transformed from long to short.
For her first time at the Met Gala, the “Euphoria” star arrived in a deceptively simple white Tory Burch gown with a peplum waist and silver heels by Aquazzura.
Midway through the carpet, the actress transformed the dress by removing the long, billowing bottom to reveal a shorter version of the garment.
Made up of a mile of gold chains, Cardi B’s dress took 1,300 hours to create.
Cardi B’s gold Atelier Versace gown was reminiscent of the opulence of the Gilded Age.
According to People, a release from the brand stated that the dress was made up of “a mile of golden metal chains” that were stitched onto the nude tulle fabric. The process of creating the gown took 20 team members and 1,300 hours to complete.
The rapper even showed up in a Barocco-print-wrapped convertible to match her gold gown and stick to the theme.
Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian wore matching skirts.
Barker and Kardashian matched with coordinated looks by Browne.
Kardashian wore a black-and-white color-block maxi skirt with a cropped white button-down, and Barker wore a white-tie shirt with a pleated skirt and black stockings.
According to People, the television star told Vogue that her look is “basically like a deconstructed version” of her husband’s.
Shawn Mendes had his initials embroidered inside of his jacket.
Mendes showed up on the carpet in a Tommy Hilfiger overcoat with red lining. He opened his jacket to reveal his initials, “SM,” embroidered on the gold fabric.
Jessica Chastain’s dress featured an interesting snake detail.
Chastain’s opulent look boasted a custom ruby Gucci gown made of duchesse silk with sequin detailing. Specifically, the gown featured a winding, crystal-snake embroidery.
A matching headpiece, Gucci High Jewelry earrings in 18-karat white gold, pink spinels, and diamonds, plus a tinder head ring featuring white gold, rubies, and diamonds completed her look.
Tommy Dorfman’s bag had a message on it.
Dorfman made her Met Gala debut in a deep-emerald rubber Christopher Kane gown, elevated with accessories in-line with the theme.
The actress told People, “The jewelry is actually from the times, so this crown is almost 200 years old, which is pretty sensational.”
Dorfman topped off the look with a small green handbag, with the gold words “protect trans kids” on it.
Kylie Jenner wore a baseball-cap veil with her wedding dress.
Jenner appeared on the carpet in an actual wedding dress from the latest Off-White collection.
She paired the traditional-looking gown with a veil that incorporated a baseball cap.
Cara Delevingne painted her body gold.
The supermodel showed up wearing a satin red Dior haute-couture suit with tails.
When she removed the top, she revealed her bare torso, which she was painted gold and covered with gold nipple covers and chains.
Lily Aldridge’s gown was covered in 170,000 crystals.
Aldridge wore a custom Khaite gown made by Cate Holstein, which featured a long train and 170,000 crystals.
Holstein told Vogue that the dress took “180 hours of craftsmanship” and was “partially inspired by the craftsmanship and precision I witnessed by European artisans at the Homo Faber exhibition in Venice this past April.”
Eric Adams wore a tux with a message on the back.
The New York City mayor’s look was adorned with custom art by Nigerian artist Laolu, who is based in New York City. The back of the tux said “end gun violence” above a pistol in a red circle with a prohibitive slash across it.
“The mayor has a great sense of style,” Adams’ press secretary Fabien Levy told the New York Post. “And he came up with the idea. He wants to send a message specifically. One of the things that is causing problems in our society is gun violence.”
A couple got engaged on the Met Gala steps.
Footage captured by Today and Entertainment Tonight shows New York City’s commissioner of cultural affairs Laurie Cumbo and her now fiancé, Bobby Digi Olisa, walking the carpet.
Halfway up the steps, her partner dropped to one knee to propose. After Cumbo accepted the ring, the two kissed and had a tearful embrace in front of the cameras.