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From Tinselling Tiaras To Covetable Corsets, We Break Down The Trends Spotted At The 2022 Met Gala

Turns out there was more than just gilded glamour.

By Ava Gilchrist
Despite the theme of the 2022 Met Gala set as 'Gilded Glamour', an obvious compliment to the museum's exhibition subject matter 'In America: An Anthology Of Fashion', it seems that some of the prestigious attendees took the dress code more liberally than others.
With this year's theme referring to the glistening Gilded Age of New York's upper echelon, guests were tasked with referencing the period between 1870-1890 where American society underwent a swift spell of industrialization.
White tie was the trend du jour, so naturally the guests took to the red carpet to sartorially reference the pioneering people, movements and underground subcultures that influenced the era and are still affecting American fashion to this day.
Given the Gilded Age was so heavily governed by the preceding Regency and Victorian periods, it was only expected that guests would be interpreting the same source materials for their time on the red carpet.
From the preferred headpiece to all the hidden details, keep reading below for the six trends spotted at the 2022 Met Gala.

Tinselling Tiaras

While this not-so-humble headpiece may have been reserved for pseudo-royals back in the Gilded Age, it seems the 2022 Met Gala attendees are making the tiara a mainstream mainstay.
From Emma Chamberlain, Blake Lively and Tommy Dorfman, the celebrity style set is clearly taking cues from Bridgerton (and Paris Hilton) for this subtly-elevated addition to their ensembles.
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Covetable Corsets

Despite this lingerie-esque, body-cinching number being reclaimed as the preferred choice of outerwear by cool girls around the world, the corset was an obvious pick to fit the theme of 'Gilded Glamour'.
Evan Mock took cues from womenswear by pairing his corseted suit jacket with a high-neck undershirt, elsewhere SZA embodied the queen of corsets (Vivienne Westwood) with her magenta bustier gown.
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Ostentatious Opera Gloves

The rise of regencycore has seen the Opera Gloves once again come back into fashion, and with the amount of gloves we spotted on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet we have no doubts this style will soon once again be everywhere.
Whether it's an ombré satin option like Blake Lively's pair, a delicate lace look like Billie Eilish's or latex like Tommy Dorfman's, this second-skin style is the most chic (and hygienic) way to keep yourself warm as we head into the cooler months.
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Dripping In Diamonds

Given the Gilded Age is known for its extravagance, opulence and excessive indulgence, it was no surprise to see the affluent A-listers dripping in diamonds. They are a girl's best friend, after all.
From Kim Kardashian's historic dress encrusted with 2,500 crystals to Emma Chamberlain's vintage Cartier choker, this precious gem is proving that all that glitters is gold.
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Intricate Embroidery

While some celebrities chose to reference the silhouettes of the Gilded Age, others chose to reference the popular materials that were prevalent during this period. Case in point, intricate embroidery was the hidden detail that brought this 1820 style to the 2020s.
Co-chair Blake Lively referenced the Gilded Age of New York by embroidering the constellations painted on the roof of Grand Central Station onto her train, while Hilary Clinton embroidered a proverbial 'friendship quilt' onto her dress by stitching the names of inspirational women from this era onto her dress.
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Feathers & Fringe

Although we predicted that pearls would be the accessory of choice for this years Met gala, it seems that feathers and fringe were the perfect finishing touch. With feathers itself a signal of wealth, what better way to say you're at the most prestigious (and expensive) event by decking yourself out in feathers.
Eiza Gonzalez opted to accessories her feather-trimmed gown with feathered-shawl with our favourite Featherington sister, Nicola Couglan wearing a dress by UK darling Richard Quinn with the addition of single feathers to add dimension to her look.
For Native American model Quannah Chasinghorse, feathers took on a new meaning as she paid tribute and honoured her own culture and the Indigneous communities who were marginalised and exploited during the Gilded Age by incorporating feathers into her braids.
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