Met Gala 2022: How to watch the red carpet live, what's the theme, who are the hosts

This year’s theme is 'In America: An Anthology of Fashion' following last year's 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion'


                            Met Gala 2022: How to watch the red carpet live, what's the theme, who are the hosts
Rihanna, Zoe Kravitz and Kendall Jenner were some of the best dressed celebrities at last year's Met Gala (Getty Images)
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Fashion’s biggest night out — the Met Gala — is returning to the first Monday in May for the first time since 2019, after holding a delayed event in September 2021 due to the pandemic. On May 2, some of Hollywood's biggest A-listers, models, and rising stars will come together for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to interpret the night's theme through their extravagant attires. 2021’s star-studded red carpet saw stunning looks from the likes of Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.

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Below is everything you need to know about this exclusive invitation-only event - the 'Super Bowl of fashion'.

Billie Eilish wore a stunning custom tulle corset gown by Oscar de La Renta at the Met Gala 2021 red carpet (Getty Images)

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What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is the annual fundraising event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where the event is held. The event welcomes stars and young creatives who walk the red carpet in their unique ensembles. The Gala first started in 1948, and it was exclusively attended by the cream of New York society, from fashion designers to the city’s elite and most wealthy.

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Inside the event, there is a strict “no social media allowed” policy, but fans can still catch a glimpse of the evening’s memorable looks as celebrities, influencers, and fashion icons arrive on the Met Gala red carpet. This year the red carpet will be hosted by Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, Vanessa Hudgens and La La Anthony.

When and how to watch the Met Gala?

Vogue will livestream the Met Gala red carpet on its website and across the publication’s social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook starting at 6 pm ET.

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You can also tune in on TV with E! Entertainment even without cable. This will be starting at 6 pm ET, 5 pm CT, and 10 pm GMT. E! will also be hosting a special Met Gala livestream on TikTok, showing some of the stars departing from The Mark Hotel.

You can also sign up for a free trial with a live TV streaming service, like a seven-day free trial to fuboTV to watch the Met Gala red carpet online.

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Kendall Jenner wore a sparkling Givenchy gownt for the Met Gala 2021 (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

What is this year’s theme?

This year’s theme is 'In America: An Anthology of Fashion' following last year's 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion'. As per the Met, Part One — the Lexicon — established a modern vocabulary of American fashion, whereas Part Two — the Anthology — provides a historical context for 'Lexicon.'

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Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s head curator, told Vogue that 'Anthology' will “reflect the evolution of American style” and also “explore the work of individual tailors, dressmakers, and designers.” 

What is this year's red carpet dress code?

The dress code for "fashion's biggest night" on May 2 is a white-tie affair with an emphasis on Gilded Glamour, per the fine print on Anna Wintour's invitation. That means guests are expected to channel the charm of the Gilded Age New York. It was an era marked by extravagance, and women commonly wore dresses that mixed fabrics and featured accessories such as lace and ruffles.

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As for the white-tie requirement — black and white-tie affairs are differentiated by levels of formality. And according to GQ, white-tie is the "undisputed champion." This type of dress code is required at only the most formal — and historic — of occasions. One of the last times white-tie was seen at a Met Gala was during 2014's theme, 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion,' which celebrated the work of the inventive American designer, known for his elaborate, structural ball gowns.

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ASAP Rocky and Rihanna at the 2021 Met Gala. We don't know if they will be there are this year's gala (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

Who is on the guest list?

While the guest list is top secret until just before the big event, the Costume Institute usually enlists a host of celebrities to co-chair the event. This year Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively will take the reins. Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as the official co-chairs and hosts. In 2021, the event was co-chaired by Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka and Timothée Chalamet.

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Some media reports have revealed that Megan Thee Stallion will certainly attend this year’s gala and that too wearing Moschino. Another celebrity who’s rumoured to attend this year’s event is Taylor Swift, but she hasn’t been seen walking up the steps since 2016, so it’s unsure whether she will be in attendance this year.

Kim Kardashian stole the spotlight at the Met Gala 2021 red carpet in a complete undercover Balenciaga Haute Couture outfit. This year she's rumoured to be wearing an iconic Marilyn Monroe dress (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Other names expected to be there this year include Rihanna, the newly engaged Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, and the entire KarJenner clan. According to PageSix, Wintour has invited all of the family members (women only) from The Kardashians — including Kourtney and Khloe who have never attended the Met. Kourtney is expected to attend with fiancé Travis Barker and Kim could bring beau Pete Davidson. Khloe Kardashian, Kendall, Kylie and Kris will also be in attendance. 

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Katy Perry is also expected to be at the event. There's no word on whether Rihanna, who is heavily pregnant, will be going. Despite being well known for her iconic red carpet looks, Zendaya won't be attending because she's “gotta work and make some movies” instead. But there’s always next year!

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