The first Monday on May rolled around once again for the fashion elite to gather in New York City for the Met Gala, an event to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and the most important red carpet in any fashion calender. This year the exhibition was In America: An Anthology of Fashion, which explored the history and origins of American fashion, and the dress code was Gilded Glamour and White Tie.

The theme Gilded Glamour refers to the Gilded Age or the period of 1870-1890 in American history, a period of large economic growth. The word ‘Gilded’ means to cover in a thin layer of gold, and coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, the name ‘The Gilded Age’ showed that although there was large amounts of wealth and glamour in the time period on the exterior, corruption lied beneath.

Heavily influenced by European royalty, Gilded Age fashion included fabrics of silk, satin, velvet and lace, corsetry, heavy embellishments and embroidery, feathers, drapery, and the statement bustle (a padded undergarment to create an exaggerated rear at the back of the skirt). Colours would be rich and looks were and ostentatious, but most of all the period was defined by excess.

 

THE BEST DRESSED

The best dressed stars of the night made an impact in glamorous gowns inspired by the historical theme and modern interpretations of the time period. 

 

CLASSIC GILDED AGE