Four hundred actors, musicians, models, athletes and stars of social networks, each one more extravagant than the last, attended the gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York, after two and a half years of absence due to the pandemic.
Hardly anyone wore a mask, but to strut down the cream carpet at one of the world’s most popular events You had to be vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19.
Sharon Stone, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Meghan Fox, Venus Williams, Gigi Hadid, Diane Kruger, Erykah Badu, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Emily Blunt, Kristen Stewart, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean and Isabelle Huppert were some of them : Monday night, in the heart of Manhattan, the Met hadn’t seen so many world stars since May 2019.
“It’s surreal!” Exclaimed the American rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who found it “a bit strange” to meet with so many people on the most select evening in the city – or in the world – that are barely recovering from the pandemic.
In an incredible yellow Valentino dress, American singer and dancer Normani, very excited in front of the forest of microphones and cameras, said that she felt like a “princess, a black queen”.
The Met Gala is an annual charity event for the Costume Institute, a branch of the museum devoted to fashion, which has its own budget and is financially independent from the Met itself.
Created in 1948, the gala was for a long time an event reserved for the high and wealthy New York society, the main source of patronage for the Met.
It opened little by little starting in the 1970s, before transforming after the arrival of the high priestess of fashion and editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, in 1995.
She propelled the galaxy into the galaxy of “popular” events, adapted to the era of social media and the democratization of fashion, to the point that it is sometimes compared to the Los Angeles Oscars.
But the 2020 edition was canceled when New York was suffocated by the coronavirus epidemic.
And this year’s, which is usually held on the first Monday in May, was postponed to this Monday night, before the 2022 edition, scheduled for early May. It has about 1,200 guests, as before the pandemic.
The honorary presidency is shared by Anna Wintour, fashion designer Tom Ford and Instagram boss Adam Mosseri; while singer Billie Eilish, the actor Timothée Chalamet, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis player Naomi Osaka are co-chairing this particular year’s gala, which is dedicated to young people, the “generation Z”.
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