Magnificence at the MET

At the recently held 2022 MET Gala, celebrities shone like celestial wonders in couture gowns and sharp suits, dripping with precious jewels

Donatella Versace looked to the American Gold Rush and Gilded Age of the 1800s for her Met Gala outfit. The custom Atelier Versace tulle bustier is inspired by corsetry of the Gilded Age and finished with frayed denim details which extend to the skirt. An embroidery finish of frayed denim, Swarovski gold crystals, gold-leather, and chains, are in reference to the California Gold Rush era.

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Cardi B's Met Gala outfit was a high-voltage take on Gilded Age high-glamour. Atelier Versace embroidered a mile of golden metal chains above an illusion tulle column dress in a hand-craft process that took 20 members of the Atelier 1,300 hours to complete. Medusa medallions and the Versace Greca embellished in crystal decorate the chains, visually recalling coins in an abundance of glamour. The intricate embroidery features are also on the arms and neckline, with a hand-sculpted chain collar that plays into the traditional image of a Victorian coat ruff. The full design seemingly gilds Cardi herself, a deserved indulgence for the artist whose debut album was certified gold on the exact day of its release on April 6, 2018.

Blake Lively with her chameleonic look. Getty Images Blake Lively on the red carpet. Getty Images

Blake Lively celebrated New York architecture and artistry with her Met Gala 2022 look.

Arriving on the red carpet in a custom Atelier Versace tulle column dress embroidered with crystal, metallic leather, paillette, and tri-tone copper foil duchesse, an oversized foiled bow at the waist unravelled to reveal a second look in Verdigris patina – mirroring the transformation of New York's Statue of Liberty from bronze to oxidized green. The long duchesse train features a hand painted, foiled, and embroidered celestial map inspired by the 12 zodiac constellations decorating the ceiling of Grand Central Station. The original shape of the dress draws inspiration from American designer, Charles James, while art deco shapes recall New York landmarks like the Empire State building. Olivia Rodrigo. Getty Images

Olivia Rodrigo referenced Gilded Age elegance with her custom Atelier Versace dress at the Met Gala. Inspired by the Gilded Age's reflection of opulence, the column dress is crafted entirely from hand-embroidered metal crystal mesh in a spring lavender tone. The design features a cowl neckline and an intricate rear corset with crystalized boning against nude tulle, emphasizing the era's attention to enhancing the female form. Draped shoulder detailing and a leg slit complete the look.

Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade. Getty Images

Dwyane Wade wore a custom Atelier Versace suit to the Met Gala. A contemporary reimagining of Gilded Age elegance, the slightly oversized jacket and matching tailored pants are crafted from white heavy satin, and is worn shirtless. The number 75 is embroidered to the sleeve in celebration of Wade's selection to the NBA 75th anniversary team.

Gabrielle Union-Wade attended this year's Met Gala in a custom Atelier Versace gown that gave tribute to the changing roles of women and the emerging Black activism which occurred during the Gilded Age. The dress is crafted in hand-linked metal crystal mesh with a plunging neckline and snatched waist, and features a platinum satin-effect lurex train topped with duchesse and a degradé of silk and hand-embroidered crystal flowers. An embroidered red flower at the waist pays direct homage to a gown worn by Diahann Carroll – a women’s rights activist and first African-American woman to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Emily Ratajkowski. Getty Images

Emily Ratajkowski attended the Met Gala 2022 in an archival Atelier Versace dress from the Spring-Summer 1992 collection. A metal bustier is enriched by Baroque leaves and multicoloured resin stone details. The floral and geometric printed skirt is crafted from georgette with golden tulle and beaded fringes.

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Gigi Hadid attended the Met Gala in an Atelier Versace custom puffer coat worn over a corset catsuit, in a modern interpretation of coats from the late 1800s and a refresh of the Dollman silhouette for a new age of glamour. Crafted in a deep jewel-toned burgundy silk duchesse, the oversized opera coat features a degradé quilted finish and is worn over a latex catsuit with boned corset and Atelier Versace pointed neckline. The corset and the overexaggerated volume of the jacket confront each other in a decadent display of contrast inspired by the volume and dramatic change in womenswear silhouettes of late 1800s.

Lena Waithe. Getty Images

Lena Waithe wore a custom Atelier Versace ensemble inspired by American Southwestern flair and turn-of-the-century men's tailoring to this year's Met Gala. A long jacket with open back and narrow lapels in reference to the style of late-1800s America, and a pair of wide-leg palazzo pants, are crafted from turquoise duchesse, with the coat featuring hand-embroidered stud and crystal details in reference to the glitz of the Gilded Age. The look is completed with an embroidered tulle long-sleeve t-shirt with a see-through effect finishing.

Lily James. Getty Images

Lily James wore a custom Atelier Versace dress that captured the unabashed glamour, excess, and aspirational elegance of the Gilded Age to the annual Met Gala. A nude tulle illusion dress is covered entirely in strings of pearls in reference to their representation of royalty, decadence, and the gaining of new feminine freedoms during the Gilded Age. Each pearl is hand-embroidered and modernized in a metallic dusty blue coating. The design features asymmetric lines, a common design feature of the era, an open back with further pearl embellishments, and a keyhole cut-out neckline.

Cole Sprouse. Getty Images

Cole Sprouse channelled the excesses and stardom of the Gilded Age with his custom Atelier Versace outfit for the Met Gala. Suiting is modernized in a contemporary retelling of the changing suit aesthetic of the late 1800s. A slim-fit blazer in silver duchesse is accompanied by a metal mesh tank top – a style in reference to the top worn by iconic musician Prince in a Versace photoshoot of the 1990s. A fun play on a turn-of-the-century three-piece suit, a gilet is finished with embroidered paillettes and crystals, which also feature as side bands along the length of the tailored tuxedo pants.

Chiara Ferragni. Getty Images

Chiara Ferragni attended the Met Gala 2022 in an archival Atelier Versace dress. The long evening dress was debuted on the Atelier Versace Fall-Winter 1997 runway. It is crafted from soft leather and silk jersey draped from the right-hand side towards the back.

Billie Eilish. Photo Courtesy Billie Eilish Instagram.

Billie Eilish wore jewellery by Fred Leighton set in platinum – including an early 20th century diamond swag brooch, set in platinum, a c 1900 old European cut diamond riviere, set in platinum and gold, a c 1900 diamond fringe necklace, set in platinum, c 1910’s round diamond pendant earrings, set in platinum and gold; a collection of vintage diamond stackable bands, set in platinum, as well as Early 20th diamond and filigree rings, set in platinum, some with pink sapphires and orange-brown diamonds.

Hailey Bieber. Photo Courtesy Hailey Bieber Instagram. Hailey Bieber's Tiffany ring Hailey Bieber's Tiffany Victoria bracelet Hailey Bieber's platinum jewellery bracelet by Tiffany Hailey Bieber wore earrings by Tiffany

Hailey Bieber wore jewellery by Tiffany & Co. set in platinum, including earrings with diamonds, set in platinum, diamond rings set in platinum and an array of Tiffany Victoria® bracelets – tennis and cluster bracelets with diamonds, set in platinum.

Maude Apatow. Courtesy Maude Apatow Instagram.

Maude Apatow wore jewellery by Cartier set in platinum – a Cartier Essential Lines High Jewelry necklace with diamonds, and Cartier High Jewelry earrings with diamonds.

Emma Chamberlain. Courtesy Emma Chamberlain Instagram.

Emma Chamberlain wore jewellery by Cartier set in platinum – the most outstanding piece being a vintage Cartier diamond necklace made in Paris in 1928, which was once part of the most exquisite diamond necklace made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala, a vintage Cartier diamond tiara (Paris 1911), Cartier High Jewelry earrings with diamonds, Cartier 1895 earrings with diamonds, Étincelle de Cartier wedding band with diamonds, set in platinum.

Kaia Gerber. Photo Courtesy Kaia Gerber Instagram.

Kaia Gerber wore jewellery by Kwiat set in platinum – an oval rose cut diamond cluster ring.

Sarah Jessica Parker. Photo courtesey Sarah Jessica Parker Instagram. Sarah Jessica Parker's Fred Leighton ring Sarah Jessica Parker wore a ring by Fred Leighton

Sarah Jessica Parker wore jewellery by Fred Leighton set in platinum, most notably the following rings – a round diamond ring (11 carats) signed Fred Leighton, set in platinum, a Fred Leighton Early 20th century pink sapphire and diamond ring, by Cartier, a Fred Leighton Early 20th century marquise diamond ring, a Fred Leighton Early 20th century onyx and diamond ring.

Gabrielle Union. Courtesy Gabrielle Union Instagram.

Gabrielle Union wore jewellery by Tiffany & Co. set in platinum – earrings with diamonds, Tiffany Victoria® diamond vine bracelet, Tiffany Victoria® cluster tennis bracelet with diamonds, Ring with a diamond (over 5 carats) and additional diamonds, Tiffany Victoria® Band ring with diamonds, Tiffany Victoria® diamond Vine bypass ring. And Dwayne Wayde wore a Tiffany Victoria® Mixed Cluster necklace with diamonds, set in platinum.

Emma Corrin's vintage pocket watch. Courtesy Emma Corrin Instagram. Emma Corrin wore this ring by Cartier

Emma Corrin wore jewellery by Cartier set in platinum: Vintage Cartier earrings (London 1934) with diamonds, Vintage Cartier Cliquet pin (New York 1928) with diamonds, Vintage Pocket Watch (Paris 1914, shown here) with onyx, Cartier High Jewellery ring with emerald, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier High Jewellery ring with diamonds.

Mark Rober. Courtesy Mark Rober Instagram.

Mark Rober wore a watch by Jacob & Co. set in platinum.

Dwayne Wayde wore this necklace by Tiffany and Co.

Dwayne Wayde wore a Tiffany Victoria® Mixed Cluster necklace with diamonds, set in platinum, by Tiffany & Co.

Christine Baranski’s jewellery by Kwiat and Fred Leighton

Christine Baranski wore jewellery by Kwiat and Fred Leighton set in platinum: Kwiat emerald cut diamond studs (6 carats each), Fred Leighton Art Deco sapphire and diamond bar brooch, Fred Leighton old European cut diamond ring (10 carats), by Van Cleef and Arpels, Fred Leighton Art Deco diamond and white enamel cufflinks, by Cartier.

Austin Butler's Cartier necklace

Austin Butler wore jewellery by Cartier set in platinum: a Cartier High Jewellery necklace with sapphire (shown here), a vintage Cartier Cliquet pin (New York 1928) with diamonds.

Maye Musk Chopard necklace worn by Maye Musk Maye Musk's Chopard For You Ring Maye Musk's Chopard Haute Joaillerie bracelet

Model Maye Musk – also Elon Musk’s mother – selected a necklace from the Red Carpet Collection in 18 k yellow gold and titanium featuring a 42.97-carat black opal, 22.47 carats of cultured pearls, 20.75 carats of rubies, brown diamonds, pink sapphire and diamonds, earrings from the Copacabana Collection in 18-karat rose gold featuring 109.18 carats of rubies and 0.70 carat of diamonds, bracelet from the Haute Joaillerie Collection set in 18 k Fairmined certified white gold and titanium featuring 99.86 carats of morganites and white diamonds and a ring from the For You Collection featuring emeralds and diamonds.

Gigi Hadid Gigi Hadid's Chopard necklace Gigi Hadid's Precious Lace Chopard ring

Mode Gigi Hadid shined in a necklace from the Haute Joaillerie Collection featuring 326.34 carats of black cultured pearls, 33.86 carats of rubellite tourmalines and 9.93 carats of diamonds set in 18 k rose gold and a ring from the Precious Lace Collection in 18 k rose gold featuring rubies and diamonds.

Jenna Ortega Jenna Ortega's Chopard Precious Lace ring

Actress Jenna Ortega shone in a pair of earrings in 18 k Fairmined Certified rose gold and titanium featuring 27.62 carats of rubellites and 7.84 carats of orange red sapphires, a ring from the Haute Joaillerie Collection in 18-karat white Fairmined certified rose gold and white gold featuring pink diamonds and diamonds, a ring from the Precious Lace Collection in 18 k white gold featuring diamonds and a diamond ring from the Happy Butterfly Collection in 18 k white gold.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

Alicia Keys wore a custom Ralph Lauren Collection cape cut from duchess satin and encrusted with jewelled embroidery that details the New York Skyline and glimmers with the subtle sparkle of more than 200,000 crystal stones. Beneath the cape, Alicia wore a statuesque column dress made with 30,000 transparent crystal stones and black lacquer sequins.

Swizz Beatz wore a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Handmade Cream Silk Shantung Dinner Jacket, Piqué Bib Poplin Tuxedo Shirt, Black Wool Tuxedo Trouser, Black Silk Satin Bow Tie, White Linen Pocket Square, Black Velvet Slipper, Antique Stud Set, Ralph Lauren Matte Black Steel Stirrup Watch, Ralph Lauren Yankees Leather Bomber Jacket, and Ralph Lauren x New Era Yankees Hat. Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of Major League Baseball.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds wore a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Handmade Brown Velvet Peak Lapel Tuxedo, Piqué Bib Poplin Tuxedo Shirt, White Piqué Vest, White Piqué Bow Tie, White Linen Pocket Square, Brown Leather Chelsea Boot, and Antique Stud Set and Cufflinks.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe wore a custom Ralph Lauren halter dress with a fluted mermaid skirt that is richly embroidered and beaded with 36,000 jet black rhinestones. The look also features an elegant bib and hood adorned with shimmering crystal stripes and black beaded sequins.

Jasmin Tookes

Model Jasmine Tookes sparkled in a necklace from the Haute Joaillerie Collection featuring a 25.80-carat pear shaped emerald and 34.03 carats of diamonds set in 18 kt white gold.

Shalom Harlow

Shalom Harlow wore a Ralph Lauren Collection Red Silk Faille Top featuring a dramatic Bow and Train with a Black Silk Cady Skirt. The look is a custom version of a Ralph Lauren Fall 2022 Collection Runway look.

J Balvin

J Balvin wore a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Handmade Tailcoat Tuxedo, Wingtip-Collar Piqué Bib Poplin Tuxedo Shirt, White Piqué Vest, White Piqué Bow Tie, White Linen Pocket Square, Black Patent Leather Shoe, RL867 Steel Watch, Antique Starburst Pin, Antique Cabochon Moonstone Pin, Antique Watch Fob, Vintage White Gold and Onyx Stud Set and Cufflinks, and a Black Cane.

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon wore a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Handmade Shawl Collar Tuxedo.

Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste wore a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Handmade Black Velvet Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket, Piqué Bib Poplin Tuxedo Shirt, Silk Jacquard Vest, Black Wool Tuxedo Trouser, and Black Silk Satin Bow Tie.

David Lauren

David Lauren wore a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Tuxedo Tailcoat, Wingtip-Collar Piqué Bib Poplin Tuxedo Shirt, White Piqué Vest, White Piqué Bow Tie, and Double RL Jeans.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively’s look was inspired by warm-toned metals and coppers starting with a bronzed contour on the skin. Her eyes were washed with a combination of matte browns for structure and metallic rose golds and coppers to play off her Versace gown. I made her lips a gentle terracotta tone to bring some brightness to the makeup palette.” – Makeup and skincare by Kristofer Buckle. Charlotte Tilbury products used: Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil, Airbrush Flawless Foundation, Beautiful Skin Bronzer (Launching May 19th!), Beauty Light Wand in Pillow Talk, Eyes to Mesmerise in Chocolate Bronze, Luxury Palette of Pops in Pillow Talk, Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk Medium, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna, Collagen Lip Bath in Gold, Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara.

Kate Moss. Courtesy Charlotte Tilbury Instagram

“Kate Moss’s look was all about glowing, gilded Hollywood skin with a bronzed, sun-kissed contour using Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation, Hollywood Contour Wand (in Medium/Deep) and Beauty Light Wand (in Spotlight and Goldasm). I softly defined her eyes with a brown feline flick, and we decided to go bold on the lips to match the femme fatale aesthetic of her Burberry trench gown by painting on a cool-toned red with the Hot Lips (Matte Revolution) Lipstick in Carina’s Love. I am obsessed with how the classic glamour of this look came together with a pop of fresh, modern red for confident colour!” – Makeup by Sofia Tilbury. Other Charlotte Tilbury products used: Magic Away Concealer, Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, The Classic Liner in Classic Brown, Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes! Mascara, Lip Cheat in Kiss N Tell.

Phoebe Dynevor. Courtesy Charlotte Tilbury Instagram

The inspiration for Phoebe Dynevor’s makeup look was a modern interpretation of Victorian Glamour. She wore a beautiful, black lace dress by Louis Vuitton, so we created a fresh, flawless looking skin using Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation, with a reverse feline flick to accentuate the shape of her eyes against her dark, crimped hair. We finished with a pretty pink lip using the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Runway Royalty and pressed Charlotte’s Hollywood Contour Wand over the cheeks to create a pared back monochromatic contour.” - Makeup by Sofia Tilbury. The rest of the Charlotte Tilbury products used: Hollywood Flawless Filter, Magic Away Concealer, Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, Brow Lift in Natural Brown, Hollywood Exagger-Eyes Liner Duo, Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara, Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude, Collagen Lip Bath in Pillow Talk.

Eiza Gonzalez

“The inspiration for Eiza Gonzalez’s makeup look was modern Hollywood glamour. She wore a beautiful white dress by Michael Kors, so we used silver and grey tones on her eyes to give some slight edge to her glamourous look.” - Makeup and skincare by Kate Synnott. Charlotte Tilbury products used: Instant Dry Facial Sheet Mask, Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil, Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Magic Lip Oil, Beautiful Skin Foundation, Magic Away Concealer, Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Beauty Light Wand in Pillow Talk, Rock ‘n’ Kohl in Midnight Blue, Luxury Palette in The Rock Chick, Full Fat Lashes Mascara, Brow Lift in Soft Brown, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk Medium, Superstar Lips in Pillow Talk.

Amber Valette and Charlotte Tilbury

Supermodel Amber Valetta and makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury had Team Tilbury take care of their skincare and makeup needs for the evening. Charlotte Tilbury products used: Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum, Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil, Beautiful Skin Foundation, Hollywood Contour Wand in Light/Medium, Supernudes Face Palette, Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, Airbrush Bronzer, Pillow Talk Multi-Glow in Romance Light, Beauty Light Wand in Pinkgasm, Brow Cheat in Soft Brown, Pillow Talk Eyeliner, Luxury Palette in Mesmerising Maroon, Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara, Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Romance, Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray.


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