How Blake Lively broke the Internet by channelling the Statue of Liberty with her Versace gown at the 2022 Met Gala.
Every year, all eyes are on the celebrities (on their red-carpet looks, to be precise) attending Met Gala, the annual fundraising ball held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. While almost everyone tries to make a statement, there are only a few who manage to stand out at the fashion world’s biggest annual spectacle. And Blake Lively sure knows how to make an entrance!
Co-host of 2022 Met Gala along with her husband Ryan Reynolds, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Regina King, Lively lived by this year’s theme, ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’, with the gilded glamour dress code and showed up to the red carpet in a breathtaking floor-length Atelier Versace gown. The strapless stunner piece in rose gold-copper had a huge bow with billowing layers pinned at the waist, embroidered with crystal and metallic leather. The fashion standout walked up the stairs in matching evening gloves and a sparkling crown by Lorraine Schwartz.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, she took a pause and three tuxedo-clad assistants gathered to help her with the most dramatic dress reveal ever! The bow was soon unpinned and, in no time, a cascading turquoise train unravelled down the stairs. Within seconds, her rose gold gloves were also slipped off to disclose the turquoise ones underneath. The world stopped and watched in awe as Lively gracefully, almost magically, transformed into a living homage to the Statue of Liberty!
The ‘Gilded Age’ refers to the time period between 1870 and 1890 when New York City saw an astounding growth in terms of economy and technology. The Hollywood star’s gown changed colours to mirror the oxidation process of the iconic Statue of Liberty, which was built in 1886. The seven spikes in Lively’s crown mimicked those in the crown of the statue that represent the seven seas and the seven continents.
Lively also revealed that the rose-gold front was also inspired by the architecture of the Empire State Building, while the turquoise was embroidered with a celestial map inspired by the same 12 zodiac constellations that are painted on the ceiling of Grand Central Station! Ever since Lively had first stepped on the Met Gala red carpet, she has not even once disappointed. But this time, her inspired transformational gown wasn’t just a serving look, it literally took the world on a journey through New York City and its ‘gilded’ past.