Hollywood stars were out in force for fashion’s biggest night of the year at the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday night.
Kim Kardashian transformed into movie legend Marilyn Monroe for the glamourous event, as she arrived in the late star’s $5 million gown she wore in 1962 to wish President John F. Kennedy a happy birthday.
After weeks of speculation, the 41-year-old billionaire arrived wearing the iconic gown – complete with newly dyed platinum blonde hair.
While walking on the red carpet, Kim revealed that she had to lose 16 pounds to fit into the dress, opting to forgo carbs and sugar for three weeks.
A moment: Hollywood stars were out in force for fashion’s biggest night of the year at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday night. Kim Kardashian transformed into movie legend Marilyn Monroe for the glamourous event, as she arrived in the late star’s $5 million gown she wore in 1962 to wish President John F. Kennedy a happy birthday; she arrived with boyfriend Pete Davidson
‘This is Marilyn Monroe’s dress. It’s sixty years old. I had this idea to put it on and try it on. They came with armed guards and gloves. I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. I had to lose 16 pounds,’ she said on the red carpet.
‘I was determined to fit it… I did it…’ adding that she hasn’t eaten carbs or sugar for three weeks and also dyed her hair blonde.
For weeks, fans speculated that Kim was going to wear Marilyn Monroe’s $5 million gown she wore when she sang Happy Birthday Mr. President to John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday on May 19,1962.
Last month, she was photographed leaving Ripley’s Museum in Orlando where the dress is housed, leading fans to believe she was going to wear it.
Her Marilyn moment: After weeks of speculation, the 41-year-old billionaire arrived wearing the iconic gown – complete with newly dyed platinum blonde hair
During the premiere of the Kardashians last month, she revealed that she has to might not go because she has to fit in the dress since it cannot be altered.
In an interview with Vogue, Kim told the magazine that the idea came last fall at last year’s Met Gala.’
The dress: For weeks, fans speculated that Kim was going to wear Marilyn Monroe’s $5 million gown she wore when she sang Happy Birthday Mr. President to John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday on May 19,1962; Marilyn and JFK pictured on Mary 19, 1962 in New York City at his birthday party
Wow: Last month, she was photographed leaving Ripley’s Museum in Orlando where the dress is housed, leading fans to believe she was going to wear it
Blake Lively looked regal as she glided down the red carpet with husband Ryan Reynolds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Upper East Side neighborhood.
Blake’s dress transformed from pink to blue after three gentlemen helped her untie the bow along her waist, revealing a stunning sea blue colored skirt and train.
Incredible: Blake Lively looked regal as she glided down the red carpet with husband Ryan Reynolds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Upper East Side neighborhood
Magical! Blake’s dress transformed from pink to blue after three gentlemen helped her untie the bow along her waist, revealing a stunning sea blue colored skirt
In a red carpet interview, Blake explained that the inspiration behind the gown and jewelry came from New York City architecture and classic buildings.
Blake walked up the steps of the museum and paused as three gentleman helped untie the bow along her waist, revealing an icy blue skirt with gold accents and intricate glittery symbols.
Her pink gloves also turned blue and gold during the stunning transformation in the middle of the stairway.
The former Gossip Girl star paired the incredible frock with a tiara and emerald and diamond earrings.
In a red carpet interview, Blake explained the concept of the dress, which she said from New York City architecture and classic buildings.
Blake said: ‘Instead of looking to fashion to influence the dress, I looked to New York City architecture, the classic buildings. This is the constellation from Grand Central Station. This is Empire State building. The draping – Statue of Liberty, plus the crown which has seven tiers, the Statue of Liberty has seven rays representing the suns rays and then also the seven seas and continents which represents welcome-ness inclusivity and freedom. I sound like a Wikipedia page nd there are 25 window so Lorraine [Schwartz] put 25 stones at the bottom.
Pink! Blake stunned in the form fitting gown, which featured an intricate pattern and a statement rose gold bow and train
Then blue! She untied the bow to reveal a sea blue skirt and train, transforming the gown on the steps on the Met Gala
Gigi Hadid chose a burgundy look that featured latex bottoms with a corset and voluminous jacket; Gigi paired the futuristic look with crimson lips and a dimensional bun.
Hailey Bieber arrived wearing a silky white gown with a feathered duster coat, adding tights and black heels; The 25-year-old model wore her brunette hair pulled back with neutral makeup.
Vanessa Hudgens stunned in a completely sheer black gown featuring an intricate lace design along the torso and train; the actress’ matching underwear was visible beneath the dramatic number.
The former Disney star paired the striking dress with coordinating heels and statement diamond earrings and cuff.
Joining her on the sheer black dress trend were stars Maude Apatow, Joan Smalls and Phoebe Dynevor.
Wow factor: Blake’s gown had gold detailing along the train, a perfect sparkling touch to the pink tone
Eye catching: Blake posed on the carpet with blue still hidden under the pink skirt
Just like magic! With a snap of her fingers, Blake’s bow was untied to unveil the blue and gold skirt and train
Glamour: Blake heading up the stairs to the venue after her dramatic red carpet transformation
Red hot: Gigi Hadid chose a burgundy look that featured latex bottoms with a corset and voluminous jacket
Arrival: Gigi paired the futuristic look with crimson lips and a dimensional bun
Unique: Kylie Jenner wore an Off White gown featured a textured skirt, adding a statement headpiece
Dramatic: Kendall Jenner wore a black dress featuring an epic train but decided to rock unique makeup featuring a no eyebrow look
Stunning: Hailey Bieber arrived wearing a silky white gown with a feathered duster coat, adding tights and black heels
Strike a pose: The 25-year-old model wore her brunette hair pulled back with neutral makeup
Met Gala debut! Kourtney Kardashian made her Met Gala debut with fiance Travis Barker
Fashion! Vanessa stunned in a completely sheer black gown featuring an intricate lace design along the torso and train; the actress’ matching underwear was visible beneath the dramatic number
Breathtaking: The former Disney star posed for dramatic photos in the incredible gown, which was completely sheer
Sheer delight! The actress’ undergarments was visible beneath the gown
Kaia Gerber donned a sheer silver gown with fringed beading and cut out accents along the torso; she rocked long curly tresses with bejeweled detailing along the crown of her head.
The model posed with her boyfriend Austin Butler, 30, after he walked the red carpet with Priscilla Presley; Austin stars in the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.
Goddess: Megan Thee Stallion chose a gold feathered gown with sheer cut-out details along the sides
Silver siren: Kaia Gerber donned a sheer silver gown with fringed beading and cut out accents along the torso
Hair statement: Kaia rocked long curly tresses with bejeweled detailing along the crown of her head
Mesmerized: Kaia pictured with her boyfriend Austin Butler
Glittering: Kaia, 20, and Austin, 30, seen cuddling up on the red carpet
Bold: Billie Eilish chose a corset dress with sheer blue sleeves, adding two statement necklaces
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, is considered by many as the ‘Super Bowl of celebrity red carpets.’
Fashion’s biggest night is traditionally held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute in New York City, with last year’s event moved to September due to the pandemic.
This year’s dress code is ‘gilded glamour’ to match the theme of ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion,’ a continuation of last year’s ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.’
Statement: Sarah Jessica Parker wore a striped number and a eye-catching hat to the Met Gala
Glowing: Sophie Turner cradled her pregnant belly while posing with husband Joe Jonas
Gorgeous: Sophie, who is expecting her second baby with Joe, chose a silver and black number
Iconic: Janelle Monae donned a silver and black gown featuring a hair cover as well and matching cuffs while Gemma Chan opted for a similarly hued frock but with a different silhouette
Icon: Kate Moss chose a black gown with tights and matching heels, opting for an elegant understated look
Rock and roll! Austin Butler, who stars as Elvis Presley in the upcoming biopic Elvis, posed alongside Priscilla Presley, who was married to the King of Rock and Roll from 1967 until 1973
Dazzling: Kacey Musgraves brought a fan to pair with her striking gown
Chic: Claire Danes wore a sheer yellow gown with a headpiece while arriving on the carpet with husband Hugh Dancy
Bold: Olympian Chloe Kim chose a red and white gown featuring textured detailing
Star power: Tessa Thompson chose a voluminous pink gown with dramatic makeup
Sunshine! Kris Jenner chose a light yellow and silver number with gloves and a chainlink handbag
Family affair: Anna Wintour arrived in a bold feathered frock and crown while her daughter Bee Shaffer chose a sheer black lace number. Bee posed with her husband Francesco Carrozzini
Stunning: Tommy Dorfman chose a latex style dress with gloves
Early bird: Rachel Smith was among the first to arrive on the red carpet at the Met Gala on Monday for fashion’s biggest night of the year
Fierce: Lala Anthony opted for a burgundy number, showcasing her toned legs
Wow factor: Vanessa and Lala posed together on the carpet as well
Striking: YouTube sensation Emma Chamberlain opted for a crop top and skirt combination
On their way! Joe Jonas and pregnant Sophie Turner were spotted leaving The Mark hotel on their way to the event
Fashion queen: Anna Wintour seen leaving the Mark Hotel wearing a feathered number and a crown
Tickets for the glitzy event can reportedly cost up to $35,000 apiece, while prices for a table range from $200,000 to $300,000, with last year’s bash raking in a whopping $16.4 million for the Met’s Costume Institute.
Regina King, power couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are hosting this time, taking over from Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.
This will be Miranda’s first time as a Met Gala co-chair (and guest) but he was originally intended to co-host the 2020 edition before the pandemic forced its cancellation.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is once again supervising the benefit as chairwoman, a position she’s held since 1995. Her fellow honorary co-chairs are designer Tom Ford and Instagram head Adam Mosseri.
As usual, the sartorial theme comes from the exhibit the gala launches: ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion,’ which is the second of star curator Andrew Bolton’s two-part show exploring the roots of American style.
This exhibit will showcase some lesser-known designers, and also some top film directors, including Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, host King, and last year’s Oscar winner Chloé Zhao.
Bolton said eight directors will create what he called ‘cinematic vignettes’ in the period rooms of the American Wing of the museum.
Similar to the September event, there will be 400 guests this year, lower than the pre-pandemic highs of 500-600 attendees.
Vibrant: Lisa Love donned a floral number with sunglasses and a bold lip
Dapper: Hamish Bowles opted for a classic suit, adding custom loafers
The other four are Ford, the celebrated fashion designer who’s also an acclaimed film director, Janicza Bravo (Zola), Julie Dash (Daughters Of The Dust) and Autumn de Wilde (who directed the Jane Austen adaptation Emma. and is also a photographer).
The first part of the exhibition will remain on display in the rooms of the Anna Wintour Costume Center, along with the second part, until September 5.
More than half the pieces in the opening exhibition will be rotated out and garments from designers not yet featured will go on display.
The Met Gala is a huge money-maker for the museum, and provides the Costume Institute with its main source of funding.
BLAKE LIVELY’S MET GALA LOOKS OVER THE YEARS
Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds will be co-hosts of this year’s annual Met Gala celebration in New York City along with actress Regina King and singer/songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
This year’s Costume Institute Gala theme is In America: An Anthology of Fashion with a recommendation that guests dress in gowns inspired by the Gilded Age, according to The New York Times. Think corsets and big skirts.
Honorary chairs include Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram and Tom Ford, a high-end fashion designer best known for his stint at Gucci and, now, a film director.
Lively is no stranger to the event as she has gone nine times since her debut in 2008. Here is a look at her glamorous statements from years past.
2008 – RALPH LAUREN
The Gossip Girl actress wore a strapless black gown by Ralph Lauren which had feathers on the bottom below the knee as she added black gloves and diamond jewelry. Her honey blonde hair was worn back and she went light on the makeup. The theme was Superheroes: Fashion And Fantasy.
2008 – RALPH LAUREN
2009 – VERSACE
The siren revved up the sex appeal in a plunging royal blue gown from Versace with a high slit up her toned leg and narrow straps that made the most of her figure. She had a radiant tan and her hair was slicked back for added drama. Gold strappy heels made her look ready for a disco. The theme was The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.
2009 – VERSACE
2010 – MARCHESA
Again she was in royal blue, but this dress was very short, ending just below her panty line, which showed plenty of her her log lean legs. The Marchesa dress also had one wide embellished strap up one side. She added a big cuff bracelet, had her hair slicked back and added diamond stud earrings. The heels were black and nude pumps. The theme was American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.
2010 – MARCHESA
2011 – CHANEL
Lively looked like a royal in her metallic and nude floor-length Chanel gown that had a long sheer piece of fabric hanging down the front. Her strawberry hued hair was worn down in soft curls that fell over her shoulders in a Rita Hayworth fashion. She added strappy nude heels. The theme was Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.
2011 – CHANEL
2013 – GUCCI
Blake turned heads in a strapless pale blue gown with black feathers below the hips and a raven black bottom with a train. The dramatic dress was by Gucci. Her hair was pulled back and she kept the makeup glossy for an elegant look. The theme was PUNK: Chaos to Couture.
2013 – GUCCI
2014 – GUCCI
The Los Angeles native went with Old Hollywood glamour as she wore a sparkling blush pink gown from Gucci that had a plunging neckline, criss-crossed in front and had a mermaid finish with a substantial train. She also had a long piece of fabric falling down from the back of her shoulders. Her blonde hair was worn Veronica Lake style as it was parted to one side and had soft curls. Long dramatic ruby earrings matched her oversized ruby rings. The theme was Charles James: Beyond Fashion.
2014 – GUCCI
2016 – BURBERRY
It was pure elegance this year as the Age Of Adaline star wore a strapless light pink Burberry dress with red floral accents and long earrings with her hair in a stylish chignon. The star was pregnant at the time but did not look it. The theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology.
2016 – BURBERRY
2017 – VERSACE
Gold looked good on Lively as she stood out in a low-cut glittery dress from Versace that was long sleeved and tight on her hips with a blue feathered mermaid finish that matched her blue earrings. Once again her hair was pulled back as she added bronzed makeup. The theme was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.
2017 – VERSACE
2018 – VERSACE
It was a dramatic turn for the Hollywood goddess as she wore bright gold and deep maroon. Her Versace gown had a heavy train with beautiful beading as she added a gold headband to lend an angelic feel. The theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination.
2018 – VERSACE