The Met Gala 2022’s best and worst dressed stars: Elon Musk looked dashing with his mum Maye, Kim K sparkled in Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress, and Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz wore Valentino

The Met Gala red carpet is a showcase for some of the most glamourous Hollywood looks in history. Photos: Reuters; AP; AP; AFP

The Met Gala 2022 returned to New York City on May 2, the first Monday of the month, and it was a star-studded bash indeed. With the theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” following last year’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, the fundraising event had a dress code of “gilded glamour”.

During fashion’s biggest night out, we saw lots of gold and embroidery mixed with white, burgundy and pink – thanks to Valentino and its dedicated pink collection. A sea of colour palettes was matched with voluminous silhouettes, fringes and glitter. Vintage fashion emerged as a prominent trend this year as stars like Emma Stone recycled her wedding dress and the Louis Vuitton gang all donned an archival piece each.

Here are this year’s best dressed celebrities – as well as those who missed the mark – at the Met Gala.

The best

1. Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker wore an outfit by Christopher John Rogers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala, on Monday in New York. Photo: AP

Met Gala regular Sarah Jessica Parker once again showed off her sartorial know-how. The And Just Like That … star opted for a statement outfit from designer Christopher John Rogers. Featuring a silhouette perfectly fitting the Gilded Age theme, the outfit – one of our favourites from the evening – is also a tribute to the first black White House fashion designer, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley.

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2. Kim Kardashian

For The Met Gala 2022, Kim Kardashian wore the iconic shimmering gold dress from Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 performance for former US president John F. Kennedy. Photo: AP
Kim Kardashian broke the internet once again, this time with her head-turning Met Gala appearance. The reality star chose the iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in her 1962 performance of Happy Birthday, Mr. President to then POTUS, John F. Kennedy. (And hello there, Pete Davidson.)

3. Blake Lively

Blake Lively gave New York’s Statue of Liberty new meaning with her custom Atelier Versace ensemble for her appearance as co-host of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala on Monday. Photo: AP

Co-host of the Met Gala this year, Blake Lively looked regal in a custom gown from Atelier Versace. Echoing the transformation of New York’s Statue of Liberty from bronze to oxidised green, the two-toned dress is lavishly embroidered with crystal, metallic leather, paillette and tritone copper foil duchesse.

4. Gigi Hadid

Model Gigi Hadid dons a bold burgundy puffer opera coat as she arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: AFP

Gigi Hadid showed up in a silky burgundy puffer opera coat on top of a corset and latex catsuit.

5. Cardi B

Cardi B wore a stunning Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet for the Met Gala. Photo: EPA-EFE

Cardi B took Gilded Age glamour to the fullest by wearing a number from Atelier Versace. The ensemble features an illusion tulle column dress covered with embroidered golden metal chains and decorated with Medusa medallions and the Versace Greca.

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6. Iris Law

Iris Law wore a feathered Moschino gown that showed off her toned physique at the 2022 Met Gala celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Iris Law donned a beautiful gown from Moschino.

7. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union-Wade

Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade both wore Atelier Versace to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala. Photo: AP

Dwyane Wade wore an oversized white satin jacket and matching tailored pants from Atelier Versace to the Met Gala. His wife, Gabrielle Union-Wade, also chose a bespoke Atelier Versace gown that pays tribute to the rising black activism taking place during the Gilded Age.

8. Jared Leto and Alessandro Michele

Jared Leto, right, and Alessandro Michele went for a twins look in head-to-toe Gucci as they attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala. Photo: AP

Jared Leto and his long time collaborator, artistic director of Gucci Alessandro Michele, showed up in twinning fashion from the Italian label.

9. Simone Ashley

Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley wore a Moschino combo as she attends the benefit gala. Photo: AP

Bridgerton star Simone Ashley made a stunning debut wearing a gold-and-black bustier and maxi skirt combo from Moschino.

10. Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo wore Louis Vuitton for her red carpet appearance. Photo: AP

Actress Cynthia Erivo donned a white lace gown with a long feathered white cape from Louis Vuitton, topped with a bespoke headpiece made from upcycled materials.

11. Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne channelled chic pieces from Dior Haute Couture’s spring/summer 2019 collection for the Met Gala. Photo: AP

Cara Delevingne looked sleek in a burgundy ottoman jacket and satin trousers from Dior Haute Couture’s spring/summer 2019 collection.

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12. Khloé Kardashian

Khloé Kardashian wore Moschino for her Met Gala debut. Photo: AP

Khloé Kardashian made her Met Gala debut in a gold beaded fringe Moschino gown.

13. Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion looked like a glamorous goddess for her appearance at the Met Gala. Photo: AP

Megan Thee Stallion dazzled in Moschino.

14. Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner wore a ruffled white dress for her red carpet appearance. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Kylie Jenner wore a ruffled white wedding dress and veil in homage to the late designer Virgil Abloh.

15. Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner wore a long Prada dress for her Met Gala 2022 outfit. Photo: Reuters

We loved Kendall Jenner’s OTT Prada gown.

16. Elon Musk and his mother, Maye

Maye Musk attends the Met Gala with billionaire son Elon Musk. Photo: AP

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX who recently scored Twitter with a mega US$44 billion deal, showed up at the event in a classic black and white tuxedo.

Having attended with his ex-girlfriend Grimes in 2018, Musk walked alongside his mother Maye Musk this time, who wore a Dior Haute Couture burgundy velvet dress and a mini Lady Dior handbag.

17. Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan wore a boxy ensemble for her red carpet appearance. Photo: Reuters

We love how Gemma Chan thought out of the box of Gilded Age designs, and opted for a boxy silhouette for the occasion.

18. Emma Stone

Emma Stone wore one of her after-party wedding dresses to the Met Gala. Photo: AP

Emma Stone showed us all how to do circular fashion by re-wearing one of her wedding after-party dresses to the Met Gala – and it looked perfect.

19. Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz

Brooklyn Beckham, left, and Nicola Peltz both wore Valentino for their first married couple appearance at the Met Gala 2022. Photo: AP

Newlyweds Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz showed up in Valentino.

20. HoYeon Jung

HoYeon Jung wore Louis Vuitton at the Met Gala. Photo: AP

HoYeon Jung was dressed in a vintage black and navy suede short dress from Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 collection and leather boots from the brand’s autumn/winter collection.

21. Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo wore a sparkly Valentino number for her second appearance at the Met Gala. Photo: AFP

Olivia Rodrigo appeared as a purple fairy dressed in Versace for her second appearance at the Met Gala.

22. Eileen Gu

Eileen Gu wore all-black for her Met Gala appearance. Photo: AP
Olympic ski champion Eileen Gu jetted from Beijing to New York after the Winter Olympics in a vintage black leather dress from Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2017 collection.

The so-so

1. Hailey Bieber

Model Hailey Bieber attended the Met Gala 2022 in a white dress on May 2, in New York. Photo: AFP

Hailey Bieber’s red carpet outfit was a bit of a miss for us, and the draping was a bit weird.

2. Emma Corrin

Emma Corrin wore Miu Miu at the Met Gala. Photo: AP

Emma Corrin struck an offbeat note wearing the preppy style from Miu Miu.

3. Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish wore a white gown at the Met Gala 2022. Photo: Reuters

While we love that Billie Eilish’s dress is made completely with upcycled materials, the dress itself isn’t very flattering.

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4. Katy Perry

US singer Katy Perry arriving at the Met Gala 2022 in a black ensemble. Photo: AFP

Katy Perry’s black and white gown seems more suited to a funeral than a celebratory occasion.

5. Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid wore a black multilayered number for her appearance at the Met Gala. Photo: AP

Compared to Bella Hadid’s gorgeous beaded look in 2021, this year’s look from the supermodel did not hit a high mark.

6. Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian

Recently married, Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian attended the Met Gala 2022. Photo: AP

Kourtney Kardashian walked the red carpet with her new husband Travis Barker in matching black and white. But the disproportionate corseted off-white waist design just did not go well with the cropped white blouse or the long black skirt.

7. Kris Jenner

US socialite-businesswoman Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: AFP

Another Kardashian who did not make an impressive appearance this year was Kris Jenner, who stepped out in a draping one-shoulder yellow number for the evening.

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8. Paloma Elsesser

Paloma Elsesser opted for Coach during her red carpet appearance at the Met Gala 2022. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Plus-size model Paloma Elsesser chose Coach for the evening, but the accessories around her neck made her look stifled.

9. Naomi Campbell

British model Naomi Campbell arrives at the Met Gala 2022. Photo: AFP

As one of the most acclaimed red carpet queens, we had higher expectations from Naomi Campbell.

10. Emily Ratajkowski

US model Emily Ratajkowski arrives at the Met Gala. Photo: AFP

It takes a special outfit indeed to make model Emily Ratajkowski look unsightly, and this carnival number is definitely one of them.

11. Ariana DeBose

Oscar winner Ariana DeBose at the Met Gala, wearing Moschino. Photo: EPA-EFE

Ariana DeBose’s Moschino dress somehow looked overbearing and it also dwarfed her.

12. Awkwafina

Awkwafina at the Met Gala in New York. Photo: Reuters

Awkwafina has been missing the mark on several fashion red carpets lately, and she didn’t redeem herself here.

13. Irina Shayk

Russian model Irina Shayk arrives at the Met Gala. Photo: AFP

Cool look, but Russian model Irina Shayk’s style did not exactly fit the theme.

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