by Zsófi Benyi

An infinite red carpet flecked with plump clouds of fashion serving ‘Gilded Glamour’ is the Met Gala of 2022. Who wore your favorite look this year on the biggest night of life? Looking beyond the mouth-watering present red-carpet looks: What does the future of the Met Gala hold?
The 2022 Met Gala theme is ‘Gilded Glamour’, and the exhibition is titled: In America, An Anthology of Fashion. Past years brought along Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, and so much more. Hold your breath as the digital fashion revolution explodes all over the scenes! Some of us rightfully wonder when the theme will adjust to the digital phenomenon of NFTs in luxury worlds that are transforming our reality, overgrowing human imagination: the inspiration behind the 2022 Gala, the Gilded Age of America stretching between 1870 and 1900, can be connected to rising families like The Rockefellers, related to new money, marking this period. Mark Twain phrases it in his book titled: “The Gilded Age” as “…a time when one is filled with vague longings; when one dreams of flight to peaceful islands in the remote solitudes of the sea…” If we look ahead to the future, we see a contrast between the two time periods, still, we also can relate to dreaming of peaceful islands where current global issues like war, global warming, and a pandemic are unknown. The Met Gala is opening its doors: to excite fashion-lovers from all over the globe, in pajamas, at work, wherever they find themselves when the clock hits, watching the event live-streamed can now peek behind the curtains! Will the event unfold even more into the power of digital magic: does that mean we will see even more transformation, making the Gala more diverse and accessible than ever before? Will NFTs and Virtual Reality be the secret weapon when doing so?