Goth-Girl Glamour Was the Met Gala’s Most Unexpected Look

The Met Gala 2022 dress code was white tie, with celebrities encouraged to translate the glamour of the Gilded Age through a modern lens. Dust off Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence, recommended Vogue, highlighting one particular quote from the author’s portrayal of New York’s golden years: “Everything about the Countess Olenska shimmered and glimmered softly, as if her dress had been woven out of candle-beams, and she carried her head high, like a pretty woman challenging a roomful of rivals,” wrote Wharton of the excess of the era, when extravagance was everything. 

But while there were a handful of lit-from-within glowing looks at the Met Gala 2022, the most memorable dresses subscribed to an altogether more gothic school of fabulous.

A Morticia Addams–Kate Moss moment by Burberry.

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Fellow Riccardo Tisci muse Irina Shayk tapping into the motorcycle fashion trend.

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Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry table set the tone for this wonderfully rebellious take on red-carpet wear. Irina Shayk, who is obsessed with full-look leather, wore a biker babe version of a suit complete with a deconstructed corset and spunky shirt and tie, while Kate Moss modeled a midnight-black velvet reconstructed trench gown. 

Bella Hadid also did dark corsetry and lace, while Naomi Campbell’s gown was detailed with tiny equestrian knights, which seemed to spell out how fierce Burberry’s glossy posse looked in all-black.

Lizzo having a major corsetry moment in Thom Browne.

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Kerry Washington doing the underwear as outerwear trend, care of Tory Burch.

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A handful of guests revamped the corset trend in inky shades befitting the drama of Met Gala night. (Lighter colors were only worn at home during the period of more-is-more style from 1870 to 1890, for fear garments might be sullied on the streets of New York.) 

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