Blake Lively wore a stunning two-tone gown that paid homage to New York City architecture.
Lively arrived wearing a rose-gold Versace gown with a beaded bodice that was inspired by art-deco architecture. An aspect of the Gilded Age, which lasted from 1870 until 1900, was heavy industrialization and a new focus on landmark buildings that weren’t just functional, they were impressive too.
Lively’s fashion team then untied the large bow on the side of her dress, revealing a turquoise underlayer that paid homage to the Statue of Liberty. The actress also told E! News that the colors of her gown were meant to mimic the landmark’s oxidation after it changed from copper to green.
Billie Eilish hit the nail on the head with her Gilded Age-inspired look.
The songstress wore a Gucci green-and-yellow corset dress with lace sleeves and a purple flower attached to its neckline. The entire look was inspired by an 1885 portrait of Madame Paul Poirson, which was finished at the height of the Gilded Age.
According to a previous post by Insider, “gilded glamour” refers to a time during which the upper class of New York and other northern states had a “more-is-more approach to fashion,” in part because technological developments made it easier to buy more clothes than ever before, as Vogue reported.
Cardi B wore a gold chain-mail dress that was dripping in gilded glamour.
The rapper attended the event alongside Donatella Versace herself. According to Vogue’s livestream, Versace estimates that more than a half-mile worth of gold metal chains were used to create Cardi B’s dress, while the embroidery took 1,300 hours and 20 craftspeople to complete.
Kacey Musgraves looked straight out of the Gilded Age in a black Prada gown with rainbow crystal detailing.
She accessorized the look with black gloves and a black-feathered fan that appeared to be inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in the 1993 movie “The Age of Innocence,” which was based on the Edith Wharton novel set during the Gilded Age.
Megan Thee Stallion took her own spin on the gilded-glamour theme in a daring gold dress with matching feather-shaped shoulder pads.
The opulent dress also featured side cutouts and a thigh-high slit. Moschino created her dress to represent different types of diamonds, according to E! News.
Lizzo proved she understood the assignment in a black corset gown by Thom Browne and an over-the-top brocade coat.
Lizzo embodied high-society glamour by playing a rare flute worth $5,000 on the red carpet, according to E! News. The coat alone took 22,000 hours to make, she told Vogue during the publication’s red-carpet livestream.
“I’m just so happy to be in it, I feel like a piece of art,” she told Vogue.
“Bridgerton” star Nicola Coughlan wore an opulent ball gown with feather detailing and crystal embellishments.
She paired the over-the-top look with a sweeping black shawl that trailed behind her.
Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda looked completely on-theme in period-inspired looks.
Miranda, who co-chaired the event, looked dapper in classic white-tie men’s fashion, while Nadal stunned on the red carpet in a plum-colored dress with puff sleeves and a low neckline.
Sarah Jessica Parker wore a striped black, white, and gray ball gown inspired by the work of seamstress and civil activist Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley.
E!’s Zanna Roberts Rassi said Parker’s look was inspired by Keckley and the fact that she was able to purchase her freedom in 1855 using the earnings she made from being a seamstress.
Parker worked with Christopher John Rogers, a Black Southern designer, to create the jaw-dropping look. Although the dress was particularly inspired by one of Keckley’s designs from 1860, a decade before the Gilded Age technically began, the extravagant, over-the-top look was still in keeping with the theme.
Cynthia Erivo wore a one-of-a-kind headpiece inspired by Black women of the 1800s.
The actress, who’s slated to star in the upcoming film adaptation of “Wicked,” wore the headpiece with an opulent Louis Vuitton look and an archival trunk handbag.
Sydney Sweeney looked sweet in a Tory Burch ball gown with a corset-style top.
The white gown featured a tearaway skirt that revealed a minidress.
Precious Lee also got the corset memo in this sheer Altuzarra look.
The dress featured gold sequins on the hemline. Lee paired the look with gold jewelry and a black headpiece.
Riz Ahmed’s look paid homage to Indian immigrants.
According to Vanity Fair, Ahmed’s Prada ensemble was inspired by immigrant laborers. He wore an unbuttoned jacket, a white tank top, and drawstring pants tucked into high black leather boots.
“This is an homage to the immigrant workers who kept the Gilded Age going,” he told Vogue.
As Insider’s DeArbea Walker reported, during the Gilded Age, “Many Black Americans and immigrants entering the US faced extreme poverty and harsh working conditions in factories. It is notoriously the era with the most significant wealth inequality in American history.”
Normani modernized Gilded Age fashion with a black two-piece designed by Christian Siriano that consisted of a crop top and a floor-length skirt.
She paired the look with a matching black hat that was reminiscent of styles worn in the Gilded Age. According to E! News, the velvet dress was originally red but was changed to black four days before the event.
Shawn Mendes wore a military-inspired look by Tommy Hilfiger.
Mendes told Vogue that his red-and-navy-blue look was completely upcycled and sustainable.
While the Gilded Age took place after the Civil War ended, the social and economical effects of the war were in full swing, with northern states experiencing much more wealth compared to those in the South.
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