Time for the (gilded) age-old question: what is the difference between panniers and bustiers?
Guardian Australia Lifestyle editor Alyx Gorman explains:
So, there are several varieties of Big Skirt we’re likely to see today. The pannier, like Chan’s has most of its volume at the side, and tends to be made of a series of both horizontal and vertically positioned hoops to give it girth (imagine a hula hooper with hoops spinning around her arms and waist, then tuck it under a skirt). Meanwhile, the 19th century crinoline tends to be made from only horizontally positioned hoops, sewn down the length of a skirt at different sizes, to give it shape (imagine a hula hooper spinning three hoops around her hips, knees and ankles).
Meanwhile the bustle, which can be worn in addition to a crinoline, gives the majority of its volume at the back of the garment. It can have structural features like tulle to help contribute volume, or it can be made of layers, and layers and layers of fabric (imagine a 1960s beehive with lots of teasing).
Bustles tended to be worn over the top of a woman’s skirt, while panniers and crinolines were undergarments.
Note for the fashion historians: Bridgerton-esque princess necklines and pastels in fact fall into the Regency-era category – aka not the way to go for this year’s Gilded Age theme.
When we hear ‘Gilded Glamor’ we want it all: puffy sleeves, billowing skirts and padded bustles.
Finally, a bustle has been served. Underneath a tuxedo.
Gemma Chan’s look screams Versailles over Upper East Side.
It has everything you want from a Met Gala look: big, eccentric and dazzling with beads and crystals.
That dress deserves another look – Lively really has gone all-in:
Gala co-chairs Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have made their entrance.
Lively strikes again, owning Gilded Glamor in gloves, a tiara, and a billowing train.
Fashion’s royal couple have arrived arm in arm.
Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee Carrozzini is dressed in black lace beside partner Francesco Carrazzinison of late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani.
Queen Anna Wintour has arrived (tiara and all).
Global chief content officer of Condé Nast, and global editor director of Vogue, Wintour has been hosting the Met Gala for almost 30 years.
We keenly await the arrival of the best-dressed men of the Met.
But in the meantime, let us take a moment to remember US rapper Lil Nas X pulling a Gaga on last year’s red carpet, in a three-piece gold Versace strip-down.
Actor and TV personality La La Anthony – who’s hosting Vogue’s livestream along with its editor at large Hamish Bowles and actor and singer Vanessa Hudgens – has arrived in a deep burgundy silk situation that is truly something to behold.
Extra points for the jaunty hat.
Sheer black and lace may be turning Gilded Glamor gothic as this year’s first red carpet trend.
Actress Vanessa Hudgens arrives draped in Moschino, and Bridgerton diamond Phoebe Dynevor in Louis Vuitton.
For updates straight from the source, give Vogue Magazine’s Met Gala red carpet Twitter thread a gander.
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It’s the first Monday in May (or Tuesday morning, if you’re reading this from Australia), and the 2022 Met Gala – aka fashion’s Oscars – is about to begin.
Marking the opening of the In America: An Anthology of Fashion exhibition, 2022 guests are dressing to the theme of ‘Gilded Glamor’ (which hasn’t been uncontroversial, some calling it ‘out of touch’ amid worsening inflation in the US).
Hosting this year’s event are Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynoldsand Lin-Manuel Miranda – with Tom Ford, Adam Mosseriand Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour as honorary co-chairs.
Things officially kick off at 6pm ET (8am AEST, or 11pm EST), and it’s being streamed live on Vogue. But you can follow all the best moments – sartorial and otherwise – here.