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Alyx Gorman

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).

Gemma Chan departs The Mark Hotel
Gemma Chan departs The Mark Hotel Photograph: Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

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.

i’m crying cause this is probably the easiest theme to follow #MetGala2022 pic.twitter.com/AcrPd4NCSZ

— – (@honsooI) May 2, 2022

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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.

A tuxedo bustle??? I am intrigue. #metgala pic.twitter.com/79E6zw3zZg

— Cora Harrington (@lingerie_addict) May 2, 2022

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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.

Gemma Chan departs for the Met Gala from The Mark Hotel, New York
Gemma Chan departs for the Met Gala from The Mark Hotel, New York Photograph: Broadimage / REX / Shutterstock

That dress deserves another look – Lively really has gone all-in:

Opera gloves, tiara, and train. Blake Lively does not appear to have any qualms about embracing the Gilded Age theme #MetGala pic.twitter.com/HekCIcZR7J

— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) May 2, 2022

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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.

2022 Met Gala co-chairs Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
2022 Met Gala Co-Chairs Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Photograph: Mike Coppola / Getty Images

Opera gloves, tiara, and train. Blake Lively does not appear to have any qualms about embracing the Gilded Age theme #MetGala pic.twitter.com/HekCIcZR7J

— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) May 2, 2022

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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.

Francesco Carrozzini and Bee Carrozzini attend the 2022 Met Gala
Francesco Carrozzini and Bee Carrozzini attend the 2022 Met Gala Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Met Museum / Vogue

Anna arrives

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.

Anna Wintour at the 2022 Met Gala
Anna Wintour at the 2022 Met Gala Photograph: Erik Pendzich / REX / Shutterstock
Anna Wintour at the 2022 Met Gala
Anna Wintour at the 2022 Met Gala Photograph: Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

We keenly await the arrival of the best-dressed men of the Met.

The men in Met Gala every year:#MetGala #MetGala2022 pic.twitter.com/fl302PdC23

— 🧣 WILDEST DREAMS AH AHAHAHA 🧣 (@swiftoursonggg) May 2, 2022

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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.

Lil Nas X at the 2021 Met Gala
Lil Nas X at the 2021 Met Gala Composite: Mike Coppola / Getty / REX

Lady in red

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.

La La Anthony attends the 2022 Met Gala
La La Anthony attends the 2022 Met Gala Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Met Museum / Vogue

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.

Vanessa Hudgens in sheer black Moschino and Phoebe Dynevor in sheer black Louis Vuitton at the #MetGala. I am already sensing a trend. pic.twitter.com/W0DOpNVH0t

— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) May 2, 2022

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For updates straight from the source, give Vogue Magazine’s Met Gala red carpet Twitter thread a gander.

You can check it out here:

The #MetGala red carpet is about to start. We will be live tweeting arrivals all night long, so follow this Twitter thread for instant updates! https://t.co/fg47NNX8jQ

— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 2, 2022

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The #MetGala red carpet is about to start. We will be live tweeting arrivals all night long, so follow this Twitter thread for instant updates! https://t.co/fg47NNX8jQ

– Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 2, 2022

Getting ready

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.

Let’s go.

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