Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King & Lin-Manuel to co-chair the 2022 Met Gala

I totally forgot that the Met Gala will happen as originally schedule on the first Monday in May. Everyone got thrown off last year, when the gala was pushed back until September. In the end, I kind of liked the gala in September though? It had a different kind of flavor, especially with the vaccine mandate and coming on the heels of the US Open (Anna Wintour invited tons of tennis players). It’s true that the fashion was mostly unremarkable last year, but Wintour’s got to believe that the pandemic-era gala was a success. Anyway, just in time for a new variant, this year’s Met Gala will go ahead in May and Vogue has just announced the co-chairs:

On the First Monday in May, the Met Gala will return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The annual event will celebrate the Costume Institute’s exhibition on American fashion, titled In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Every year, the glitzy affair—which provides the Costume Institute with its primary source of annual funding—welcomes a red carpet full of A-list actors, singers, designers, and models. At this year’s event, Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will host as the evening’s official co-chairs. Designer Tom Ford, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour will continue their roles as the event’s honorary co-chairs.

The 2022 theme and exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, is part two of the Met’s thoughtful homage to our country’s history. Part one, titled In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opened in September last year due to the pandemic. Still on view at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition includes pieces from American standard-bearers such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein. (The 2021 Met Gala was also held in September, but this year, both the exhibition and gala mark a return to their usual May calendar spots.) Later this month, more than half of the pieces in the Lexicon exhibition will be rotated out in order to include garments by designers not yet featured, as well as designers whose work appeared in the first rotation. These additions will reflect the vitality and diversity of contemporary American fashion.

Anthology of Fashion will open to the public on May 7th. Through a series of installations in the period rooms of the American Wing, the new exhibition explores the foundations of American fashion. Individual designers and dressmakers who worked in the U.S. from the 19th century to the mid-late 20th century are featured. (Expect roughly 100 captivating examples of men’s and women’s dress to be on display.) Parts one and two will close on September 5, 2022.

[From Vogue]

While this is technically part of the same “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” theme, the more specific theme is Gilded Glamour. Coming on the heels of the success of The Gilded Age, I would imagine we’ll see a lot of throwback corsets and bustles. I’m sure some will interpret “gilded glamour” as 1920s, modern flapper, The Great Gatsby. If last year’s gala fashion was any indication, people still won’t care about the theme though! They won’t even go out of their way to wear American designers. There will be people in Gucci and Versace, just wearing regular old gowns. Sigh…

As for the co-chairs… Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are great choices for co-chairs, especially for a specifically American-themed one. I would imagine we’ll see Blake in Michael Kors (her fave). Ryan in Ralph Lauren? Lin-Manuel will probably do something really spectacular, honestly. As for Regina King… she’s been deep in grief for months since she lost her son. She hasn’t been making appearances during the awards season or anywhere else. I wonder if she will really be up for the gala.

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  1. vs says:

    Don’t care for the theme but I hope Regina K is OK; seeing her name as a host made me hopeful the worst might be behind her if that’s even possible….fingers crossed for her!

    • C-Shell says:

      Same. Seeing her name, my thought went to how this event gives her something positive to focus on, ending with a public appearance among people who love and admire her. A pretty safe place to make a re-entry. About 4 months after my Darling Husband died suddenly (and a few days before his memorial/inurnment at Arlington), I had a formal event to attend. My friends got into the planning with me, helping me with finding a gown, making it a really special evening. Many people I hadn’t seen in months were there and surrounded me with love. There’s much I don’t remember about that evening, but I’ll never forget the warmth and love. Also, Natalie Cole performed — I’ll never forget that either!

  2. CourtneyB says:

    I had wondered why her sons death wasn’t covered here. She’s such a good actress (I remember her sitcom days!) and I’d seen the two on cnn’s nye coverage. It was just so sad. Maybe this will be a good distraction, something with relatively low stakes (as opposed to a big budget movie) with fun and glamour. Her roles can be so serious, stepping into something heavy would be a lot mentally. But I don’t know how you even start moving forward after such a tragedy.

  3. smcollins says:

    I was also a little surprised to see Regina King’s name, but maybe this is exactly what she needs, something to throw herself into to keep herself busy without the demands of being on a set. I wish her well.

    As a huge fan of The Gilded Age (my husband actually got me watching it, he *loves* it!) I’m all about this theme. I’m sure the fashion won’t all be high society 1890’s NY and I’m really looking forward to seeing what people come up with.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I think Blake and Ryan will hit it out of the park, especially Blake. I also am excited to see what Lin-Manuel does, I feel like his red carpet looks are very classic but I bet this will be different. Glad to see Regina King’s name, I can’t imagine what she is dealing with.

  5. Sofia says:

    Makes sense why Blake is co-chair, she is one of the best-dressed when she goes. And perhaps Regina wants to focus on something like the Met Gala in order to move forward and to keep her thoughts occupied with something positive?

  6. Loco Moco says:

    Not impressed with Blake or her fashions. Regina…she is in my heart. She is living a parent’s worst nightmare. It may do her good to be busy with something.

    • Ellie says:

      Blake at least commits to the theme when she goes, but I’m not sure why her husband would get shoehorned into this (other than he is crazy overexposed right now and Anna is looking to capitalize on that). I have never thought of him as a fashion guy in the slightest. And I am not looking forward to their not-scripted-at-all “jokey” social media posts related to the event. Completely agree about Regina, absolutely nothing to add there.

      • Lee says:


        I agree, he’s incredibly overexposed, which is hilarious since he’s supposed to be on his sabbatical. I feel I’ve read and seen of him more during this sabbatical than during his whole career.
        As for her, I can’t consider her an actress anymore, not until she’ll make a movie every 2/3 years. She’s a fashionista/socialite, that’s it.

  7. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    Hmmmm. While I actually look forward to the fashion that might come of this particular theme, the blatant “let them eat cake”-ness of it feels pretty icky in our present moment. Surprised they didn’t workshop that phrasing a bit. Probably better not to remind us poors of obscene robber baron excess and inequities while inflation is spiraling.

  8. Detnow359 says:

    Sounds like Anna took her gala back after the “influencers”.

    Started seeing Regina King in a credit card ad in the past week, which I’m guessing would have launched earlier had it not been for her son’s passing. It seems she’s putting one foot in front of the other professionally and she tries to pick her heart up. She has the love and support of so many of us.

    I’m glad she is co-chair. She oozes glamour and is a goddess.