If the Emmys are TV’s biggest night and the Oscars are Hollywood’s biggest night, then the Met Gala is the fashion industry’s biggest night. The fundraiser event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has been an annual event since 1948. However, it wasn’t until fashion icon Anna Wintour took it over that it became a must-see event, filled with celebrities wearing wild outfits to celebrate the Costume Institute’s current exhibit. If you’re ready to see what everyone wears this year but still wondering what time the 2022 Met Gala starts or how to watch it, look no further.
The 2022 Met Gala returns to its customary “first Monday in May” slot on the calendar after 2021’s shift to the fall due to continuing lockdowns in New York City. Last year’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” was the first half of a two-part exhibit. The second half will be the Gala’s theme for 2022, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”
The 2021 Met Gala was all about the different fashion styles associated with American culture, from J.Lo’s cowboy-themed dress to ASAP’s Rocky’s hand-sewn quilted blanket. The 2022 take will be about who gets to be an American and the evolution of American fashion, which means stars could wear anything from turn of the century fashions to modern-day looks to futuristic ideals.
The Met Gala’s date is set for Monday, May 2, 2022, with the event hosted by Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. For years, it was impossible to watch on TV; Anna Wintour did not bend the “no cameras on the red carpet” rule until only a few years ago when E! finally started broadcasting the event in 2016.
This year, Wintour’s employer, Conde Nast, and the magazine she’s most associated with, Vogue, will broadcast live from the red carpet. Vogue will livestream the event across multiple digital platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and its website. The evening’s red carpet hosts will be singer and actor Vanessa Hudgens, actor and fashion icon La La Anthony, along with Vogue Magazine’s editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles.
In addition to that, E! will have several ways to watch. The main show will be Live From E!: Met Gala, hosted by Karamo Brown, Brad Goreski, and Zanna Roberts Rassi, with Naz Perez reporting from the Met’s grand staircase. The live broadcast will air on E! and will be available via E!’s website.
Fans can also check out E! News’ TikTok livestream, Live From E! Stream: Met Gala, which will broadcast from the Mark Hotel, where most out-of-town celebrities are housed, so fans can see them head out to the gala.
Vogue will go live from the red carpet beginning at 6 p.m. ET, as will E! News’ coverage.