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Blake Lively Pays Tribute to NYC History in Surprise-Reveal Versace Dress & Christian Louboutin Heels at Met Gala 2022

Blake Lively is a Met Gala regular known for always dressing to the night’s theme in opulent and breathtaking style. For this year’s fashion spectacle tonight in New York, the 34-year-old actress — who is co-chair of this year’s event — donned a gawk-worthy diamond and copper gown that took elegance to a whole new level. And that’s even before the star debuted her on-carpet outfit transformation.

Blake Lively at The 2022 Met Gala celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.
Blake Lively at The 2022 Met Gala celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

For the first Monday in May festivities, Lively wore a long, fitted Versace gown with a structured bodice, a high empire waist, and a subtle mermaid skirt. The New York City-inspired dress was decorated with intricate copper, gold and blue-green beading and embellishment, which was meant to mimic the art-deco look of the iconic Empire State Building. When Lively first arrived on the carpet, she wore an elegantly wrapped copper bow around her waist which lead into a brushed copper train.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at The 2022 Met Gala celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at The 2022 Met Gala celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety
Blake Lively at The 2022 Met Gala celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.
Blake Lively at The 2022 Met Gala celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

Mid-carpet, the stunning actress unfurled the bow to reveal a blue-green train, which mirrored the look of oxidized copper. Needless to say, the gown’s draping and aged-copper look were reportedly inspired by the Statue of Liberty, with the train also having the same color and constellation detail as the ceiling of Grand Central Station in NYC. For shoes, Lively wore gold Christian Louboutin’s “Marchavekel” platform stiletto heels with a knot detail across the toes. Of course, the footwear choice is no surprise given her relationship Louboutin and her history of wearing the brand.

Wearing her long blond hair spilling down her back, Lively wore a crown in her hair in another tribute to Lady Liberty. The star accessorized with statement art-deco earrings. Lively also wore opera-length copper gloves with the look, which transformed to include a blue-green hue along with her dress. She was joined by her husband, Ryan Reynolds, who looked dapper in a tuxedo and dress shoes.

The 2022 Met Gala’s theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” exploring the foundations of American fashion — specifically, identifiers of American style and individual designers. The exhibit will include 100 garments by independent designers and dressmakers from the 1800s to the mid-late 1900s in the Museum’s American Wing period rooms. There will also be “freeze frames” of film vignettes in each room, highlighting the aesthetics of eight different film directors: Janicza Bravo, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Regina King, Martin Scorsese, Autumn de Wilde, and Chloé Zhao. Supported by Instagram and Condé Nast, the event raises funding for The Costume Institute’s exhibitions and future improvements. The exhibit will be open to the public starting on May 7, and — along with Part 1, which opened last September — close on Sept. 5, 2022.

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