Kim Kardashian, Emily Ratajkowski and Billie Eilish Unearthed Spectacular Archival Treasures For The Met Gala 2022

As fashion makes strides towards a greener future, the pressure was on for guests at the Met Gala 2022 – a night typically celebrating newness from the biggest players in the industry – to make sustainable choices. A number of celebrities stepped up to the mark, showing that there’s nothing old hat about wearing archive. The word “vintage”, after all, comes from vin – the French word for wine. “Vintage is the best years,” Marie Blanchet, who sources Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s decades-old Chanel, reminds us. “It is those moments in fashion that were important; the definitive shows, the definitive pieces; a change of line, a change of cut; a pop culture [sensation]. Vintage is always linked with a story, an emotion. ”

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On Met night 2022, it was Kim Kardashian who staged her own pop cultural feat. The Skims entrepreneur eschewed her beloved Balenciaga to wear the original naked dress, worn by Marilyn Monroe to serenade President John F Kennedy on his 45th birthday in 1962. That Kim modeled the glittering Jean Louis design for mere moments on the red carpet, before changing into something less fragile and valuable, is inconsequential. The pictures of the dedicated fashion plate, who lost several pounds and spent an entire day dyeing her hair blond for the occasion, will go down in the Met Gala’s hall of fame as a sassy lesson in American history. (Stay tuned: Kardashian also told Vogue she has a replica of the green sequin Norman Norell dress Monroe wore to the Oscars in 1962.)

Emma Stone repurposed something special of her own for fashion’s famous fundraiser. She rewore the ivory flapper-style minidress trimmed with sprays of feathers that her friend Nicolas Ghesquière created for her wedding reception in 2020. Rather than letting the fun, flippy bridal look languish in the back of her wardrobe, as is so often the way with wear-once wedding confections, Stone joined several Louis Vuitton ambassadors in wearing archival designs for the event. Our favorite? HoYeon Jung’s spunky leather and suede Cruise 2017 minidress with knee-high boots. “There’s no better feeling than to know your designs will live on,” Ghesquière said. “While my role as an artistic director is constantly being created, the chance to return to previous collections and designs for this year’s Met Gala was joyful.”

Emma Stone in her Louis Vuitton wedding reception look.

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HoYeon Jung – one of 14 Louis Vuitton ambassadors to wear archive pieces by the brand – in Cruise 2017.

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Also bringing joy to eco-minded fashion fans was Billie Eilish’s entirely upcycled Gucci gown. The ivory and duchesse satin corseted dress, complete with an arresting green lace underlay, sent a powerful message to her young fans (102 million Instagram followers and counting) that environmentally-friendly fashion is cool. Even her platforms were vegan.

Emily Ratajkowski wow-ing in Atelier Versace spring / summer 1992.

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Billie Eilish in upcycled Gucci.

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Other old-school fashionistas digging out spectacular treasures included Versace girl Emily Ratajkowski, who underscored her supermodel status by wearing a spring / summer 1992 look, originally worn by Yasmeen Ghauri on the runway. Amber Valletta delivered a literal take on the gilded glamor theme in high-shine gold vintage Azzaro, while Adut Akech similarly dialled up the drama in emerald Christian Lacroix autumn / winter 2003.

Amber Valletta shining in gold vintage Azzaro.

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Adut Akech wearing dramatic Christian Lacroix autumn / winter 2003, sourced by Shrimpton Couture.

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Shrimpton Couture’s Cherie Balch, who sourced Akech’s dress, took to Instagram to share what a marathon it had been in the run-up to the Met. While she was thrilled to have resurfaced one of the most beautiful gowns she has ever laid her hands on, other looks “did not go [her] way ”due to“ last minute changes of hearts ”. Balch, who has previously said that many stars only want to wear vintage that does not look like vintage, is a welcome reminder that opting for old is not the easy red-carpet route. A huge amount of work goes into preserving these gems and alterations have to be minimal. Every look that goes to plan is a “mini miracle” for dedicated archivists, such as Cherie.

Paloma Elsesser’s Coach separates were crafted from antique lace.

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Cynthia Erivo accessorised her archival Louis Vuitton look with a one-of-a-kind headpiece made from reused fabric cut-offs.

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The quieter Met moments, such as Paloma Elsesser’s corseted Coach look crafted, in part, from antique lace sourced from ’30s American dresses, offer inspiration on how vintage can find a place in all red-carpet fashion going forward. “I liked the idea of ​​mixing separates that reference distinct eras in American fashion – from the Victorian age to the ’30s and the’ 90s – to show how the next generation is creatively imagining the future of fashion through a personal point of view,” explained creative director Stuart Wevers. Looking to the past, even if just the repurposing of an idea or a trimming, brings a certain freshness that stands out for all the right reasons. The Met Gala 2022 was a great step in the right direction.

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