by John Russel Jones

Dior, Burberry, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton weren’t the only brands to rule the red carpet at Monday night’s Met Gala: Fast fashion brand H&M strutted into the event with its in-house design team creating looks for actor Laura Harrier (“Hollywood, BlacKkKlansman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming”) and women’s wear designer Victor Glemaud.

“It has been a pleasure working on these pieces for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit. We were influenced by the Gilded Age while designing these two custom looks, really drawing on styles in the United States from the 19th and 20th centuries. Both designs have very dramatic and glamorous details, really highlighting the opulence of the Gilded Age,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Glemaud’s ensemble was a tribute to the late fashion icon André Leon Talley, paying homage to the late fashion editor’s signature look with a dramatic ivory opera coat. The piece includes details inspired by the American couture designer, Charles James, and was paired with a white tuxedo.

“I have a long history of working with H&M on the Met Gala and have been honored to escort some of their guests. I have been lucky enough to enjoy the process of seeing my look conceived, fitted, and brought to life by the stellar H&M design teams. This has been an amazing moment for me,” says Glemaud.    

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Laura Harrier attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Harrier wore a Gilded Age inspired, corseted gown that accentuated the waist, creating the hourglass silhouette of the era. The top is a boned corset-style bodice, attached to a cartridge pleated skirt with a vintage petticoat underneath for volume.