Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala (Photos by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor Blake Lively and singer Alicia Keys have paid tribute to New York City landmarks as a parade of stars celebrated American fashion and Gilded Age glamour at the annual Met Gala.
Known for celebrities in over-the-top outfits, the so-called Oscars of the East Coast returned to its traditional date of the first Monday in May, just eight months after 2021's pandemic-delayed event in September.
This year's A-list guests were told to dress in 'gilded glamour' for the annual fundraiser for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lively, a Met Gala co-chair along with her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, arrived in a glittering bronze-coloured Versace dress influenced by New York's Grand Central Terminal, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
Attendants later removed a large bow and rearranged the gown's long train to reveal a turquoise and brass look, a switch Lively said was an ode to the greenish patina bronze buildings develop over time.
Blake Lively's stunning transforming dress - with matching gloves! (Photos by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Empire State of Mind singer Alicia Keys also celebrated New York, wearing a Ralph Lauren dress with 200,000 crystals arranged to look like the city's skyline.
Alicia Keys (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
The Met Gala marks the opening of the annual fashion exhibition at the museum's Costume Institute.
This year's exhibit, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, caps a two-part exhibition and focuses on the history of American dress.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was attending for the first time in 20 years to celebrate the fashion and spirit of America.
Her burgundy gown featured subtle embroidery of the names of 60 famous American women including abolitionist Harriet Tubman and Madeleine Albright, the late secretary of state.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Another political figure, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, wore a tuxedo jacket with symbols of New York's subway system and 'end gun violence' written on the back.
He took the opportunity to note the economic struggles many people experienced during the opulent Gilded Age of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
"Although we had some great inventions and some great architecture ... it was also a dark period and we should never forget that," he said.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who organised the gala, wore a colorful Chanel dress with feathered cape and an American tiara, a family heirloom from 1910.
Actor and musician Janelle Monae donned a black Ralph Lauren gown with a silver- and black-striped hood that she described as "the gilded age of the future."
Some of the other looks on the red carpet:
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