The first Monday in May is arguably the biggest date in the showbiz calendar, with anybody who is anybody hoping for an invite to Anna Wintour’s prestigious Met Gala.
And with each year having its own intricate theme, celebrity enthusiasts count down to the moment they finally see the A-list attendees’ look, and the stars are open about how much effort they put into this particular red carpet.
This year’s theme was based on the exhibition America: An Anthology of Fashion with an emphasis on gilded glamour, and Bella Hadid’s outfit was one of the standouts at the May 2 event.
Although she missed last year’s belated bash, Bella has attended the Met Gala five times since 2015 and has always opted for a black outfit, with 2022 no different.
Teaming up with Burberry for her look, the model incorporated the theme through a fitted leather corset bodysuit that had studded silver hooks to emphasize her waist.
She also added lace tights and lace detailing to her gloves, with the delicate material a signature part of Gilded Age fashion. Bella completed the look with a sheer black train and pearl anklet, and looked undeniably sensational as she posed on the red carpet.
Discussing her outfit, Bella revealed that she’d put together a 25-page presentation to share her ideas with Burberry’s chief creative officer, Riccardo Tisci, during the design process.
“I tried to limit it to the period from 1895 to 1903,” she told Interview magazine. “I really liked a lot of the ties and the big fabrics and the tulle and obviously the corsets and the bustiers, but we also wanted to make sure that it stayed very much Riccardo — very simplistic, but chic.”
In the same interview, Bella opened up about her anxiety while walking the carpet, sharing: “I literally, like, blacked out. I don’t even think I got one good photo on the red carpet. Now that I look back, I realize that people literally stand there for 20 minutes and they give. I looked once to the left, once to the right, and I ran up the stairs.”
“I don’t think I was out there for more than three minutes. I don’t know if that was my anxiety, or maybe the waist was giving cinch and I couldn’t breathe. I mean, there were probably a lot of things happening,” she added.