The nearly-nude trend dominating the Met Gala

The 2022 Met Gala's biggest trend was a dark take on the 'nearly nude' style. (Getty Images)
The 2022 Met Gala's biggest trend was a dark take on the 'nearly nude' style. (Getty Images)

Whilst the September 2021 red carpet was awash with silver see-through looks, and Kim Kardashian certainly took home the trophy for best naked dress at this year’s event, the 2022 Met Gala had one discernible trend throughout: there was a host of black sheer and lace outfits on the red carpet.

When it comes to the Met Gala red carpet, the trends tend to reflect the theme. Opera gloves, corsets and crystals, for instance, align perfectly with this year’s theme of ‘gilded glamour’ for the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Costume Institute’s 2022 exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion.

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Whilst there's nothing particularly ‘gilded’ or 19th century about black gowns and outfits that show a little skin through lace and sheer fabric, modern designers seem to have used the style to combine contemporary fashion with their own take on the Met Gala theme.

Even from the very start of the Met Gala red carpet, Vogue’s red carpet co-host for the evening Vanessa Hudgens kicked things off in a gothic getup by Moschino that showed her pants and featured strategically placed embroidery across her chest.

From there, a steady stream of sheer black, lace looks covered the red carpet. Maude Apatow in Miu Miu, Karlie Kloss in Givenchy, and Phoebe Dynevor in Louis Vuitton, all wore similarly sheer, black ensembles with lace detailing for the annual fundraising event.

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It wasn’t just the Met Gala red carpet, the trend merged into the after parties too, where celebrities are able to flex their muscles when it comes to both personal and modern style. Kendall Jenner swapped out her voluminous Prada train for an underwear-exposing black lace outfit for the after party at Zero Bond, whereas TikTok star Addison Rae opted for the sheer fabric side of the trend.

Keep scrolling to see the stars at the forefront of the barely-there black dress trend on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss attends the 2022 Costume Institute Met Gala
Karlie Kloss's Givenchy dress featured lace and tulle cut-out sections. (Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington attends The 2022 Met Gala
Kerry Washington's Tory Burch gown featured a sweeping sheer train. (Getty Images)

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson attends The 2022 Met Gala
Dakota Johnson's Gucci jumpsuit left little to the imagination with its see-through fabric. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)


Precious Lee

Precious Victoria Lee attends The 2022 Met Gala
Whilst Precious Victoria Lee's Altuzarra look covered her from head to toe (literally) it still steps into nearly nude territory with diaphanous tulle. (Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Maude Apatow

Maude Apatow attends The 2022 Met Gala
Maude Apatow's Miu Miu column gown was created from a diaphanous lace fabric. (Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Bella Hadid

 Bella Hadid attends The 2022 Met Gala
Model Bella Hadid wore lace tights with her leather Burberry look. (Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Phoebe Dynevor

Phoebe Dynevor attends The 2022 Met Gala
British actress Phoebe Dynevor's netted Louis Vuitton gown featured a ruffled peplum. (Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens arrives at The 2022 Met Gala
Red carpet host Vanessa Hudgens wore a diaphanous gown by Moschino with strategically placed embroidery. (Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner attends an after party for the 2022 Met Gala
Kendall Jenner swapped her huge, frothy Prada gown for a sheer, lace two-piece that highlighted her peach, satin underwear for the Met Gala after party at Zero Bond. (Getty Images)


Addison Rae

Addison Rae attends an after party for the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating
TikTok star Addison Rae arrived at a Met Gala after party wearing a floaty slip of a dress having dazzled in a form-fitting, metallic Michael Kors dress at the Met Gala earlier that evening. (Getty Images)

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