Anna Wintour and Blake Lively among the stars in tiaras at the Met Gala

Written Oscar Holland, CNN

The authors Nick Remsen, CNN

With a dress code inspired by America’s Gilded Age, Met Gala guests looked to the past for inspiration. And there was one accessory that stole the Monday night show: a vintage tiara.

Actress Tommy Dorfman and YouTuber Emma Chamberlain were among the celebrities wearing years-old crowns. However, it was the editors of Vogue magazine – the organizer of the glamorous annual fundraiser – who set the example.

The host of the evening, Anna Wintour, changed her signature sunglasses to a sparkling tiara. Speaking to reporters on the red carpet, the longtime Vogue editor-in-chief revealed that the gem-encrusted piece was a family heirloom dating back to around 1910.

Hamish Bowles attended the Met Gala wearing a 1950s gold feather tiara. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Meanwhile, magazine editor-in-chief Hamish Bowles opted for a gold-feathered tiara to spice up his suit with a white tie. In his Instagram post, he revealed that the design was designed by Fulco di Verdura, an Italian duke and jeweler who worked with Chanel in the 1920s and 30s.

Bowles explained that it was designed for philanthropist Betsy Whitney to wear to a ball at London’s Buckingham Palace in 1957 and hasn’t been worn in public since, he added.

“I saw it (at) Verdura ten or more years ago, fell in love with it and never thought I would one day wear it like Eliza Doolittle,” he explained in the caption.

Youtuber Emma Chamberlain wore a vintage Cartier crown.

Youtuber Emma Chamberlain wore a vintage Cartier crown. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The theme spanned generations: Chamberlain wore a tiara made by Cartier in 1911, nine decades before she was born. She completed the look with a Louis Vuitton crop top and a white floor-length shirt.

Elsewhere, Dorfman accessorized her daring cutout Christopher Kane gown with a ‘Protect Trans Kids’ sling bag and an elegant vintage tiara. She told People magazine that her crown is “almost 200 years old, which is pretty sensational.”

There were many other headdresses, hats and veils on display that could be seen throughout the evening. Among the most dramatic is the headdress of model Winnie Harlow, designed by Iris Van Herpen. Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker hired master milliner Philip Tracy to create her majestic feather design.

Tommy Dorfman said her tiara is almost 200 years old.

Tommy Dorfman said her tiara is almost 200 years old. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the evening’s co-hosts, Blake Lively, took a more contemporary approach in a custom-designed tiara by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

Paying homage to Gilded Age architecture in New York, star outfit nodded at the Statue of Liberty with seven spikes on the crown, like Lady Liberty, symbolizing the seven continents. Lively also asked Schwartz to draw 25 stones representing the iconic statue’s 25 windows.
Blake Lively's custom tiara is dedicated to the Statue of Liberty.

Blake Lively’s custom tiara is dedicated to the Statue of Liberty. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

“Who will actually count the stones?” she asked Schwartz. “Me,” she replied with a laugh. “I’m a virgin”.

Top image caption: Anna Wintour at the Met Gala.

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