These Met Gala outfits pay homage to the marginalized people of the Golden Age.

Written Megan S. HillsScotty Andrew, CNN

The Met Gala returned to its typical date of the first Monday in May this week, with celebrities honoring this year’s theme with “gilded glamor” with pinched waists, long tails and tulle galore.

However, some of the top performers have interpreted the theme through the lens of the marginalized people whose work made the Gilded Age of the late 19th century so prosperous for white Americans. Read on to find out what made these looks so meaningful to the celebrities who wore them.

Gabrielle Union’s Subtle Allusion to Gilded Age Black Communities

Versace’s Gabrielle Union dress was designed to look like the dress once worn by the late pioneer Dianne Carroll. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Vogue

Gabrielle Union shone at the Met Gala in a silver Versace gown with a feather train and a huge red flower at the waist as a tribute to the unsung black Americans of the Golden Age.

“When you think about the Gilded Age and the black people in this country, this country is built on our backs, our blood, sweat and tears,” Union told red carpet host LaLa Anthony. “So we added these red crystals to represent the blood spilled during the accumulation of wealth by several people in the Gilded Age, from the backs of blacks and people of color in this country.”

While middle class and elite black communities existed in parts of the US during the 19th century, as shown in Figure 1. The Gilded Age on HBO. segregation and institutional racism kept most black Americans from enjoying the same economic success of white Americans.
Union said the look is also dedicated to the late Dianne Carroll, one of the first black actresses to star in a prime-time sitcom. was in the same dress (complete with red plaque) in 1960.

Riz Ahmed honors 19th century immigrant workers

Riz Ahmed, in a simple look inspired by 19th-century work clothes, said he wanted to honor the memory of immigrant workers.

Riz Ahmed, in a simple look inspired by 19th-century work clothes, said he wanted to honor the memory of immigrant workers. Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images

Dressed in a dark blue silk shirt, high boots and “understated” Necklace Cartier, a British Pakistani performer, said his outfit was “an appeal to the immigrant workers who kept the Golden Age golden” in interview with Vogue.

“That’s what makes the city work,” he said of immigrant communities, which have long been integral to the success of New York and other metropolitan areas throughout history. “Just trying to celebrate and uplift the immigrant culture.”

Millions of immigrants moved to the US during the “golden age”, contributing to an economic boom that most immigrant workers could not participate in. Due to low wages, dangerous working conditions and lack of support from the new country, the immigrant workers who turned the US into a titanium industry were at a disadvantage.
Angelo Urrutia, an American designer from El Salvador whose brand 4S Designs created the image of Ahmed, said on Instagram that immigrants “made a golden age [sic] and all ages.

Sarah Jessica Parker talks about a 19th-century black designer

Sarah Jessica Parker's dress by Christopher John Rogers was modeled after a dress designed by Elizabeth Hodds Keckley, a black designer active in the 19th century.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress by Christopher John Rogers was modeled after a dress designed by Elizabeth Hodds Keckley, a black designer active in the 19th century. Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

In a black, white and gray colorblocked dress (topped by a colorful hat, as Parker usually wears) courtesy of Christopher John Rogers, Sex and the City star and frequent Met Gala guest, in honor of the black designer whose work predates the Gilded Age.
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckleythe first black woman to design clothes for White House residents such as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln designed similar dress – in a small cage, with a voluminous bustle – for Lincoln in 1862, a few years before the technical beginning of the Gilded Age. According to him, Rogers’ interpretation was a contemporary nod to Keckley’s pioneering work.
“The idea was to highlight the dichotomy between the extravagant, over-the-top proportions of the time period and the inconsistency that was going on in America at the time,” Rogers said. Fashion.

The Questlove coat was designed by black Alabama quilters.

The Questlove coat was designed with the help of black women from Jess Bend, Alabama.

The Questlove coat was designed with the help of black women from Jess Bend, Alabama. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Vogue

A black matte oversized coat from Questlove is a practical fashion with a centuries-old history.
The deceptively simple style was created in collaboration with designer Greg Lauren and Gee’s Bend women, a historically black community in Alabama. Gee’s Bend residents have since the 1800s created intricate quilts for practical purposes, though more recently they have come to national attention as examples of textile art.
“I wanted to represent the interests of African Americans in this country,” a recent Oscar winner. said on the Met Gala red carpet. “Gilded periods are a little different for our stories. I wanted to highlight black women who have sacrificed themselves for the sake of the country.”

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