On the first Monday in May, the coveted Met Gala will return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year the annual event will expound upon the Costume Institute’s exhibition on American fashion with its second installment titled In America: An Anthology of Fashion—an exploration of men’s and women’s fashion in the nineteenth century to present-day. The first installment, titled In America: An Lexicon of Fashion, explored the varied cultural identities that comprise the fabric of America.
The nineteenth century, also known as the Gilded Age, is renowned for its opulence. It features elegant gowns, full skirts, voluminous sleeves, corsets, petticoats, three-piece suits, and capotes top hats, evolving the silhouettes from the previous century.
A culmination of fashion and art, the exhibit will display the forms of dressing by time period, including 1805 to 1915: a Shaker Retiring Room from the 1830s; a nineteenth-century parlor from Richmond, Virginia; a panoramic 1819 mural of Versailles; and a twentieth-century living room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, among others.
Every year, fashion’s biggest night serves as a display of eccentric designs while doubling as a prime source of funding for the Costume Institute, the only department in the museum responsible for raising its own funds. On May 2nd, the l pink carpet will again summon a host of celebrities and designers, including this year’s co-chairs Regina King, Blake Lively, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ryan Reynolds.
King, an award-winning actress, director, and feature filmmaker, has also added red carpet connoisseur to her résumé. Over the years, her style has evolved, incorporating avant-garde designs, bold colors, shimmering details, and sharp pants suits, stunning every red carpet and event she graces.
See a highlight of some of her most stylish red carpet moments below.
2021 Met Gala
Regina King served as one of the hosts for the 2021 Met Gala, where she wore a double sable crepe dress with gold pinstripes and a matching overcoat lined with gold sequins. The custom ensemble designed by Michael Kors is the reimagination of a business suit.
Los Angeles Premiere of “The Harder They Fall”
Regina King wore a black sequined mini-dress designed by David Koma, to the Los Angeles premiere of “The Harder They Fall” in which she starred.
2021 amFar Cannes Gala
Regina King attended the amFar Cannes Gala wearing a voluminous black strapless Schiaparelli Haute Couture ball gown with a glittering beaded bodice and accessorized dramatic black and white shawl.
Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre
To receive her new honor, cementing her legacy with her hands and feet alongside “no place like home”, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Regina King wore a monochromatic blush pink Alberta Ferretti pants suit.
2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Regina King sparkled while attending the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, wearing a floor-length dusty blue Prada gown entirely embellished with crystals.
The 93rd Annual Academy Awards
Attending and opening the Oscars, where her directorial debut “One Night In Miami” was nominated for three awards, Regina King wore a custom sky blue Louis Vuitton gown encrusted with crystals and featuring a plunging v-neckline and wing-like shoulders.
The 92nd Annual Academy Awards
Gracing the Oscars Red Carpet, Regina King wore a single-strap powder pink Atelier Versace gown featuring a contoured bodice with flowing silver embellishments and a dramatic ball skirt.
The 91st Annual Academy Awards
Regina King took home her first-ever Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk” while wearing a timeless yet modern white strapless Oscar de la Renta gown featuring a gathered bodice and a thigh-high split.
2019 EE British Academy Film Awards
Attending the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards in London, England, Regina King wore an asymmetric fuschia pink Atelier Versace gown featuring a wrapped bodice and thigh-high split.
70th Emmy Awards
Regina King attended the 70th Emmy Awards, where she took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “Seven Seconds” while wearing a vibrant neon green strapless custom Christian Siriano gown with a rounded neckline.