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Entrance to the Belonging section of the MET. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Entrance to the Belonging section at the MET. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Latino Designers at the MET Gala

The fashion world's most anticipated gala will be filled with Latino design in 2022.

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The first Monday of May every year is the MET Gala, a charity party that kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

Each year, the Museum's Costume Institute assigns its guests a theme that corresponds with the annual fashion exhibition, and the theme this year is titled Gilded Glamour, also known as In America: A Fashion Anthology.

The red carpet gowns will be inspired by the Gilded Age of American history, an era spanning roughly 1870 to 1890.

Last year's Met Gala had a similar theme, America: A Lexicon of Fashion, and the 2022 event will be "part two" of the theme. The museum explains the themes as "a two-part exploration of fashion in America."

Among the designers who will have the opportunity to show off their designs at the gala are Mexican designer Maria Ponce, who created an unparalleled piece — an electric blue dress with a pink Mexican trench coat whose hallmark could not be missed, and curved lines that integrate each of the elements.

"The inspiration was through a question, which will be a surprise, it has to do with the electric, as if it were an orchid, it is a silhouette and a fairly organic look that I think has continued in this line and we gave this much more futuristic touch through a super mysterious blue that seduces you," he told Infobae.

Colombia's Juan Pablo Socarrás, who has turned Colombian handicrafts into his personal craft, will also participate in the gala with his designs. For 2022, the designer will present a majestic red dress with handmade lace that seeks to exalt the work done by Indigenous communities.

"For me it is very important that a man and a woman who dresses with Socarrás feel proud of the Latin American DNA, of what we are, of our roots, of our culture, of our indigenous people and be able to stand anywhere in the world and combine it with any other garment from another designer, but feel proud and unique to wear a handmade story," he said. 

Argentina's Veronica De La Canal designed a phenomenal dress with which she took on a tour of not only of American fashion, but of her own country.

"I want the sketch to be related to iconic things that take me precisely to the United States and that has to do with the English invasion, the French, the invasion of the Indians, all the influence of Indian fashion with the influence of English and French clothing, symbolism such as Freemasonry," she said.

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