Met Gala 2022: Best fashion from the red carpet.

The Met Gala is fashion's big night out -- and celebrities are known for saving their most striking outfits for its often-theatrical red carpet.

Stars across industries including TV, film, politics and sport did not disappoint, bringing exaggerated silhouettes, elegant accessories and moments of drama to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening.

Pandemic-related rescheduling meant it had been less than eight months since the (normally) annual fundraiser was last held, giving designers less time to think about the event's dress code,

The theme continued 2021's exploration of American style -- in keeping with the Costume Institute's accompanying two-part exhibition,

"In America: An Anthology of Fashion" -- and many attendees took direct inspiration from the Gilded Age, an era that saw America transformed at the end of the 19th century

At a press event before the gala, First Lady Jill Biden used her opening remarks to emphasize American design's "rich and deep" history.

"It is a story of innovation and ingenuity, of rebellion and renewal," she said.

"It has often been written by those in the shadows, not recognized for their influence and art, but here at the Met their stories are told."

Actress Tommy Dorfman, YouTuber Emma Chamberlain and Vogue magazine's Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles were among the celebrities

Several guests chose to pay homage to the historical theme with vintage jewelry.

Gala co-host Blake Lively meanwhile paid tribute to New York City's Gilded Age architecture.

she undid the enormous bow of her shimmering Versace gown on the steps of Met,