Inside the Met Gala’s Most Legendary Dramas, From Solange and Jay-Z to Hiddleswift squib
With the biggest night in fashion—the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit, better known as the Met Gala—only days away, it’s natural to want to revisit the most fabulous looks ever to grace the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whether you prefer Rihanna's Guo Pei masterstroke or a subtler outing, like Lorde rocking Bode, there’s something for everyone; but perhaps the most appealing element of the Met Gala overshadows even the lure of couture: celebrity chaos.
Think about it: unlike the Oscars, where everyone (save for Will Smith) tends to be on their best behavior, the extremely heightened and fabulous Met Gala is a petri dish for the collision of extremely famous drunk people who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to interact. Over the years, this environment has conjured some truly fascinating moments in pop culture, meaning the 2022 Gala has big shoes to fill in order to capture people’s attention.
The most infamous incident is doubtlessly 2014's Elevatorgate, wherein Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s equally talented younger sister, was caught on camera attacking her sibling's husband with what appeared to be every ounce of strength she could muster. In the extraordinary footage, Jay-Z cowers against the wall, shrinking away from the blows Solange is raining down upon him; she even throws a shoe. Beyoncé, chillingly, just stands there.