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The 2022 Met Gala is right around the corner. While you prepare for the first Monday in May, read up on this year’s theme, figure out how to stream the (gilded) carpet, and get ready to channel your inner fashion critic, the Met has thought one step further: designer merch.
To celebrate this year’s Costume Institute exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” Vogue, the Met Store, and Instagram teamed up with some of the U.S. design industry’s brightest talents. As the curatorial theme of the 2021 and 2022 exhibitions center around American fashion, each designer created a limited-edition capsule collection, available exclusively at The Met Store’s shop on Instagram.
Past designers include Virgil Abloh, Emily Bode, Aurora James, Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada, Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport, Prabal Gurung, and Kerby Jean-Raymond. Master of color theory Christopher John Rogers is now added to that list.
“My work was exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time in 2021, and this tee was developed in commemoration of that moment,” Rogers said in a press release. The referenced work was a gorgeous silk purple-and-pink tartan-plaid gown with an exaggerated bustle.
Rogers, who was awarded womenswear designer of the year at last year’s CFDA awards, has continued to wow the industry and the world with his exuberant approach to color, identifiable signature codes (like his strawberry skirt silhouette), and ever-expanding celebrity clientele (see: Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lana Condor, and Vice President Harris).
For his exclusive The Met Store collab, Rogers designed a T-shirt in three colors — Hibiscus Pink, Lime Green, and Black — which reads “High Fashion Drama Met Gala Extravaganza.” “[The shirt] features one of our favorite phrases in the studio embellished with crystals or printed with metallic foil,” Rogers said. Per his brand’s ethos, it is incredibly camp. The limited-edition tees retail for $175 to $195 and are available only on Instagram.
Last year, Rogers made his Met Gala debut dressing Gossip Girl star Jordan Alexander and Instagram’s Eva Chen. Alexander wore an exposed corset with lime-green boning paired with a rainbow-palette skirt wrapped around her in the style of a Charles James gown. We can’t wait to see who he dresses this year.
Keep scrolling to shop his crystal-embellished tees below.