On Monday night, the Met Gala red carpet was once again rolled out across the steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Held in honor of the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” the red carpet served as a celebration of everything that U.S. fashion has to offer, from the cream of New York design talent—check out all those Thom Browne and Bode suits!—to stunning sartorial tributes, such as Billie Eilish’s Oscar de la Renta ode to Marilyn Monroe, or model Quannah Chasinghorse’s nod to her Indigenous culture through turquoise and silver jewelry.
Just as thrilling as all the night’s most flamboyant fashions, however, was everything taking place behind the scenes. And for that, Vogue’s resident street style photographer Phil Oh was on hand to capture all of the action on the lead-up to the red carpet. (Think: last-minute outfit adjustments, candid celebrity snaps with their entourages, and possibly even the odd case of pre-red carpet jitters.) Here, Oh lifts the curtain on a side of the Met Gala we don’t usually see.
Photographed by Phil Oh