moschino under designer Jeremy Scott is a label that knows how to have some serious fun at the Met Gala, as evidenced by the illuminated chandelier it sports Katy Perry to the camp theme party in 2019. But the custom golden canary style they wear Madelaine Petsch at the 2022 Monday Night Met Gala married the big personality one expects from Moschino (those gloriously puffed sleeves) with the restrained poise befitting the evening’s “Gilded Glamor” dress code. As a result, the Riverdale The actress looked like a late-generation John Singer Sargent muse, as if she’d just floated out of one of the museum’s high-society portraits.
“With her really fair skin and that gorgeous coppery red hair, I don’t think there’s a better person to fit that period in this modern age,” says the stylist. Mark Mena, responsible for Petsch’s fairytale hairstyle. “I told him, ‘I want you to look like a painting.’ That was my inspiration.”
All talk turned to the Moschino gown, with a flared mermaid train, those cream puff sleeves, and matching opera gloves, all in fabric seen on the house’s fall 2022 runway. “Interestingly, Jeremy had T-shirts in the collection that said ‘Gilt Without Guilt,’ which is a great nod to this year’s Met theme, and he had no idea at the time he created them,” explains Petsch. “So this confirms what I’ve been thinking for a while: Jeremy Scott is a visionary and a psychic.” As the exhibition celebrates the often-overlooked talents of dressmakers and tailors, she highlights the meticulous beadwork and hand-made pleats: “I am so grateful to everyone who spent countless hours putting all their effort into the creation of this dress, and this [moment] it is as much theirs as it is mine.”
“There’s a lot of opulence, for sure,” Mena says, drawing attention to the swaths of fabric and layered detail work. As a counterpoint, he “almost wanted the hair to look like it was inhabited.” The natural resources at his disposal were considerable. “Honestly, it’s the best hair I’ve ever worked on,” says the stylist, who gave Petsch a take-home assignment the night before the Met: wash hair in the morning, rake in LolaVie’s Perfecting conditioner. without rinsing and let it air dry in a braid. “By the time I got here, it had an incredible texture.”