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Ashton Sanders in Casablanca stole the show at 2022 Met Gala

Rachael Grealish May 3, 2022
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The 2022 Met Gala wasn’t short of amazing outfits, but it was Ashton Sanders wearing Casablanca who stole the show.

After a two-year covid hiatus, the Met Gala was back with the theme ‘Gilded Glamour’. Many celebrities showcased their own interpretation of the theme but, it’s safe to say, Sanders totally nailed it.

Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/MG22/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Met Gala 2022: Ashton Sanders and Casablanca nailed the assignment

The 26-year-old actor hit the red carpet in a full denim suit by the brand Casablanca. The suit was definitely against the grain as most men wear black/white-tie of some kind, but this just wasn’t the plan for Sanders.

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Instead of a tailcoat, he wore a bodice-style jacket featuring gold trim with a high collar. The front featured corset-style buttons all the way up the front and the boot-cut trousers featured the same gold trim all the way down.

His gold gloves, glasses, and binoculars finished off the ensemble alongside hit gold-tip boots – basically, he oozed the opulence of the Gilded age and nailed the agenda. The star also opted to add some vampire teeth and coloured contacts to his look.

The suit was from luxury designer brand Casablanca, the Paris-based fashion label founded by Charaf Taje and named after the Moroccan city.

Fans were torn

Some fans absolutely adored the actor’s look calling him the ‘best-dressed male’ at the event and others said he definitely ‘understood’ the theme.

However, other fans were torn over the look as some thought it made him look like he belonged in Twilight or that he looked like a ‘denim bellboy’.

Who is Ashton Sanders?

Sanders is an actor probably best known for his portrayal of teenage Chiron in the Academy Award-winning 2016 film Moonlight.

The California native made his film debut in 2013 playing the role of Will in The Retrieval, but more recently he starred in The Equalizer 2. This year he also had a huge role in the Whitney Houston biopic, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

In the movie, he’ll take on the role of Bobby Brown, Houston’s husband from 1992 until 2007, during which time they weathered rumours of drug use and infidelity.

Sanders keeps his personal life under wraps, along with any hints of having a significant other in his life at the moment.

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.