Stars Show Off Extravagant Outfits at Met Gala 2021
How guests interpreted “American Independence” dress code.
September 13, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
After delays due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the first part of the 2021 and 2022 Met Gala was held last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with the exhibition theme being “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. The exhibition will open to the public on September 18 and the second part, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, will take place in May 2022.
The Met Gala takes place every year to fundraise for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute by inviting high-profile guests to dress in the theme, view the exhibit, and have a sit-down dinner. Although what goes on after the red carpet is kept exclusive to guests with a no phone policy.
This year’s gala was co-hosted by young stars Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, Timothée Chalamet, and Amanda Gorman.
While Eilish stunned in a Marilyn Monroe old Hollywood inspired ballgown, tennis star Naomi Osaka wore a colorful ensemble with a decorated hairstyle as a gesture to her Haitian and Japanese heritage. Actor Timothée Chalamet wore a simple all white silk suit mixing a tuxedo jacket with sweatpants. And poet Amanda Gorman donned a blue gown and crystal headpiece channeling the iconic Statue of Liberty.
Some stars embraced the theme literally such as Blondie singer Debbie Harry who donned the American flag in a red and white striped skirt. Other guests including Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber took a more simplistic approach celebrating how American designers do simple and classic looks so beautifully. In addition, many took inspiration from old Hollywood glam and stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.
Amongst these somewhat modest interpretations of the theme, there were some peculiar ensembles seen on the red carpet. For one, Kim Kardashian’s all black outfit turned heads as it covered her entire face and body. Additionally, Frank Ocean and Grimes chose to utilize props as part of their look carrying a green robotic doll and sword, respectively.
Along with tributes to American fashion designers and iconic figures, political statements were made. Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made an impression in her gown embellished with the words “Tax the Rich”.
Of course, there are many more celebrity guests who made an impression at the 2021 Met Gala, to see more view this slideshow by Harper’s Bazaar and you can judge the looks for yourself!
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