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What Went Down At The 2021 Met Gala: Unforgettable Looks And New Faces

What Went Down At The 2021 Met Gala: Unforgettable Looks And New Faces
Images by @justjared, @metmuseum, @variety / Instagram

The Met Gala’s comeback this year, after being cancelled in 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19, was not only the return of a star-studded (“fashion’s biggest night out”) fundraising event—it was also a sign of hope. Vogue’s editor-in-chief and chairwoman of the gala Anna Wintour said in her red-carpet interview, “We wanted to close New York Fashion week because we felt that once we announced the Met Gala, it would really represent the fact that New York is back.”

The theme of this year’s ball is ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’. Wintour explains, “Andrew Bolton, the brilliant curator of the Costume Institute, wanted to celebrate the best of American fashion and is very much focused with this exhibition. This one’s really looking at the future of American fashion.

Seventy percent of the exhibition focuses on young designers that represent a whole patchwork of America—very diverse, very inclusive, very sustainable. I think it symbolizes the fact that America is made up of so many different cultures.”

Now, let’s go over the remarkable looks we saw at the Met Gala, shall we?

Anna Wintour

“The woman of the hour” wore an Oscar de la Renta floral dress to honor her memory of him and their friendship. “Of course, it was the great Oscar de la Renta that brought me to the museum in the first place,” Anna shares.

Billie Eilish

Eilish, the co-chair or co-host of the 2021 Met Gala, also wore an Oscar de la Renta gown. She told the designers that she wanted to be “the belle of the ball” with the Holiday Barbie as her main inspiration. We can say she certainly looked like one!

Keke Palmer

Palmer wore a Sergio Hudson black and gold sparkling gown. She was the host of the red-carpet coverage, and she definitely looked right for the part! So many people expressed their love for her genuine energy and entertainment skills. Let’s hope Vogue gets her again next year.

Yara Shahidi

Shahidi wore a Christian Dior creation inspired by the late great entertainer Josephine Baker, whom she wanted to honor through fashion. Wow, she looked great!

Barbie Ferreira

Ferreira wore a sparkling Jonathan Simkhai pearl dress on her first Met Gala. This undoubtedly complemented her body shape, and she looked amazing.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner’s look was inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s ballgown in the film “My Fair Lady.” Jenner wore a sheer bedazzled Givenchy dress, and we can’t deny that she looks expensive, dripping in jewels! 

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Olivia Rodrigo

The Filipino-American’s Met Gala debut look was inspired by punk rock. She wore a custom Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) fur playsuit that she absolutely adores.

Zoey Deutch

Can we all agree that she looks stunning? Not a lot of people are talking about her but her makeup matching her dress and shoes really looked good. Zoey shows off some leg in Versace!

Kaia Gerber

Gerber’s simple black Oscar de la Renta gown channeled human rights advocate Bianca Jagger’s Met Gala outfit in 1981. Both gowns looked regal in their simplicity!

Megan Fox

Megan Fox looking sexy as ever in a red-hot Dundas creation. She was on fire!

Jennifer Lopez

Let’s just say JLo was on theme! She wore a brown Ralph Lauren gown and a cowboy hat. Always a scene stealer.

Kim Kardashian

So many people had something to say (both good and bad) about Kim K’s all-black Balenciaga ensemble. Some gave hidden meanings to it–saying it was part of the BLM Movement or ex-husband Kanye’s Donda promotion. But she addressed all speculations and simply said it was American themed. We’re still wondering how she managed to see and eat though! A head turner, for sure.

Frank Ocean

Is Frank Ocean really Frank without his gimmicks? He really brought a green robot baby to the Met Gala wearing Prada!

Kim Petras

Kim Petras shared that her look—horse head included—took two weeks to make and four hours to put on! Let’s give her an A for Effort.

Iman

Iman really brought her A-game to the Met Gala! She was wearing a Dolce & Gabbana creation that certainly made waves. That’s how you do it, folks.

CL

CL was part of the K-pop girl group 2NE1 and is currently a solo star. She is one of the first female K-pop idols to score an invite to the Met Gala. She showed up in a denim Alexander Wang creation. She also incorporated her culture in her ensemble through the traditional Korean hanbok knot and her hairstyle inspired by queens.

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Grimes

Of course, Grimes brought a sword to the Met Museum. What is fashion if you can’t express yourself? She wore an Iris Van Herpen dress that looked so bomb!

Hunter Schafer


Schafer’s look was so futuristic, with a spider-like jewelry on her face. She definitely turned heads in her Prada two-piece dress!

Dan Levy

Dan Levy followed the theme while injecting elements of his advocacies regarding the LGBTQ+ community and AIDS awareness. He wore a custom Jonathan Anderson!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

AOC made a statement at The Met Gala wearing a white dress that says, “Tax The Rich”. Kind of ironic, but a good place to start!

Cara Delevigne

Speaking of making a statement, Delevigne’s custom Dior fit also sent a message. Her top says, “Peg the Patriarchy,” a slogan originally coined by sex educator Luna Matatas. We honestly appreciate celebrities using their platforms especially in huge events like this!

Zoe Kravitz

Naked gowns have been a thing for a while. Kravitz wore a YSL silver ensemble that definitely deserved its moment!

Rihanna

Rihanna was fashionably late and was the perfect ending to the Met Gala red-carpet event. She was wearing a Balenciaga overcoat that certainly caught attention. Who said you can’t be comfortable at the Met?

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X wanted to show different looks at The Met, so he stripped down at the red carpet. He started off with royalty, then armor, then sexy. He ended the look in a dazzling gold Versace playsuit.

Saweetie

Saweetie really said representation! Her custom Christian Cowan gown, inspired by both the Philippine flag and the Black American flag, is the artist’s way of saying she is proud of her heritage. Did we mention it was made up of 10 million crystals? Yes, girl!

Rosé

Last but definitely not the least, BLACKPINK’s Rosé made history as the first female K-pop idol (together with CL) to attend the Met Gala. She went there in a custom Yves Saint Laurent LBD that she wore on her Elle Korea magazine shoot. She is the global ambassador of the brand and was escorted by the creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, himself. She was the most talked about celebrity at The Met garnering over 3 million related tweets. Her red-carpet video was viewed one million times in just twelve minutes. Wow! Blinks also made “She is the main event” and “Rosé” trend on Twitter to show their support for her. All eyes on Rosé!

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