The Met Gala is often referred to as the “Oscars of fashion” for a reason. Every year, A-list celebrities are invited to walk up the steps of the Met Museum and attend fashion’s biggest night out hosted by Vogue. Last year’s event, which was scheduled for the first Monday of May, was canceled due to the pandemic. But this time around, the Met Gala came back for a night of glitz and glamour just in time for the close of New York Fashion Week.
This year’s theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. As usual, it marks the beginning of the Met’s annual fashion exhibition. “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” will be showing from September 18th, 2021 to September 5th, 2022. Most of this year's best looks patchwork the old and the new when it comes to American fashion.
Ahead, we’re rounding up the best in fashion from the 2021 Met Gala.
Timothée Chalamet is one of this year’s Met Gala co-hosts. The 25-year-old chose to render an homage to American fashion with an all-white Haider Ackermann outfit. The satin tuxedo jacket contrasts with a pair of sweatpants and Chuck Taylors, successfully mixing both low and high brow fashion.
Ella Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris' stepdaughter, sported an all red Stella McCartney for Adidas outfit. It features a diamond mesh top, shiny pants and sheer sneakers. Emhoff's Met Gala outfit shows that comfort can rhyme with high fashion.
Maisie Williams wore a gothic-inspired Thom Browne dress.
The 'Euphoria' actress paid an homage to old Hollywood glamour with a Jonathan Simkhai pearl gown.
Billie Eilish is another celebrity who chose to render an homage to old Hollywood glamour with a gown designed by Oscar de la Renta.
Yara Shahidi wore a custom Dior gown and beige head-to-toe veil.
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X walked the Met Gala stairs with not one but three custom Versace outfits. The first look was a gold royal-inspired cape, which was lifted to then reveal a gold armor. For his final outfit, Lil Nas X wore a bodysuit covered in crystals.
Iman wore a stunning gold dress and headpiece designed by Harris Reed.
Saweetie wore a red dress, as well as a red-white-and-blue train designed by Christian Cowan.
Jennifer Hudson wore a custom AZ Factory dress in honor to designer Alber Elbaz, who died of COVID-19 earlier this year.
MJ Rodriguez walked the Met Gala carpet in a Thom Browne button-down, draped, and pleated design. "I call it this beautiful oil spill, slash edgy Victorian look," said Rodriguez to InStyle. "I felt like it was just so edgy, but still reminiscent of what forward American fashion looks like. It doesn't hold to a specific narrative of how Americans or fashion, in general, are supposed to be—it can be anything you want it to be because America's literally a melting [pot]."
Megan Fox wore a red lace up dress designed by Dundas.
Ciara wore a sequin dress by Dundas. Her outfit is also a shoutout to her husband Russel Wilson. Not only is she sporting Wilson's number 3, but she is also wearing his Super Bowl ring.
Debbie Harry walked the Met steps in an American flag dress designed by Zac Posen.
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson wore a jeweled cutout jumpsuit by Moschino.
Lupita Nyong'o channeled classic Americana in a custom denim gown by Versace.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a custom Brother Vellies gown with "Tax the Rich" written in red across the back. She isn't the first politician to attend the Met Gala but she is the first to make a political statement on the red carpet.
“We can never get too comfortable in our seats at the table once they’ve been given,” said Aurora James to Vogue. James is the founder and creative director of Brother Vellies and the founder of the 15 Percent Pledge. “We must always continue to push ourselves, push our colleagues, push the culture, and push the country forward. Fashion is changing; America is changing. And as far as this theme goes, I think Alexandria and I are a great embodiment of the language fashion needs to consider adding to the general lexicon as we work towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and empowered future.”
Michaela Coel wore a blue sequined catsuit by Balenciaga.
Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams
Pharrell and Helen Lasichanh wore matching western-inspired looks by Chanel.
Rosalía wore a an all-red look, featuring platform leather boots and a fringed mantón de manila by Rick Owens.
Kendall Jenner wore a Givenchy dress inspired by one of Audrey Hepburn's most iconic looks in My Fair Lady.
Kravitz wore a naked dress entirely made of rhinestones and designed by Saint Laurent.
Gabrielle Union looked stunning in an Iris Van Herpen that moved with her as she walked up the stairs of the Met museum.
Jackie Aina channeled the iconic American doll Barbie for this custom all-pink look by Fe Noel. She held a pink bedazzled flamingo purse to match with her pink dress.
"With the Met celebrating American designers, I simply played into what America is along with my heritage. A melting pot," the designer wrote on Instagram. "Jackie’s dress is the perfect mashup of Glamour meets girl next door.”