Fashion’s most important night, the Met Gala celebrates the creative spirit that drives the industry. Every Met has its own theme, and 2021 paid tribute to the ingenuity of American style. Although guests didn’t need to choose a garment from an American label, their attire had to be representative of America’s adventurous, sartorial style. This freedom gave the opportunity to explore a variety of styles, which made this year’s Red Carpet the most unpredictable and exciting yet. Some celebrities chose to honor national icons. Billie Eilish , co-chair, embraced her inner starlet with an Oscar de la Renta dress modeled after Grace Kelly’s elegant style. Others used the art of surprise, such as Lil’ Na X who ripped off the layers of Versace ornate to show a glittering catsuit.
Whether they caused a viral moment (Timothee Chalamet leading a casual live-streamed stroll to the museum’s steps), subverted expectations (Pete Davidson in an epic slipdress from Thom Browne), or went incognito (Kim Kardashian in a Balenciaga gown and matching mask ), the stars in attendance committed to the theme. Their spirited, larger than life looks were in sync with the dramatic pieces that fill the America: A Lexicon of Fashion exhibition. They raised the bar.
Those who thought that the first socially distanced, mid-September Met Gala was going to be a quiet affair were quickly proven wrong. It was a moment of pure joy, made even more special by the strength of the fashion community following a difficult year. By the time Rihanna showed up at the last minute and closed the red carpet with a stunning final surprise, everyone was in the mood to celebrate.
If you missed the live coverage of the Met Gala 2021 red carpet, you can see all of your favorite celebrities arriving in style by watching the livestream here.