The 2021 Met Gala is currently underway. While The Americas’ biggest fashion night out is traditionally held on the first Monday of May but this year this star-stubbed event took place on 13th September coinciding with the end of New York Fashion Week, with the most interesting theme ever. The theme ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’-was the homage to American designers. On this, the head curator Andrew Bolton said, “the American fashion community has been supporting us for 75 years.. so I wanted to acknowledge its support, and also to celebrate and reflect upon American fashion. I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective. We called the dress code this time — American independence. And we really want people to have fun and enjoy dressing up again.”
Following last year’s cancellation of this event due to pandemics, the Costume Institute has announced two parts of the Met Gala for 2021 and 2022. The Exhibition will open on 18th September while the most interesting part, the red carpet event was held on 13th September. The red carpet event was hosted by co-chairs Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka, and honorary chairs Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour. Due to the pandemic guidelines, the celebrity-studded red carpet was a smaller affair than usual with invites stipulating a dress code inspired by American Independence.
What is Met Gala?
Met Gala is probably the largest fashion event in West. This event was organized and praised by Anna Wintour since 1995. Met Gala is considered as the much-loved annual celebration of fashion. Considered a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it has traditionally been timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. This event raises an eight-figure sum till now, in 2019’s edition they have raised a record of $15 million.
Some highlights from Met Gala 2021:
Lupita Nyng’o Deserves applause for understanding the theme correctly. In the Denim-meets-Bridgerton look, she gave the version of elevated American Glam, which people are looking for all night.
Ella Emhoff the stepdaughter of American vice president Kamla Harris, is serving cozy by a figure skater in this cool look designed by Stella McCartney.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made her Met Gala debut by a controversial comment through her outfit. Her white floor-sweeping, off-shoulder gown was saying ‘Tax the Rich’. The outfit was designed by Brother Vellies. ACO is one of the strongest voices in the Democratic Party and the US House of Representatives and had been the vocal advocate of additional taxation to pay for the new green deal. The white gown was an invocation of the women’s suffrage movement in the US. Some have called her hypocritical for wearing a designer outfit while championing the cause of poor., Others have landed her for taking her message to the gala of the rich and famous.
Supermodel and actor Cara Delevingne wore a white Dior tank top with the message Peg the Patriarchy’ on it. On that topic, Delevingne said, “It’s about women empowerment, gender equality — it’s a bit like, ‘stick it to the man’.”
Congresswomen Carlyon B Maloney wore a gown with a cape-like a train that had ‘Equal Rights For Women’ written on it. The outfit was her homage to the Equal Rights Amendment proposed since 1979 which would guarantee legal gender equality.
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe wore a Sergio Hudson pantsuit in bright red silk with a blue shirt that had white stars. She also carried a clutch with the message ‘In Gay We Trust’.
Actor Dan Levy from the popular series Schitt’s Creek, made his Met Gala debut this year. He wore a JW Anderson and Loewe look that was rooted in the works of the LGBTQIA+ activist David Wojnarovicz.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian wore an all-black ensemble from Balenciaga, which covered top to toe, complete with a black veil. A masked man accompanied her as well, who was identified as Demna Gvasalia, the creative director of Balenciaga. The look creates atmost controversies and left the fashion fraternity baffled. Also with her look, she was roast on social media by memers.
Bille Eilish paid homage to Old Hollywood in a peachy Oscar de la Renta ballgown complete with four-meter train floating down the stairs of Met Gala. On her look, she commented, “I find it shocking that wearing fur isn’t completely outlawed at this point in 2021. I am so beyond thrilled to … have made a change that not only makes an impact for the greater good for animals but also for our planet and the environment”.
Lil Nas X made his Met gala debut like a boss. His three outfit was jaw-dropping and marvelous. He dressed all in gold first by Versace, then he revealed his reflective suit of armor and lastly he show off his final look a crystal stubbed catsuit. Lil Nas X told the reporters on the carpet that the drawn-out show was symbolic of his “coming out of the shell” over the past years.
Frank Ocean brought a new meaning in the phrase ” bring your child to work day”. On the big night, he was accompanied by a ghoulish robotic baby whose head appeared to move on its own accord and meeting the photographers with a steely, horrifying gaze. Its face and skin were shock-lime green. Decked out in a printed onesie, the infant named Cody matched with Frank’s freshly dyed buzzcut.
Singer Jennifer Lopez and actor Ben Affleck have rekindled their romance on the red carpet. Their ‘mask-on kiss’ goes gaga on social media. Some believed they look eager to smooch.
Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, who is also the co-chair for the event has flaunted in a Louis Vitton dress accompanied by the black cape, with colorful eye-make-up and beautifully styled hair. On her outfit, she commented, “Americana to me means a mix of all cultures, and this look incorporates both of my heritages: Haitian and Japanese.” People loved her message and her outfit too.
Actor Ashley Tisdale could be seen in a Bebe t-shirt, denim jeans with a gold embellished skirt on top. She complimented the look with Chunkey necklace, gold flats, and keyboard clutch as well. Some people considered her outfit as a ‘true fashion’.
Grimes, the Canadian musician, and girlfriend of the CEO of legendary brand Tesla, just brought the future of American fashion. She wore a metallic mask and semi-sheer white dress with the touch of black and silver. But the main attraction of her outfit was an MSCHF sword made of AR -15. In some people’s opinion, she looks like a customized character in the weapon-based video game Soul Calibur 6.
After seeing Met Gala 2021, fashion lovers are eagerly waiting for next year, Met gala 2022. The theme of Met Gala 2022 was ‘America: An Anthology of Fashion’. The awaited Met Gala 2022 will fall on the first Monday of May 2022.