If you don’t know what Met Gala is, it’s essentially a bunch of famous/rich people attending a fundraising gala, dressed in jaw-dropping outfits created by incredible fashion designers wanting to showcase some of their best pieces of work on the world stage. Usually held on the first Monday in May, this year’s event happened on the 13th of September at its home of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. The theme of each gala celebrates that year’s Costume Institution exhibition and guests dress to reflect this. This year’s theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. Here are some of my favourite looks from the event (photos by Getty Images):
Iman: I mean, come on. Iman waltzed the Met Gala carpet looking like the actual sun; a glowing, shimmering, golden ray of joy. The stunning model outshone everyone on the carpet wearing a gold dress by Dolce & Gabbana X Harris Reed, finished off with a spectacular headpiece that resembled Sekhmet’s sun disk.
Leon Bridges: Sporting a baby blue fringed jacket, cowboy hat and bejewelled trousers, Bridges was serving lewks on the cream carpet. His outfit, designed by Bode was giving us the fashionista cowboy vibes that I’m here for.
Megan Rapinoe: What’s more “American” than a star-spangled banner outfit? A gay, World Cup winning female athlete wearing a star-spangled banner outfit! Her bright red suit and blue shirt embroidered with silver stars was designed by Sergio Hudson and really encompassed the American theme of the event. To top it all off, she carried a clutch that stated “In Gay We Trust” which was just *French kiss*.
Quannah Chasinghorse: Indigenous culture is rarely showcased or celebrated in mainstream fashion so this outfit was a beautiful addition to the carpet. Dressed by Dundas, the 19-year-old Indigenous model incorporated heritage and identity into her look; celebrating her culture and reclaiming a fashion that is so often either overlooked or misrepresented. She also stated that she wanted to “show the world that we are still her, and that the land that everyone occupies is stolen Native land” (Source: https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/quannah-chasinghorse-met-gala-diary-dundas)
Carolyn Maloney: I already love the suffrage colours of purple, green and white together but I love them even more when they’re being worn on the Met Gala carpet to spread a message for equal rights. Both the front of Maloney’s dress, designed by Antonios Courture, and her bag were emblazoned with the statement “ERA YES” in reference to the proposed Equal Rights Amendment which would incorporate a rule prohibiting discrimination based on sex into the US Constitution. It’s a (ERA) YES from me!
Khelani: Glitz, glamour and one of the only celebs to incorporate a mask into the outfit. Dressed by Aliétte her sparkly silver suit was both classy and COVID-safe – it’s a 10/10.
Dan Levy: In a collaboration with Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson and Cartier, Levy absolutely owned the gala with this outfit with paid homage to American artist and AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz. Much of Wojnarowicz’s work aimed to share the stories, challenges and myths around AIDS and challenge society’s perception of the illness. One of the artists’ most powerful pieces of art was a leather jacket worn in 1988 decorated with a pink triangle and the words: “If I die of aids – forget burial – just drop my body on the steps of the F.D.A”. Levy’s homage to this wonderful activist was both hugely important and emotive.
Megan Fox: This woman never, ever misses. How does she look so good every time she steps out of the house! Rocking a stunning red dress by Dundas, paired with Jimmy Choos, a classic red lip and matching accessories, she looked fire (as always).
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: In a controversial move, the Democrat representative wore a dress that boldy stated ‘Tax the Rich’. Many pointed out the irony that she was wearing this piece whilst having paid the $35,000 ticket price for the gala but apparently elected officials are given free tickets to attend the event. I think that wearing this bold statement to an event surrounded by some of the richest celebrities in the world was both brilliant and necessary to draw attention to this topical issue in politics right now.
Billie Eilish: In my humble opinion, the icon of the Met Gala 2021. Billie brought elegance, class and encompassed American glamour. Sporting a Marilyn Monroe-style blonde bob and a peachy keen dress designed by Oscar de la Renta, the 19-year-old popstar stole to show. As a bonus, she later shared on her Instagram that de la Renta agreed to be completely fur-free going forward if she wore their designs on the night. A superstar and an activist! Team Billie!
Here’s to part 2, set to take place early next year!
*Disclaimer- aside from the fashion aspect, I’m not really on board with the idea of the Met Gala. The elitism, the privilege, the amount of money it costs to attend (tickets reportedly cost around $35,000) is all pretty ludicrous. And yes, I love museums, so of course I support projects that help to raise money for them, but this kind of fundraising for one institution, is excessive. With all that’s going on in the world, particularly with regards to homelessness, addiction and racial abuse in the USA, I’m sure this kind of money could be spent more resourcefully.