Wheels, costume changes and political statements on stage at the Met Gala
Co-chair Amanda Gorman’s outfit made multiple references to the Statue of Liberty. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images
Walking up the steps in an indigo embellished Vera Wang dress and a silver laurel wreath, she said, “I think American fashion is really at the crossroads of the world.” Representing a reinvented Statue of Liberty, Gorman was holding an Edie Parker pouch that read “Give Me Your Fated”, a reference to the poem inscribed at the base of the statue.
The poet was one of many stars to don shades of deep blue at the glitzy event. Tracee Ellis Ross wowed in a Balenciaga Couture coat dress with a pop collar, while gymnast Nia Dennis made an acrobatic entrance in a blue Stella McCartney catsuit.
Timothée Chalamet in Haider Ackerman. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Met Museum / Vogue
But among those who took inspiration from the stars and stripes of the American flag, those drawn in red came out in force.
Megan Fox turned heads with pin-up style bangs and a bold Dundas dress featuring a plunging V-neck and high slit, while Karlie Kloss wore a scarlet Carolina Herrera dress with striking structural details.
Megan Fox was one of several stars wearing red, white or blue at the 2021 Met Gala. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images
Model Ella Emhoff, the daughter-in-law of Vice President Kamala Harris, wore an all-red Adidas outfit by Stella McCartney, joining a long list of celebrities to wear the color, including Jennifer Hudson, Rosalia, Emily Ratajkowski and Maluma.
On an evening dedicated to American fashion, it’s no surprise that many opted for old Hollywood glamor.
Dressed in Oscar de la Renta, co-chair Billie Eilish channeled Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly in her low-cut peach gown, which was accompanied by a fitted bodice and a long tulle train that required the support of four assistants. Megan Thee Stallion also sparkled in an elegant pink Coach dress with hand-embroidered crystal details and an asymmetrical hem.
Billie Eilish went for classic glamor with her luxurious Oscar de la Renta dress. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Shutterstock
MJ Rodriguez also drew inspiration from the past, breathtaking viewers in a creation by Thom Browne which she described as a “Victorian look”. Yet the outfit also hinted at something quite more contemporary. Speaking to CNN Style upon arrival, the “Pose” star said the outfit was designed to “show what it’s like to be America now in 2021 and be a black and Latin trans woman who can show that she can take her roots all the way back to American roots. “
Rodriguez was among a number of participants to interpret the theme through the lens of diversity. Rapper Saweetie wore a crystal-embellished bodycon dress with a long train by Christian Cowan that incorporated the colors of the Black American Heritage flag and a Filipino flag – a reference to her mixed heritage.
Likewise, co-chair Naomi Osaka brought together her Japanese and Haitian origins in a Louis Vuitton ensemble. The ruffled sleeves were reminiscent of carnival, while the red obi on her tulip skirt was reminiscent of the traditional kimono tie.
Naomi Osaka attends the Met Gala at Louis Vuitton. Credit: Evan Agostini / Invision / AP
Carolyn B. Maloney sent a clear message. Credit: Mike Coppola / Getty Images
Lil Nas X made one of the most spectacular entries of the night, revealing gold armor and, later, a gold jumpsuit. Credit: John Shearer / WireImage / Getty Images
With so many perspectives on what American fashion means in 2021, one thing is clear: The Met Gala made it stand out in all its diversity.
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