Typically, when May comes around, celebrities, designers, and fashion lovers alike begin to feel the excitement of ‘part of the year’s commencement. In this case, the party of the year is the infamous Met Gala, wildly also hailed as the “Oscars of the East Coast.” Formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit it has been hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume institute in New York City for more than 73 years. This annual gala is a fundraising event for the Costume Institute that began in 1948 and continues to raise millions every year.
Although the Met Gala started in November and switched to the first Monday of May by 2005, because of Covid the event pushed back and hosted on September 13th this year. This year’s panel of honorary chairs included Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, and Adam Mosseri. The event was hosted by young celebrities such as Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka, Timothee Chalomet, Keke Palmer, and Ilana Glazer.
This socialite event brings in an invitee list that ranges from Hollywood’s finest to designers, artists, musicians, and more. Although this premiere event is extremely exclusive, people all over the world tune into the stream to see who arrives on the carpet and what they are wearing. This year’s theme will continue into next year as a two-part exhibition that explores fashion in the United States. The name of the first smaller exhibit is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, focusing on patchwork quilting used as a metaphor for the melting pot of cultures that live in this country.
As tradition dictates, guests are expected to match their fashion to the theme of the exhibit.Guests this year embodied American fashion on the red carpet and all of us here at Couture tuned into the show to give you some of our favorite looks of 2021!
In true American fashion, Keke Palmer partnered with Sergio Hudson to help her embody the show stopping style and elegance of the infamous Diana Ross for her Met Gala look. The shimmering golden dress is sleek and conforms to her body while the low open back adds a sensual finish. Paired with a smokey eye and stunning afro, Palmer exuded confidence as she hosted the illustrious event.
Designed by Christian Dior, Yara Shahidi paid tribute to the American-French entertainer Josephine Baker. As an ambassador for Dior, the actress and activist looks to combine both to all of her fashion, especially when she arrived in the gown that featured intricate beadwork, gauze train, a braided cap, diamond choker, and elbow length gloves. This absolutely stunning outfit made Shahidi glow while paying perfect homage to Baker and the fashion of the 1920’s-1930’s.
A fashion icon in her own right, Sienna Miller’s gown for the Met Gala was designed by Gucci and shined on the carpet. The dusty rose lace and silver bead work along the bodice is given an Old Hollywood glam finish with a long fur coat. This shimmering piece shined on at the Gala and with her natural makeup and waves of blonde hair, we were inspired by that Old Hollywood appeal.
Supermodel Karli Kloss took the assignment and appeared at the Met Gala donning an all red Carolina Herrera dress. The custom piece is not only inspired by the House’s founder, but also by the official flower of the United States, the rose. Crafted from silk, this dress is show-stopping with the large sleeves and long train that finish the effect with an elegant flair.
Old Hollywood glam was a staple look for many of the celebrities attending and joining them in Givenchy was Kendall Jenner. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s gown from My Fair Lady, Jenner’s dress included the same embellished choker and sleeves as the on-screen gown only with a sexy twist as the entire gown was sheer. Putting her hair in an up-do we are able to see every detail of this stunning outfit.
Emily Blunt was the embodiment of a starry sky with her Miu Miu gown. Inspired by the 1941 film, Ziegfeld Girl, and the lead star Hedy Lamarr, Blunt’s sheer dress was completely covered in jewels and beads while paired with a star headpiece that was reminiscent of Lamarr’s tiara. Given extra drama with diamond earrings and a dramatic white cape, Blunt was a star at the Gala.
Although she arrived fashionably late, Rihanna was the highly anticipated guest everyone was waiting for. With a history of memorable Met Gala looks, everyone couldn’t wait to see what Riri would arrive wearing. Not to disappoint, her all black Balenciaga dress featured large ruffles with a matching hat. The sheer volume of the ruffles are an homage to the oversized styles America is known for with a chic twist.
Mixing Old Hollywood glam with a touch of an American classic, 19 year old Billie Eilish stunned at the Met Gala in her Oscar de la Renta gown. The light peach tulle dress was a memorable pairing of Marilyn Monroe style with the classic designs of Holiday Barbie dolls with a condition. With a twist, Eilish only agreed to wear this gown if the House would agree to completely stop using/selling furs in their fashion.
Indigenous model, 19 year old Quannah Chasinghorse had the most memorable and stunning outfit of the evening. An absolute vision in her Peter Dundas gold lame gown, Quannah completed her look with Navajo turquoise and silver jewelry. Her presence at the Met Gala with her traditional face tattoos and accessories is paving the way for indigenous representation and she made waves on the internet with her arrival at the Gala.