September 14, 2021

Met Gala 2021 recap: America’s greatest fashion show is back.

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This Monday, after a two-year hiatus, the Met Gala returned to New York City. Every year, America biggest stars get to dress in leading fashion designers and meet at the New York’s Met Museum. And for a good course, no more miniature, as the event aims to raise funds for the Costume Institute.

This year’s Met Gala was a little different than those that precede it. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, last year’s gala was cancelled. Traditionally, it was held on the first Monday of May, but it was cancelled a second time was year and was pushed to September 13th; A day that coincides with New York’s Fashion Week.

Regardless of the hurdles, this year’s Met Gala’s theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion- a hat off to American Fashion and designers. The “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition will be done in two parts owing to the pandemic. The first part happens tonight in the September exhibition, while the second part, titled “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, was scheduled to take place on May 5th 2022.

The exhibition’s curator, Andrew Bolton, chose the two themes for two reasons. The first was a homage to the American Community, which he says in part, “has been supporting us for 75 years, really, since the beginning of the fashion institute.”  He says the second was to emphasize conscious creativity as done during the pandemic and social justice movements. “And I have been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I am finding their work very self-reflective.”

And when it came to representing was year’s theme, the stars did not disappoint, with many of them wearing red (Jennifer Hudson in red curve-clinging red AZ Factory gown), white (Gigi Hadid in her white Prada Dress), and blue (Gorman in her strapless blue gown by Vera Wang), honouring the American flag and fashion. It was not to say that the others stars failed to adhere to the theme; they did in their way. The theme for was year was broad, and as such, it was subject to different interpretations. Billie Eilish arrived in a custom peach Oscar de La Renta gown to was year’s event, channeling actor Marilyn Monroe.

There were also notable fashion choices gracing the red carpet. Kim Kardashian wore head-to-toe, face included, black Balenciaga. Rihanna and ASAP Rocky arrived fashionably late to the event wearing a puffy coat-style gown with a matching beanie and jewellery.  ASAP, on the other hand, appeared to be wearing a blanket inspired attire.  Dany Levy, the “Schitt’s creator” and star, wore an outfit by Loewe that turned a few heads, with high-puff sleeves and a pop of fifty shades of blue. And of course, the highlight of the night, Lil Nas X, pulled a lady Gaga by changing his red carpet look three times. The Rapper and singer’s three outfits screamed royalty, with each and every one of them having gold.  

Gen Z was year took the throne at the Met Gala, with stars like Naomi Osaka, Billie Eilish, Timothee Chamalet and Amanda Gorman hosting the event. With celebrities such as Lourdes Leon (Madonna’s daughter), Jack Harlow (young rapper), Dixie D’Amellio (tik tok star), Emma Raducanu (U.S. Open Champ), Natalia Bryant (daughter to the late Kobe Bryant), Adison Rae (Tik Tok star) and Madison Beer (singer) gracing the event.

However, some guests were unable to attend the event on account of the vaccination requirement. Rapper Nicki Minaj on Monday said she would not be attending the Met Gala due to the event’s condition that required attendees of the event to get vaccinated against Covid-19. In a tweet, she said, “If I get vaccinated, it won’t be for the Met.” She went on further to state that she would only get vaccinated when she had done enough research.

All in all, the Met Gala symbolized a return to normality to some extent. A welcomed transition from virtual red carpets to in-person meetings.

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