Opinion & Commentary

2021 Met Gala Fashion

By Clara Prander ’22

The 13th the annual Met Gala was held in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is typically held the first Monday in May, but this year it got postponed to September due to Covid. Just like every year, it was packed with celebrities and their extravagant outfits. The Met Gala is the fashion world’s equivalent to the Oscars. It is an evening when designers, models, and stars all get to dress in the most over-the-top looks possible. This year’s theme of the Gala was “In America : A Lexicon of Fashion”.

Most of the celebrities are wearing the most beautiful outfits, although there are some that are very questionable. Here are some of my favorites as well as some on the more interesting side. 

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Some of the last to stroll in were the new couple: Rihanna and ASAP Rocky. This was their first Gala as an official couple, which made it even more exciting. Although their outfits somewhat go together, it’s not one of my favourites. IT looks like they’re both wrapped in big blankets. Rihanna is wearing a Balenciaga overcoat and ASAP a design by ERL.

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Jennifer Lopez served on the carpet ~ as always ~ with her outfit designed by Ralph Lauren. She arrived solo with her brown gown, high slip, and faux fur. This outfit embodies the theme of America very well. What could possibly be more American than the cowboy look? The look is classy and the different brown tones of the pieces tie it all together in a nice way. You can always count on J Lo to look stunning. This was no exception. 

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Billie Eilish stepped on the red carpet in this very big and poofy dress made by Oscar de la Renta. It gave off Marilyn Monroe vibes, both in a good and bad way. The dress itself is beautiful with the old Hollywood theme, but the cooler tones itself don’t really suit Eilish. It is too close to her skin colour which makes it blend too much. Considering it is  her first Met gala, I think she did well. It was both elegant and unexpecting.

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Iman’s outfit is what the MET is about. She is really taking a risk and wearing something extravagant, something that stands out, and something elegant. Her outfit, designed by Harris Reed, is made to match the big headpiece from Dolce & Gabbana. I know for sure that I would have trouble focusing on anyone else’s outfit as soon as she walked on the carpet if I were at the Gala.  Although it is a very nice outfit, there is some trouble connecting it to the theme of America. Her response was how it symbolises the light at the end of the tunnel. 

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Emma Chamberlain is one of today’s most talked about teens. There was no surprise that she would show up in something amazing. She has been working with Louis Vuitton for quite a while now. It was a no-brainer that she would go to them. Her dress, completely in gold, and with two triangles in front, was  showstopping. It was classy yet modern; a brilliant choice for her first MET Gala. 

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The Vice-President’s step daughter showed up in this red street style inspired creation. Ella received some critique for this outfit choice, especially for the fact that she didn’t wear a dress like most women do. She responded to this to the New York Times saying, “I’m someone who is really passionate about comfort. Even though this is the Met, everyone is allowed to still feel comfortable in their own skin, their own style.” I like that she had the guts to do what she wanted and dress in something more comfortable, but still very fashionable. I think the critique is unnecessary. She looks stunning. 

To summarize the MET Gala, all of the outfits were something extra.  But that is the point. It is the one event where you can wear whatever and still make it a fashion statement. This was just a selection of some of the looks that caught my eye, but there were so many more that are worth a look. The usual number for attendees at the Met Gala is around 600.  There are more than enough outfits to go through until next year. But I will still be waiting in suspense. 

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