2021 Met Gala: best dressed celebrities
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Met Gala 2021: the best-dressed celebrities on the red carpet

The Met Gala is back after a year-long hiatus, and the fashion is bigger, brighter and better than ever.

The red carpet is back. If it’s not the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals (can we have a moment for Zendaya, please?), it’s the Bafta and Grammy award ceremonies, all of which attracted a host of impeccably styled stars. 

But none garner more attention, or indeed praise for the lucky few attendees, than the annual fundraising gala for New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute – otherwise known as the Met Gala

And tonight, after a pandemic-induced year-long hiatus, the sartorial spectacle is back. And the fashion is expected to be better than ever. This year, the theme of the gala – which is typically the same as that of the Costume Institute’s summer exhibition – is In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion, which can only mean one thing: American fashion and lots of it.

Indeed, a newly energised clutch of American designers have ascended the ranks of the fashion sphere in recent years, many of whom have become mainstays of the industry. Think Telfar Clemens (Beyoncé and Oprah’s go-to bag designer, of course), Kamala Harris’ favourite Sergio Hudson, and queen of green Gabriella Hearst, all of whom have proved that American fashion is better than ever. 

So while this evening’s affair might only have had a relatively modest 400-person waiting list, as well as mandatory mask wearing and double vaccination for all of its guests, this year’s Met Gala outfits are proof that that American fashion is back and better than ever. These are a few of our favourite looks.

  • Rihanna wearing Balenciaga Couture and Bulgari jewellery to the 2021 Met Gala
    Rihanna wearing Balenciaga Couture and Bulgari jewellery to the 2021 Met Gala

    Making her long-awaited return to the Met Gala red carpet, Rihanna wore Balenciaga Couture, which she accessorised with Bulgari diamonds.

  • Kendall Jenner wearing Givenchy to the 2021 Met Gala
    Kendall Jenner wearing Givenchy to the 2021 Met Gala

    Inspired by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Kendall Jenner’s encrusted nude gown was the epitome of Old Hollywood.

  • Michaela Coel wearing Balenciaga at the 2021 Met Gala
    Michaela Coel wearing Balenciaga at the 2021 Met Gala

    Michaela Coel opted for a cobalt blue Balenciaga sequined all-in-one for her Met Gala debut.

  • Serena Williams wearing Gucci to the 2021 Met Gala
    Serena Williams wearing Gucci to the 2021 Met Gala

    Never one to miss a beat, Serena Williams sported a showstopping Gucci feather cape and jumpsuit to honour the theme.

  • Tracee Ellis Ross wearing Balenciaga Couture to the 2021 Met Gala
    Tracee Ellis Ross wearing Balenciaga Couture to the 2021 Met Gala

    Tracee Ellis Ross sported a midnight blue Balenciaga Couture ensemble, which she accessorised with Tiffany & Co jewellery.

  • Billie Eilish wearing Oscar de la Renta at the 2021 Met Gala
    Billie Eilish wearing Oscar de la Renta at the 2021 Met Gala

    Billie Eilish channeled Marilyn Monroe in a peach-toned Oscar de la Renta tulle gown, which she complemented with a short blonde wig and a berry-stained lip.

  • Lupita Nyong'o wearing Versace to the 2021 Met Gala
    Lupita Nyong'o wearing Versace to the 2021 Met Gala

    Inspired by America’s love of denim, Lupita Nyong’o wore a denim hourglass Versace dress in a nod to the theme.

  • Eiza González wearing Versace to the 2021 Met Gala
    Eiza González wearing Versace to the 2021 Met Gala

    Inspired by Rita Hayworth, Eiza González opted for a scarlet Versace dress with a classic pair of opera gloves for her look.

  • Amanda Gorman wearing Vera Wang to the 2021 Met Gala
    Amanda Gorman wearing Vera Wang to the 2021 Met Gala

    Poet Amanda Gorman pulled out all of the stops in a cobalt blue Vera Wang ensemble, which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty, and a clutch that read ‘Give Us Your Tired’, which was taken from a poem written at the base of the New York City landmark.

  • Ella Emhoff wearing Stella McCartney to the 2021 Met Gala
    Ella Emhoff wearing Stella McCartney to the 2021 Met Gala

    Ella Emhoff, the artist and step-daughter of Kamala Harris, wore an all-red Stella McCartney get-up for her Met Gala debut.

  • Precious Lee wearing Area to the 2021 Met Gala
    Precious Lee wearing Area to the 2021 Met Gala

    Model Precious Lee didn’t let the weight of her encrusted Area dress weigh her down, as she made her Met Gala debut.

  • Kaia Gerber wearing Oscar de la Renta to the 2021 Met Gala
    Kaia Gerber wearing Oscar de la Renta to the 2021 Met Gala

    Also making her Met Gala debut was Kaia Gerber, who wore a sculptured black Oscar de la Renta gown.

  • Jennifer Hudson wearing AZ Factory to the 2021 Met Gala
    Jennifer Hudson wearing AZ Factory to the 2021 Met Gala

    Jennifer Hudson dazzled in a dress by AZ Factory, a touching tribute to the brand’s late founder Alber Elbaz.

  • Sienna Miller wearing Gucci to the 2021 Met Gala
    Sienna Miller wearing Gucci to the 2021 Met Gala

    Sienna Miller chose a timeless nude vintage-inspired Gucci ensemble, complete with a statement feather jacket.

  • Keke Palmer wearing Sergio Hudson to the 2021 Met Gala
    Keke Palmer wearing Sergio Hudson to the 2021 Met Gala

    For her Met Gala debut, actor Keke Palmer opted for a floor-length glittering gown by American designer Sergio Hudson.

  • Mary J. Blige wearing Peter Dundas at the 2021 Met Gala
    Mary J. Blige wearing Peter Dundas at the 2021 Met Gala

    Mary J. Blige wore a stunning sequined dress by Peter Dundas for her return to the red carpet.

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