The Met Gala – “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” September, 2021.

The Met gala is always a star-studded fashion event. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the major fundraising event for the Met’s Costume Institute. In 2020 it was canceled due to the pandemic, so we are thrilled to see it back loaded with celebrities in all manner of dress. From gorgeous to outrageous, to those outfits that made a strong social statement.

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Rihanna, Iman, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X. Credit: Vogue.com

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Host Keke Palmer, dressed by Sergio Hudson interviewing Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish, a co-chair of the Met Gala. Ms. Eilish is wearing Oscar de la Renta. Image captured from live stream, credit: Vogue.com.

Actress Keke Palmer posted an image about the food served on her Instagram account, with the caption, “This why they don’t show y’all the food. I’m just playinnnn,” she joked. At $30,000.00 per person, possibly she expected a bit more?

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Lackluster salad posted by Keke Palmer. Credit: nydailynews.com

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Keke interviewing Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and chairwoman of the Gala event since 1995. Image captured from live stream, credit: Vogue.com.

“I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance,” said Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute. “I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.” Credit: harpersbazaar.com.

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Rihanna and boyfriend A$AP were the last to arrive on the red carpet. Rihanna dressed in an all black Balenciaga down-coat-like ensemble which highlighted her 267-carats of diamonds from Bulgari and her Fenty Beauty brand of make-up. Credit: Ndtv.com

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Millions of dollars of jewelry, stunning make-up and a beanie. Rihanni knows how to work it. Credit: thecut.com.

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Congresswoman Carolyn Bosher Maloney was one of the first Met Gala attendees to send a political message. She wore a vibrant multicolored look that paid homage to the women’s rights movement. Credit: harpersbazaar.com.

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Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York wearing a “Tax the Rich” emblazoned dress by Brooklyn based brand Brother Vellies. Credit: harpersbazaar.com.

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Co-chair Timothée Chalamet in Haider Aikerman. Image captured from live stream, credit: Vogue.com.

“A panel of Gen Z superstars has been tapped to oversee this year’s ball. Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet, Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish, Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka and Biden inaugural poet Amanda Gorman will serve as co-chairs of the event. In May, 19-year-old Eilish became the youngest person ever tapped to co-chair the Met Gala. Famed designer Tom Ford and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri have been named honorary chairs alongside Wintour.” Credit: losangelestimes.com

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Gigi Hadid, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Amandla Stenberg, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Hunter Schafer, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Ella Emhoff, step-daughter of Vice President Kamala Harris in Stella McCartney, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Laura Harrier in Altuzarra, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Kendall Jenner in Givenchy, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history in Vera Wang. Her ensemble was inspired by the Statue of Liberty. Credit: Vogue.com.

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Kaia Gerber in Oscar de la Renta, Credit: Vogue.com.

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Donatella Versace being interviewed by Ilana Glazer. Image captured from live stream, credit: Vogue.com.

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Sawettie, American rapper, being interviewed. Image captured from live stream, credit: Vogue.com.

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Dan Levy in Loewe, Credit: Vogue.com.

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It took five handlers to get Billie Eilish safely up the long staircase of the Metropolitan Museum. Four to carry her train and one to block traffic. Watch the 3 and ½ hour video here and see the amazing outfits, the outstanding make-up and all the action. Image captured from live stream, credit: Vogue.com.

 

Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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