Met Gala 2021 Recap
Being one of the biggest nights for fashion. Formerly known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit. The Met Gala is a black-tie annual event that takes place at the museum in New York. Every year is a different theme that correlates with the exhibition.
This year will be different due to the two-part exhibition. One celebrated this past Monday and the other on the usual first Monday in May.
“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” is this year’s theme honoring the Institute and the celebration of Modern American Fashion. Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Institute, stated for Vogue back in April that the American Fashion Industry is “undergoing a Renaissance” and it should be honored.
“The emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” Bolton told Vogue. “And I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective.”
While attendees are normally under wraps until the night of the ceremony. The co-chairs are notable public figures. Since last year’s Gala was canceled, the co-chairs that were realized to the public were Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour. But this year changed them to Billie Eilish; making her the youngest ever to host; Timothé Chamalet, Naomi Osaka, and poet Amanda Gorman.
Met Gala Top Looks With Their Meanings
Besides being the youngest co-chair, Billie wore for the first time an Oscar de la Renta dress, but under one condition. That the brand stops the use of fur in their products. The Happier Than Ever singer is a vegan for seven years and an animal rights activist, so it was of major importance the request she made.
The congresswoman came to the event wearing a dress saying “Tax the Rich”. The intent is to get the message out at the Gala, a space where wealthy people frequent. She also mentioned that “while the MET is known for its spectacle we should have a conversation about it”.
The 27-year-old beauty entrepreneur paid homage to the LGBTQ+ activist Marsha “Pay It No Mind”. She went on Instagram and wrote: “I knew I wanted to pay homage to a trans icon who was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots… Marsha P. Johnson paved the way for so many of us, and I hope I made my community proud tonight.”