2021 Met Gala: An American Lexicon of Fashion

This year’s Met Gala rundown

Grace Jennings, Copy Editor

The Met gala is an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Usually occurring on the first Monday of May, this year’s gala was postponed til Sept. 13 due to COVID-19 precautions. With safety in mind, the gala required that attendees provide proof of full vaccination, a negative rapid test from the day before and wear proper face covering when indoors. 

Each year, a theme is selected for the exhibits and guests dress accordingly. This year the Costume Institute presented a two part exhibit: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.” Part one of the exhibit opens Sept. 18, and part two will open May 5, 2022. 

The Met gala selects a number of cochairs who assist in hosting the event. This year Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman filled these roles. 

The official dress code for the event was “American Independence.” Celebrities’ outfits varied from political statements such as senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dress with the statement “Tax the Rich” written on the back, and more non-specific takes on the dress code such as Kim Kardashian’s all black outfit hiding her face. 

Too see guests gala looks, head to Vogue’s article “Met Gala 2021 Red Carpet: See Every Celebrity Look, Outfit and Dress Here.”