Met Gala 2021 returned this year, after having been previously cancelled amid the pandemic, and celebrities made dazzling appearances on the red carpet, in keeping with the theme — ‘America: A Lexicon of Fashion’. For some, it was their first, and they made sure they left a mark and made a statement, while also looking their fashionable best.
Among them was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The 31-year-old congresswoman made her debut wearing a “tax the rich” outfit. It was a white strapless gown by Brother Vellies, which featured the slogan on the back in red. She accessorised with a purse which also read “Tax the rich”, and completed the bold look with a pair of red heels.
Next, there was comedian and actor Pete Davidson, who showed up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a dress and blazer from Thom Browne, which was essentially his way of paying homage to his late father, who was a firefighter, and all the 9/11 victims at the 20th anniversary of the event. Reports suggest that Browne specifically designed the Fred Leighton jewellery — which was seen on Davidson — keeping his father and other 9/11 victims in mind.
Lili Reinhart was also among those who understood the assignment. The actor turned up looking striking in a gown, which showcased flowers from all 50 states of the US. The 25-year-old’s Christian Siriano dress, a custom sheer pink flower corseted gown, was a nod to the theme.
Dan Levy’s couture was a powerful statement on the LGBTQ community. The Schitt’s Creek actor arrived in a colourful, JW Anderson and Loewe attire that featured dramatic puffed-up sleeves.
On Instagram, he wrote: “With support from the estate of American multimedia artist and LGBTQIA+ activist, David Wojnarovicz (1954-1992), Jonathan and the design team built upon an image of two men kissing from Wojnarovicz’s work, F*ck You Faggot F*cker, named after a homophobic cartoon the artist had come across. But rather than feed on the message of hate, we wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility – acknowledging how hard artists like Wojnarovicz had to fight, while also presenting the imagery in a way that offered a hopeful message.”
Talking about outfits and messages, Cara Delevingne’s was a pretty straight one. The 29-year-old model’s white bulletproof vest was emblazoned with the phrase “Peg the Patriarchy”. It was designed by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri.
American soccer player Megan Rapinoe was also there, making a statement through her purse that read: “In gay we trust.”
And of course, Amanda Gorman, whose Met Gala 2021 was symbolic of the Statue of Liberty. She wore a Vera Wang outfit and carried, among other things, a book-shaped clutch that had the words “Give us your tired”, the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty, which essentially speaks of diversity and inclusion.