Met Gala: 13 of the most eye-catching looks

There were so many celebrities on the red carpet at Monday’s Met Gala, you’d think fashion itself was going out of fashion.

Last year, we were robbed of the chance to see extremely beautiful people wearing clothes we could never afford as the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Fortunately, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual display of feathers and flamboyancy was back on form this year, with veterans of the event being pictured alongside plenty of younger stars who were making their gala debut.

The event’s previous themes have included punk, campery, Catholicism and technology, but the Met kept things home-grown for 2021. In America: A Lexicon of Fashion invited guests to celebrate the US, its history and its greatest designers.

The Met Gala is the fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, and sees designers, models, and Hollywood stars gather together to compete for media coverage. The event raises money for the Costume Institute – the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself.

You’ve probably already seen the likes of Lil Nas X, Emma Raducanu and Kim Kardashian grabbing the headlines. So here’s a round-up of some of the other eye-catching looks from the event, and who designed them.

  1. Kim Petras was not horsing around
    Kim Petras walks into a bar, and the barman says ‘Why the long face?’ Except in this slightly painful analogy, he’s actually talking to her dress.

The German pop star wore a light blue Collina Strada gown with a bright floral print and a giant horse’s head jutting out from the top of the gown, as you do.

Petras said she grew up riding horses and wanted to represent “all horse girls and horse humans here today”.

Designer Hillary Taymour, who walked the red carpet with Petras, said: “We could be on the best-dressed list, or the worst-dressed list, but hopefully it’s one of those moments people will reference. ‘Remember that time Kim Petras and I dressed up as horses for the Met gala?'”

It was one of the boldest looks of the night, and presumably put Petras in the frame for the next Godfather sequel.

  1. Simone Biles brought serious star quality
    The gymnast’s dress might look like it was made of feathers, but her showgirl-inspired satin gown actually featured feather-mimicking crystal embroidery.

We get the feeling actual feathers might have at least been a bit lighter.

“How do I feel in the dress? It’s definitely heavy, but I feel beautiful, strong, and empowered,” Biles told Vogue ahead of the Met Gala.

Designed by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area, the three-in-one outfit consisted of a hand-embellished skirt covered in Swarovski crystals weighing more than six stone (around 40kg), a mini dress underneath; and a black catsuit decorated to look like a starry night’s sky.

  1. Dan Levy can give you directions to the station
    Because he turned up with a map of the world helpfully embroidered on to his stunning outfit.

The Schitt’s Creek star worked with Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson to create an oceanic ensemble which he said celebrates “the resilience and the love and the joy” of the LGBT community.

While his on-screen character David Rose would have jumped at the chance to attend a Met Gala, Levy reflected: “I’m a pretty introverted person, and I tend to avoid big parties, so this is really taking a big step out of my comfort zone.”

The intricate strong-shouldered multi-pastel outfit, which features hand embroidery and beading, featured an image of two men kissing inspired by the work of the late artist and Aids activist David Wojnarowicz.

Levy explained: “Jonathan described [the look] as a superhero for the community, and when I put it on, I definitely feel that. And to me, that’s an America that I want to be a part of.”

  1. Camila and Shawn made their Met debut
    Monday’s event marked the first Met Gala for one of the hottest couples in music – Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.

The pair are used to posing affectionately together on red carpets – the night before the gala they appeared at the MTV VMAs, and earlier this month the couple posed at the Miami premiere of Cabello’s new film Cinderella.

The Havana singer wore a purple crop top and skirt from Michael Kors, complete with sequins and feathers.

Not one to break with form, Mendes also opted for a Kors outfit – and looked every inch the 1980s American rock star by going topless underneath a black leather jacket. “I almost tried to get him to take that jacket off down there,” Cabello joked to reporters. “I was like, ‘Take it off! Take it off!'”

Maybe next year.

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