Iconic American Style Reigned Supreme at the 2021 Met Gala

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All the looks you need to see from this year’s ball.

By
Ivy Tang

Date September 13, 2021

After a year hiatus, the fashion world’s “Oscars” have finally arrived, and boy were they worth the wait.

From Lil Nas X’s transformation into a golden suit of armour to Billie Eilish’s nostalgic ode to Holiday Barbie, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour got exactly what she wished for on the Met Gala 2021 red carpet. “I’m so grateful for the effort people make and how much fun they seem to have and how fearless they are on the Met Gala carpet,” Wintour declared on the Vogue.com livestream. “It’s a beacon call for individuality.”

This year’s evening, co-chaired by Amanda Gorman, Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish and Naomi Osaka, celebrates the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” The patriotic theme came through in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways. On the far end of the spectrum, Gorman worked with Vera Wang on a look inspired by the Statue of Liberty, including a handbag that read, “Give us your tired.” Congresswoman Amanda Ocasio Cortez followed suit wearing a white gown with the message “Tax the Rich” on the back by Canadian Aurora James of Brother Vellies. Other guests on the Met Gala 2021 red carpet took a less obvious approach such as JLo’s modern cowgirl couture by Ralph Lauren and Lorde’s embellished Bode ensemble.

But American fashion wasn’t all that was celebrated with plenty of Dior, Valentino and Versace in the air. And Canadian fashion got an unexpected shout out when a commentator asked Grimes, who was poured into a gown by Holland’s Iris Von Herpen, why she had left Canadian fashion behind. “I’ll always be a part of Canadian fashion because Canadian fashion is sick,” she shot back.

Scroll through the Met Gala 2021 red carpet gallery for the most memorable appearances.

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Ilana Glazer in Aliette and Irene Neuwirth

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Keke Palmer in Sergio Hudson and Chopard

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Emma Chamberlain in Louis Vuitton

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Anna Wintour in Oscar de la Renta

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Eva Chan in Christopher John Rogers

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Timothée Chalamet in Haider Ackermann and Rick Owens

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Amanda Gorman in Vera Wang and Chopard

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Dan Levy in custom Loewe and Cartier

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Bilie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta

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Finneas in Givenchy and Cartier

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Channing Tatum in Versace

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Yara Shahidi in Christian Dior

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Naomi Osaka in Louis Vuitton

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Maisie Williams in bespoke Reuben Selby

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Adrien Brody and Georgina Chapman

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Rebecca Hall in Louis Vuitton

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Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz in Versace

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Barbie Ferreira in Jonathan Simkhai

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Saweetie in Christian Cowan

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Troye Sivan in Altu and Cartier

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Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

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Jennifer Hudson in AZ Factory

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Grimes in Iris Van Harpen

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Iman in Gucci and Harris Reed

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Megan Thee Stallion in Coach

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Kaia Gerber in Oscar de la Renta and Omega

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Debbie Harry in Zac Posen

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Ella Emhoff in adidas by Stella McCartney

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Jeremy O. Harris in Tommy Hilfiger

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Elliot Page in Balenciaga

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Donatella Versace and Maluma in Versace

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Pete Davidson in Thom Browne

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Julia Garner in Stella McCartney

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Cynthia Erivo in Moschino

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Addison Rae in vintage Gucci by Tom Ford

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Stephen and Ayesha Curry in Versace

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Karlie Kloss in Carolina Herrera and Christian Louboutin

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Kit Harrington in custom Saint Laurent, Leslie Grace in Oscar de la Renta

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Kim Petras in Collina Strada

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Justin Bieber in La Maison Drew, Hailey Bieber in Saint Laurent and Tiffany & Co.

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Eiza Gonzalez in Versace and Bulgari

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Kristen Stewart in Chanel

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Tracee Ellis Ross in Balenciaga FW21 Haute Couture and Tiffany & Co.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Versace

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Kacey Musgraves in Ralph Lauren

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Imaan Hammam in Versace Spring 2002 and Tiffany & Co.

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Chloe Fineman in Tory Burch

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Kendall Jenner in Givenchy

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Shawn Mendes in Michael Kors

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Emily Ratajkowski in Vera Wang

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Anja Rubik in Saint Laurent

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Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent

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Regina King in Michael Kors

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Winnie Harlow in Iris Van Harpen

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Margaret Qualley in Chanel

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Carey Mulligan in Valentino

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Alicia Keys in custom AZ Factory and Van Cleef & Arpels, Swizz Beatz in Dior

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Laura Harrier in Altuzarra and Tiffany & Co.

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Megan Rapinoe in Sergio Hudson

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Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams in Chanel

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Natalia Bryant in Conner Ives

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Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren and Bulgari

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A$SAP Rocky in ERL, Rihanna in Balenciaga Haute Couture and Bulgari

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Hunter Schafer in Prada and Evangeline AdaLioryn

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Jack Harlow in Tommy Hilfiger

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in Tom Ford

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Alton Mason in Theophilio

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Taika Waititi and Rita Ora in Prada

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Julia Carey and James Corden in custom Gucci

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Emma Raducanu in Chanel and Tiffany & Co.

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Kerby Jean-Raymond in Pyer Moss

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Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga