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2021 Met Gala: Red carpet arrivals on fashion’s biggest night


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Fashion is back, America. After a 16-month COVID pandemic hiatus, the Met Gala made its return, on September 13, 2021, with the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

Andrew Bolton, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, told Vogue that it was American designers’ exploration of big ideas — like diversity, sustainability, body inclusivity and gender fluidity — that inspired this year’s dress code.

This year’s event co-chairs are exclusively young celebrities. Actor Timothée Chalamet is the oldest of the bunch, at 25. Chalamet is heading up the benefit with musician Billie Eilish (pictured), poet Amanda Gorman and tennis phenom Naomi Osaka.

Keep scrolling to see some of the memorable looks from this year’s Met Gala.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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The lawmaker attends The 2021 Met Gala.

Her gown, which reads “Tax the rich,” was designed by Brother Vellies.

Amanda Gorman

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Met Gala co-chair and former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman arrives in a royal blue dress.

Naomi Osaka

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Tennis star and Met Gala co-chair Naomi Osaka arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Timothée Chalamet

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Co-chair Timothée Chalamet attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Lil Nas X

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Rapper Lil Nas X makes his grand entrance at the 2021 Met Gala.

A golden reveal

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Under the giant cloak, Lil Nas X wears a gold suit of armor.

Under the armor

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Under the gold armor, he reveals a sparkling bodysuit.

Yara Shahidi

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Actress Yara Shahidi arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Serena Williams

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Tennis star Serena Williams makes her entrance at the 2021 Met Gala.

Megan Thee Stallion

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Rapper Megan Thee Stallion wears pink at the 2021 Met Gala.

Nia Dennis

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Gymnast Nia Dennis, in a royal blue bodysuit, cartwheels into the Met Gala, with the Brooklyn United Marching Band announcing her arrival.

A vision in blue

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Here’s a closer look at Dennis’ look for her entrance.

Brooklyn United Marching Band

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The Brooklyn United Marching Band wears red, white and blue at the 2021 Met Gala, celebrating “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion.”

Nia Dennis returns

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After her high-flying gymnastics performance, Dennis returned to the carpet, this time in a glittering gown.

Chloe and Halle Bailey

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Multitalented sisters and Chloe and Halle Bailey arrive at the 2021 Met Gala.

Stephen and Ayesha Curry

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Basketball star Stephen Curry and his wife, cooking entrepreneur Ayesha Curry, attend the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Iman

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Model and entrepreneur Iman arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Lorde

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Musician Lorde arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Pete Davidson

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Comedian Pete Davidson attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Gabrielle Union

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Actress Gabrielle Union arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Cynthia Erivo

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Actress Cynthia Erivo wears white at the 2021 Met Gala.

Karlie Kloss

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Model Karlie Kloss arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Frank Ocean

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Musician Frank Ocean carries a green baby doll at the 2021 Met Gala.

Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Jennifer Hudson

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Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Grimes

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Grimes wears a mask and carries a sword over her shoulder at the 2021 Met Gala.

Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie

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Actors Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie arrive at the 2021 Met Gala.

Saweetie

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Rapper Saweetie attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Megan Rapinoe

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Evan Mock

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Actor Evan Mock wears a mask at the 2021 Met Gala.

Elliot Page

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Actor Elliot Page arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Emily Blunt

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Actress Emily Blunt wears a star-spangled headdress to the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Megan Fox

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Megan Fox makes her entrance at the 2021 Met Gala.

Kacey Musgraves

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Country music star Kacey Musgraves attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Carolyn B. Maloney

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Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney wears this political statement to the 2021 Met Gala.

The wings of her dress read “Equal rights for women,” and her tambourine says “ERA YES,” in support of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.

Debbie Harry

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Singer Debbie Harry’s skirt is inspired by the American flag.

Taraji P. Henson

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Actress Taraji P. Henson wears sequins at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Jordan Roth

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Theater producer Jordan Roth arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Mary J. Blige

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Singer Mary J. Blige shimmers at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Sophia Roe

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Television host Sophia Roe makes her entrance at the 2021 Met Gala.

MJ Rodriguez

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Actress MJ Rodriguez attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Tracee Ellis Ross

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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross wears blue at the 2021 Met Gala.

Chance the Rapper

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Chance the Rapper attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Channing Tatum

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Actor Channing Tatum wears a black tux to the 2021 Met Gala.

Gemma Chan

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Actress Gemma Chan attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Maisie Williams

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Actress Maisie Williams, of “Game of Thrones” fame, attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Leon Bridges

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Soul singer Leon Bridges wears a cowboy hat and denim fringe to the 2021 Met Gala.

Kim Petras

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German musician Kim Petras attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Alicia Keys

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Musician Alicia Keys attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Claire Danes

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Actress Claire Danes attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Keke Palmer

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Actress Keke Palmer sparkles at the 2021 Met Gala.

Valentina Sampaio

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Model Valentina Sampaio arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Taika Waititi and Rita Ora

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Filmmaker Taika Waititi and singer Rita Ora arrive at the 2021 Met Gala.

Ciara

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Singer Ciara wears this football-inspired number to the 2021 Met Gala.

Kaia Gerber

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Model Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford, arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Kris Jenner

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Kris Jenner attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Finneas

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Musician and record producer Finneas, brother of Billie Eilish, attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Nikkie de Jager

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Makeup artist Nikkie de Jager arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Jordan Alexander

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Actress Jordan Alexander attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Ella Emhoff

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Ella Emhoff, model and stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Addison Rae

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Actress Addison Rae wears red at the 2021 Met Gala.

Madison Beer

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Singer Madison Beer attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Lourdes Leon

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Lourdes Leon, daughter of Madonna, attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Storm Reid

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Actress Storm Reid attends the Met Gala in New York City.

Ilana Glazer

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“Broad City” co-creator Ilana Glazer attends the 2021 met Gala.

Rachel Zegler

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Actress Rachel Zegler makes her entrance at the 2021 Met Gala.

Julia Garner

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Actress Julia Garner attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Barbie Ferreira

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Actress Barbie Ferreira arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Donatella Versace

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Fashion designer Donatella Versace arrives at the 2021 Met Gala.

Dan Levy

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Actor Dan Levy wears this map-covered ensemble to the 2021 Met Gala.

Ben Platt

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Actor and singer Ben Platt attends attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Irina Shayk

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Model Irina Shayk arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Diane von Furstenberg

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Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Julia Carey and James Corden

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Producer Julia Carey and her husband, comedian and television host James Corden, attend the 2021 Met Gala.

Anna Wintour

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Vogue Editor-in-Chief and honorary event chair Anna Wintour wears floral ruffles at the 2021 Met Gala.

Adrien Brody

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Actor Adrien Brody arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Troye Sivan

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Musician and YouTube star Troye Sivan attends the 2021 Met Gala.

Emma Chamberlain

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YouTube personality Emma Chamberlain arrives at the 2021 Met Gala in this asymmetrical number.

Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz

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Model Brooklyn Beckham — son of soccer star David Beckham — and actress Nicola Peltz arrive at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Adam and Monica Mosseri

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Instagram head and honorary chair Adam Mosseri, and his wife, Monica Mosseri, attend the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.

Tom Ford

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Fashion designer and honorary Met Gala chair Tom Ford arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Eva Chen

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Instagram fashion executive Eva Chen attends the 2021 Met Gala.

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