The Met Gala has been synonymous with outrageous fashion that often makes a broader statement about inclusion – and, for attendees Dan Levy and Nikkie de Jager, this year was no exception.
Levy, one of the first stars to appear on the red carpet on Monday night, wore an outfit custom-designed by Spanish fashion house Loewe that featured puffed sleeves and an engraving of two kissing men on the front. He accessorized the look with jewelry from Cartier.
The co-creator and star of “Schitt’s Creek” said he and designer Jonathan Anderson wanted the colorful set to “celebrate queer love and visibility.” The image itself is “Fuck You Fagot Fucker” by artist David Wojnarovicz, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1992.
Wojnarovicz used old maps to create “Fuck You Fagot Fucker” in 1984, and named the now iconic piece after a homophobic cartoon he found on the street. As for Levy and Anderson, the couple wanted to present the work instead “in a way that offered a message of hope.”
“Tonight we celebrate the resilience, love and joy of the community while honoring a crucial American voice that was taken from us too soon,” Levy wrote on Instagram on Monday, adding that Loewe had also contributed to Visual AIDS , an HIV / AIDS advocacy organization that Wojnarovicz supported during his lifetime.
As for de Jager, the makeup artist and YouTube personality wore a teal maxi dress by Edwin Oudshoorn Couture, as well as a floral headdress.
The look, she explained, was a tribute to Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender activist and prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising in 1969.
An ornate belt at the bottom of the skirt read “Pay no attention,” which was Johnson’s answer to questions about her gender.
“I knew I wanted to pay tribute to a trans icon who was at the forefront of the Stonewall riots,” de Jager, who is transgender, wrote on Instagram. “Marsha P. Johnson paved the way for so many of us, and I hope I made my community proud tonight. “
Johnson died in 1992 at the age of 46 under mysterious circumstances. His body was found in the Hudson River in New York City. Although the police initially said that she had committed suicide, the cause of her death was later changed to “undetermined”.
Earlier Monday, de Jager laid a bouquet of flowers where Johnson’s body was found.
Levy and de Jager were among many LGBTQ stars to appear at the 2021 Met Gala, which celebrated the Costume Institute’s new exhibit, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”
Among those who also turned heads were Cara Delevingne, who wore a Dior bulletproof vest emblazoned with the phrase “Peg the Patriarchy”, and Lil Nas X, who was styled by Hodo Musa and opted for no. not one, not two, but three breathtaking looks.
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