Representative Carolyn Maloney from New York arrived in a dress with flowing epaulettes bearing the message “Equal Rights for Women” and a matching bag pleading for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
The last time the world hosted a Met Gala was in 2019, and the theme was “Camp: Fashion Notes”.
Aside from a place where children go in the summer, camp – according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – is “a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly overdone and often fuses elements of high culture and culture. popular”.
Unsurprisingly, the Met Gala crowd took this concept in many directions.
Lady Gaga, a well-known camp geek and host of the 2019 Met Gala, donned not one but four different outfits. She arrived in a fuchsia dress with an exaggerated train; took it off to reveal an asymmetrical black dress; removed this to reveal a hot pink bodycon dress; and finally, stripped of a shimmering black bra and panties. All outfits were designed by Brandon Maxwell, a former Ms. Gaga fashion director. As you might expect, the look was also memorized.
Cardi B also jumped into the long cause of the train with a custom feathered red Thom Browne dress circling her (and certainly would have forced social distancing, although we didn’t use that term much at the time).
Jared Leto walked in wearing a realistic model of his own head, a reference to Gucci’s Fall 2018 Milan fashion show, where the models also held copies of their own heads. Billy Porter channeled the Egyptian sun god, Ra, with 10-foot-long wings, a gold helmet, and a catsuit. Katy Perry dressed like a chandelier with a helmet that weighed 40 pounds.
When asked to sit down, she replied, “You don’t sit at the Met. “
Anna Wintour, honorary president of the gala and longtime maestro of the event, made her entrance wearing, she told us earlier this week, “a tribute to my dear friend Oscar de la Renta”, the creator who died in 2014.
Keke Palmer wears a sparkling Sergio Hudson dress with a turtleneck. I’m never crazy about a turtleneck on a dress.
The Brooklyn United marching band, dressed in red, white and blue, walked the red carpet, kicking off with a lot of energy.
I’m still on Timmy Watch to some extent. But yeah, very excited to see what fashion he’s bringing tonight. He never disappoints on the red carpet.
Red carpet streams are live and Timmy Watch 2021 has officially started.
This year, the Met Gala has reduced its guest list by about a third to allow for social distancing (at least during the sit-down dinner portion). Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination, receive a negative Covid-19 test result, and wear masks during the event, except while eating. We’ll have to see if this rule is applied on the red carpet. (Judging from recent New York Fashion Week, celebrities hate having their faces covered when photographers are nearby.)
Met Gala red carpet to begin live streams on vogue.com and magazine Twitter account starting at 5:30 p.m. EST.
E! network will also do its job, with a TV fashion panel commenting on the night’s looks from a studio. (This also starts at 5:30 p.m.) Cable cutters can also stream content on Twitter, eonline.com and E! News app.
To make up for a Met Gala without 2020, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vogue is hosting two Met Galas over the next nine months, both corresponding to American fashion-themed exhibitions. The first is tonight; the second will take place in May 2022.
The dress code for the Monday night gala is “American Independence.” So, get ready for plenty of red carpet looks from American brands, plus maybe starry skirts and statues of Liberty on the red carpet. (No one ever said the interpretation of the dress code was subtle.)
If you want the full rundown of what to expect tonight, read our explainer here. And to learn more about what ‘American Fashion’ means now, read this.