Met Gala 2021: All the red carpet fashion and celebrity moments

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The Met Gala is back

Welcome! After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Met Gala is back for 2021. Yes, it’s a late start, as the event is typically held on the first Monday in May, but better late than never.

Affectionately known as fashion’s biggest night out, or the Oscars of the fashion world, the 73-year-old annual event, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a fundraiser for a yearly fashion exhibit curated by the Costume Institute. But really, we all know the gala is, more than anything, an excuse for celebrities and designers to let their creativity and imagination rule, delivering the world some truly wild fashion moments. The theme for this year’s event is “American Independence”, so we’re expecting lots of stars and stripes.

The red carpet begins at 7.30am AEST (5.30pm in New York City). Join us as we bring you live coverage of all the red carpet action and analysis from acting fashion editor Damien Woolnough and culture reporter Robert Moran. With many Australians still in lockdown, this may be just what we need on a dreary Tuesday morning. Enjoy the show.

What the COVID-19 edition of the Met Gala looks like

To get into this year’s Met Gala you will have to do more than swipe a QR code at the entry.

A view of the entry to the Met Gala red carpet before kick-off. Credit:AP

All guests must show proof of vaccination and negative COVID-19 test results. Masks must be worn while not posing for photographs on the red carpet, eating or drinking. Good news if that chemical peel hasn’t settled down.

To promote social distancing the guest list has been stripped down to 400 people from its usual 600, making it even more exclusive than usual. All 400 guests are signed off by Anna Wintour, of course.

The best looks from past Met Gala events

Through a sea of sequins, see-through dresses and stunt gowns, these are my top 10 Met Gala looks to stand the test of time, in order of newest to oldest.

The Met Gala isn’t just about fashion…

Of course not, why do you think I’m even here? To me, the Met Gala is about things like that time Beyonce’s sister Solange punched Jay-Z in an elevator at an after-party at the 2014 event, a cultural touchstone that directly led to Beyonce’s Lemonade. See, even if you’re not that excited by the sight of Harry Styles in, like, lace sleeves, the Met Gala matters.

While photos and social media posts from within the party are forbidden (Vogue has an exclusive monopoly on those), some always manage to sneak through. For example, the infamous smoking selfies of 2017 (see: Dakota Johnson, Rami Malek, Ruby Rose, et al.) or Kylie Jenner’s epic bathroom selfie of the same year, which featured half her family, Brie Larson, Puff Daddy, Paris Jackson, R&B recluse Frank Ocean and rapper A$AP Rocky, among others.

Considering A$AP Rocky is now dating Met Gala queen Rihanna, Kylie Jenner is re-pregnant with Travis Scott, and this year’s co-chair Naomi Osaka is with Grammy nominee YBN Cordae, I’m expecting a new bathroom selfie that’s essentially A Great Day in Harlem but with rappers in the Met Gala toilets.

Thanks for the invite – meet the Met Gala chairs

The Met Gala is hosted by a team of co-chairs (Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman) and honorary chairs (Anna Wintour, Tom Ford and Adam Mosseri).

You’ll notice the co-chairs are dripping with Gen Z energy.

And now for a tour of the honorary chairs…

Anna Wintour’s night of nights

Each year, the Met Gala has a theme, ostensibly to coincide with a serious exhibition being unveiled at the venerable museum’s Costume Institute, but mainly to help celebrities such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Rihanna decide what to wear.

Anna Wintour overseeing her domain at The Met Gala in 2019.Credit:AP

After the cancellation of last year’s Met Gala and the departure of President Donald Trump from the oval office (gala chair Anna Wintour disliked the orange one, voting for President Joe Biden) this year’s theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. Translation? The dress code on the invitation says “American Independence”. Cue flag dresses, vintage Halston and plenty of denim.

Wintour shines a light on a select few to act as co-chairs of the annual event, with Call Me By Your Name actor Timothée Chalamet, Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka, singer Billie Eilish and poet pin-up Amanda Gorman sharing the hosting honours today.

Naomi Osaka, Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman, Billie Eilish are co-chairs for the 2021 Met Gala. Credit:AP and Getty

But don’t be fooled by the celebrities showered in camera flashes: the Met Gala belongs to Anna Wintour. The 71-year-old Vogue editor has chaired the event since 1995, taking it from a New York social calendar event to international spectacle. The fact they named the Costume Institute the Anna Wintour Costume Center in 2014 is a solid reminder.

The Met Gala is back

Welcome! After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Met Gala is back for 2021. Yes, it’s a late start, as the event is typically held on the first Monday in May, but better late than never.

Affectionately known as fashion’s biggest night out, or the Oscars of the fashion world, the 73-year-old annual event, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a fundraiser for a yearly fashion exhibit curated by the Costume Institute. But really, we all know the gala is, more than anything, an excuse for celebrities and designers to let their creativity and imagination rule, delivering the world some truly wild fashion moments. The theme for this year’s event is “American Independence”, so we’re expecting lots of stars and stripes.

The red carpet begins at 7.30am AEST (5.30pm in New York City). Join us as we bring you live coverage of all the red carpet action and analysis from acting fashion editor Damien Woolnough and culture reporter Robert Moran. With many Australians still in lockdown, this may be just what we need on a dreary Tuesday morning. Enjoy the show.

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