Source: New York Times
It’s that time of the year once again, far removed from the tragedies of the previous year’s cancellation of big events. The Met Gala has made its ceremonious return, bringing along more sights and sounds this time around.
Despite the remnants of the looming global pandemic still managing to affect the event, the Met Gala 2021 went off without a hitch, although due to COVID restrictions, lead organizer and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had to slash the guest list down from 600 to 450.
In the age of the internet, social media influencers came to dazzle on the red carpet, with TikTok and Instagram influencer Addison Rae breaking barriers. YouTuber Emma Chamberlain was also part of the guest list and dazzled millions worldwide with her megawatt dress.
Of course, as per the main course, mainstream Hollywood celebrities continued to wow audiences on the red carpet with their dazzling themed outfits for this year’s Met Gala. This year’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” brought about American independence in its finest form. A variety of big-name celebrities took to the red carpet to express their own takes on the theme.
Kim Kardashian came to the event shrouded with mystery as she donned an all-black Balenciaga outfit that covered her from head to toe. The look included a face covering that had a hole for her long, sleek ponytail, a long T-shirt dress, gloves, leggings, and pointed-toe heels all in black.
Congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outfit, on the other hand, was the sheer opposite of mysterious. In fact, what she wore displayed a hard-hitting statement that sparked a lot of controversies online. The New York democrat’s outfit in question was a white gown with red lettering on the back that read: “Tax the Rich.” Many people called her out on the decision stating that it was a hypocritical statement coming from someone who attended an event where the wealthiest of people gathered.
In her defense, AOC explained that she was invited to the event for free and did not have to pay a single cent. She then went on to say that the event was an incredible opportunity to have “a conversation about Taxing the Rich in front of the very people who lobby against it.”
Breakout model Quannah Chasinghorse also attended the event, taking the world by storm with her meaningful outfit. The 19-year-old Indigenous model provided much-needed representation for Indigenous people by dressing up for the occasion. Quannah is Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota, which means being at the Met Gala alone has allowed her to represent her people in front of the world.
“It was amazing to be able to be there and represent Indigenous people,” said Quannah Chasinghorse. “Before I got to the Met, I was listening to Native music and artists to help me feel more empowered, and I was extremely excited to show the world the beauty of native indigenity.”
Overall, the Met Gala 2021 was a resounding success, marking yet another historic moment for fashion. As “fashion’s biggest night out,” the event has replicated its success through the years for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We hope to see more of the Met Gala in the years to come, showcasing to the world the bright culture and fashion of the diverse American people.