Another year, another showdown. What was 2021’s Met Gala theme? – In American: A Lexicon of Fashion.
The Met Gala is an iconic event that has occurred for decades with the hottest celebrities making their fashion sense and presence known on the red carpet (well, the cream carpet). From the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and more, the value of this event only continues to increase in fashion history.
For this year’s theme, the idea seemed fairly simple to successfully execute due to it being centered around American style. I was expecting to see more of the designers and celebrities pay homage to vintage red carpet looks that only the icons have ever worn. However, a lot of the A-list celebrities decided to completely go outside of that theme or stay within a certain box that was very plain. Despite that, of course, there were some looks that definitely nailed the theme and were jaw droppers. Let’s take a look at some of the best fashion moments of the night.
Yara Shahidi. I have to admit, this was one of my top two favorite looks of the night done by the effortlessly beautiful Yara Shahidi. Not only did she slay her look in a custom strapless Christian Dior gown, but she paid tribute to a very significant woman in U.S. history. Josephine Baker was the inspiration behind Shahidi’s 2021 Met Gala look and she perfectly fit the muse for her. According to harpersbazaar.com., “Honoring Baker’s legacy through a custom Dior gown was a natural choice for Shahidi. The actor was named a Dior global ambassador this year. Previously, she worked with the French house to combine her appreciation of fashion and dedication to activism.”
Iman was definitely a double taking look. She was another one of my top favorite looks of the night and rightfully deserved it because she was absolutely glowing. In a Harris Reed custom made creation, her dramatic silhouette to the aesthetically pleasing accessories have convinced some that she practically stole the entire show of this year’s Met Gala. Reed was inspired by ballroom culture in America’s golden-age for Iman’s debut on the red carpet and definitely gathered all the attention that they wanted.
Kim Kardashian. Although this notorious star is known for showing off her exquisite physique and features, she decided to debut a look that can be considered rare to spot her in. Kardashian’s concealed identity in a stark black Balenciaga haute couture gown had fans shocked at her look. An Instagram user, @taylorwjc, posted a photo of the star from the 2021 Met Gala on his Instagram page with the caption, “I think this is THE BEST look for the night, because Kim and Kanye are the American culture, you don’t even need to see their face, you can recognize that’s them by just looking at their silhouette. Whatever they do, you will hear about it no matter if you care or not. The music and the social media influence and the culture revolution they had on America and the world culture is undeniable.” The creative director of Balenciaga was actually reported to be her fashion accessory, not her ex-hubby, West.
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By Kori Barnes, Senior, University of Nevada, Las Vegas