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Met Gala 2021: Made in America

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala returned on Monday after being canceled in 2020 amid the pandemic. This year’s Met Gala theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” centers on American designers. See our gallery featuring Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Grimes and more of the night’s looks

Griffin Lotz Sep 15, 2021

The last celebrities to arrive of the night, Rihanna wore a voluminous ruffled Balenciaga overcoat, while boyfriend ASAP Rocky donned a quilt-inspired ensemble by ERL. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

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Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean decided to pair his three-piece suede Prada suit with a green robot baby. “He’s starstruck, I’m starstruck,” Ocean said of attending the Gala. 

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Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X had a grand total of three red outfit transformations (all custom designed by Donatella Versace) at the Met Gala, removing his gold velvet cape to reveal a full gold suit of armor. He later removed the armor to reveal a sleek gold bedazzled bodysuit. 

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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, wore a custom red AZ Factory gown.

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Grimes

Grimes wore a Dune-inspired silver ensemble, which she paired with a metallic mask. The sword, which is real, was melted down from an automatic weapon, in keeping with the Met Gala’s American theme. 

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Ella Emhoff and Julia Garner

Ella Emhoff (L), the model and niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, wore an adidas by Stella McCartney red mesh bodysuit and matching pants. Actor Julia Garner (R), the star of Netflix’s Ozark, also wore Stella McCartney. 

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ASAP Rocky and Rihanna

The last celebrities to arrive of the night, Rihanna wore a voluminous ruffled Balenciaga overcoat, while boyfriend ASAP Rocky donned a quilt-inspired ensemble by ERL.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen wore matching Chanel leather cowboy ensembles. 

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David Byrne

David Byrne channeled old-school Americana in a powder-blue denim ensemble. 

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Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion wore a bedazzled Coach ballgown, telling Vogue livestream host Keke Palmer she was channeling “Megan Monroe.” 

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Lorde

Lorde’s colorful beaded jacket and skirt and intricate headpiece were designed by Bode, which makes handcrafted clothing.  

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams’ lace bodysuit and elaborate feathered cape were designed by Gucci and inspired by superheroes. 

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Dan Levy

Dan Levy’s vibrant custom Loewe ensemble features an image of two men kissing, adapted from the work of artist and activist David Wojnarovicz. “We wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility — acknowledging how hard artists like Wojnarovicz had to fight, while also presenting the imagery in a way that offered a hopeful message,” he wrote on Instagram. 

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Love it or hate it, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a statement with her “Tax the Rich” dress by Aurora James. 

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Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges arrives for the 2021 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York.

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Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York.

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Saweetie

Saweetie attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. 

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Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. 

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Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. 

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Elliot Page

Elliot Page attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

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Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. 

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Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. 

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Finneas O’Connell

Finneas O’Connell attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. 

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Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. 

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Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry went full Betsy Ross in this wired punk gown from Zac Posen. 

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Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo, the former Disney star who had a surprise Number One single earlier this year with “Drivers License,” wore Saint Laurent. 

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez may have snagged headlines for a masked-up kiss with new (old?) boyfriend Ben Affleck, but she also posed on the steps of the museum wearing a Western-themed chocolate gown from Ralph Lauren. 

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne wore a strappy top (designed by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri) that alluded to a strappy activity. “It’s a bit like, ‘Stick it to the man,’” she said. 

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Kim Petras

German singer Kim Petras went with a little help from designer Collina Strada.

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Zoë Kravitz

High Fidelity star Zoë Kravitz wore a little more clothing than she did on the cover of Rolling Stone, donning a chain mail dress from Saint Laurent.

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Donatella Versace and Maluma

Donatella Versace and Colombian singer Maluma (who said he felt like a “vampire cowboy”) walked the carpet together, both in gilded looks from her fashion house.

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Cordae and Naomi Osaka

Tennis star and Met Gala co-chair Naomi Osaka wore a Louis Vuitton dress inspired by her Hatian and Japanese heratige, while her boyfriend, rapper Cordae, wore a custom Coach trench. 

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Troye Sivan

“Angel Baby” singer Troye Sivan added a Cartier choker and leather arm band to a sleek ALTU dress and Rick Owens platforms. 

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Iman

Supermodel (and David Bowie’s widow) Iman embodied the Gilded Age in an elaborate gown by British designer Harris Reed. 

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Cynthia Erivo

Broadway star Cynthia Erivo wore a simple Jeremy Scott set, paired with diamond-encrusted nails and necklace. 

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Megan Rapinoe

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe took the America theme to heart in red, white, and blue, with a suit from Sergio Hudson, who also dressed Michelle Obama for Joe Biden’s inauguration.  

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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Kit Harington and wife Rose Leslie donned classic Met Gala looks in Saint Laurent and Oscar de la Renta, respectively. 

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Justin and Hailey Bieber

Justin Bieber, who would surprise the crowd with a performance later that night, arrived in a tux from “la maison Drew,” an apparent spin-off of his streetwear brand House of Drew. His wife, Hailey Bieber, went for a classic look from Saint Laurent.  

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Taika Waititi

Kiwi writer and actor Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Reservation Dogs, Jojo Rabbit) mugs for the camera. 

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Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o stunned in a denim and beaded dress from Versace. 

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Chloe and Halle Bailey

Sisters Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey (of Chloe x Halle) repped fellow sister-act Rodarte, a L.A. brand run by Kate and Laura Mulleavy. 

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello (decked out in a royal purple gown from Michael Kors) showed skin as they walked the carpet. 

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Rosalía

Recent VMA-winner Rosalía strutted down the carpet in a red leather fringe frock from Rick Owens. 

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz went for a classic black-and-white look on the carpet. 

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Keke Palmer

Actress-singer, and co-host of Vogue‘s live-stream of the event Keke Palmer glittered on the carpet in Sergio Hudson. 

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CL

For K-pop singer CL, designer Alexander Wang paired an open denim gown with what appear to be a high-fashion take on men’s tighty whities.  

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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu covered up in a black satin look from Thom Browne.

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Simone Biles

Gymnist Simone Biles went full showgirl in a sparkly silver gown from NYC fashion house Area. 

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Kacey Musgraves

Recent divorcée and country star Kacey Musgraves posed solo on the carpet in a two-piece look from Ralph Lauren. 

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian introduced yet another iconic Met Gala look with a full-coverage gown from Balenciaga. 

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Regina King

Oscar-winning actress Regina King went for a pinstripe look from Michael Kors. 

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Lil Uzi Vert

Thom Browne dressed rapper Lil Uzi Vert in his signature ankle-exposing style, but with a new flair.

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Jack Harlow

Rapper Jack Harlow wore velvet Tommy Hilfiger. 

From Rolling Stone U.S.

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