Some of pop culture’s most famous faces visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the night of September 13th to celebrate the fashion industry’s most important party of the year, the annual Met Gala. If you don’t know what the Met Gala is, it is an event known for its lineup of many of pop culture’s most well known celebrities who are all dressed in luxurious designer outfits which are specifically designed for the event. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the costume institute which is the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself. Due to COVID, the event could not take place in 2020 like it was supposed to.
Each year, the gala has a different theme. This year, the theme has been divided into two parts because of the cancellation of the event in 2020. The first theme is called ''In America: A Lexicon of Fashion '', and the second is called '' In America: Anthology of Fashion'', which will happen in May of 2022. The idea surrounding these themes is to show off the work of American designers. With over 100 people presenting their outfits on the red carpet, this is a small list of the most memorable looks from this year's Met Gala: Barbie Ferreria, Dan Levy, Rihanna, Kim Petras, Olivia Rodrigo, Nikkie de Jager, Emma Chamberlain, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Kim Kardashian, and Iman. Olivia Rodrigo (who suddenly gained a lot of fame this past year due to her first ever single, Drivers License), attended the Met gala and it was her first time experiencing the event. She wore a gorgeous black catsuit from Saint Lauren. There were also many iconic events that took place during the evening, one of them being when Frank Ocean brought a ghoulish robotic baby who accompanied him during the gala. This year, the connection between a slime-hued baby and the gala’s America theme isn’t yet clear but of course, the theorizing has already started: a shrek reference, a return to dadcore, or just this season's hottest accessory. Overall, the 2021 Met Gala was a huge success.