Celebrities Gather for Met Gala to Celebrate American Fashion

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With a theme celebrating American fashion, Hollywood's hottest stars gathered for the annual Met Gala fundraiser.

After being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrities from several industries gathered for the 2021 Met Gala.  

The theme for the event was America: A Lexicon of Fashion, meant to pay tribute to American style, VOGUE reported. The theme allowed attendees to represent their interpretation of American style. 

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The co-chairs of the event were Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka, Timothée Chalamet and Billie Eilish, adding appeal for younger celebrities to attend. They were specifically chosen because they represent the theme of American fashion, Town & Country magazine reported. Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour were honorary chairs.  

Numerous Black celebrities, athletes and style icons attended the event and took social media by storm.  

Rapper Lil Nas X, who just won Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards, showed up to the event in Versace, donning three separate looks.  

Amanda Gorman attended the event in a blue dress designed by Vera Wang.  

Supermodel Iman wore a gold Harris Reed gown with a matching headdress, with many calling her one of the best dressed of the evening.  

Naomi Osaka paid tribute to her Japanese and Haitian heritage in a gown designed by Louis Vuitton.  

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According to Pop Sugar, this year’s Met Gala was a big year for Black designers. Sergio Hudson designed the backless gown worn by Keke Palmer and the red silk suit worn by soccer star Megan Rapinoe. 

Christopher John Rogers designed colorful gowns worn by Jordan Alexander and Eva Chen.  

Jason Rembert was responsible for a custom tulle gown worn by Ilana Glazer.  

Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to Black fashion by bringing three emerging Black designers with him to the event. Theophilio, Kenneth Nicholson and Jason Rembert were invited by Hamilton to attend. He said he realized young brands and designers don’t have the same opportunities as others and he wanted to give them a platform to promote their work.  

Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond wore his brand Pyer Moss to the event.  

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Numerous young athletes, including Olympian Simone Biles, gymnast Nia Jones and track star Sha’Carri Richardson were in attendance.  

Attendees interpreted the theme and used it as an opportunity to make political statements. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez worked with Black designer Aurora James with a message. Her white dress had the message “Tax the Rich” in red on the back. On social media, Ocasio-Cortez said, “The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.”  

Representative Carolyn B. Maloney also rocked a political statement with a dress highlighting the importance of women’s rights and equality.  

Billie Eilish’s political statement was not obvious to the eye, but the singer told designer Oscar de la Renta, she would only wear it if the company went “completely fur-free,” and they did.  

Cara Delevingne wore a fitted top with the phrase “Peg the Patriarchy” as a representation of women empowerment.  

Blogger Nikkie de Jager and actor Daniel Levy paid tributes to the LGBTQ+ community with their attire, Fox News reported. De Jager’s outfit was a tribute to Marsha P. Johnson and Levy’s look featured a portrait of two men kissing.  

Saweetie’s Christian Cowan gown paid tribute to the Black American heritage flag and Filipino flag.  

Other star-studded Met Gala looks from Black celebrities and influencers included Yara Shahidi, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, MJ Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Ciara, Normani and Chloe and Halle Bailey, to name a few.  

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