The first Monday in May is here — well, kind of. The annual
Met Gala has been held on the first Monday in May since the museum debuted the iconic Chanel tribute exhibit in 2005, but this year, the event is taking an understandable break from the unwritten rule.
After taking a Covid-required hiatus in 2020 and 2021, the CFDA/
Vogue Fashion Fund and Costume Institute chose to debut the first of two parts of the annual Metropolitan Museum style exhibit in Sept. 2021 instead of waiting until May 2022. So, this year, the Met festivities kicked off with a celebrity-filled gala on Sept. 13.
Hosted by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka, this year’s theme is
In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Not only are the looks inspired by the history of American fashion, but more celebrities than ever before have chosen to wear American designers themselves, instead of gravitating towards those that hail from overseas.
Already, celebs have hit the red carpet in bold looks from designers like Christopher John Rogers and Oscar de la Renta. For all that and more, keep scrolling for the best dressed celebrities at the 2021 Met Gala, as they debut.
Amanda Gorman John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Amanda Gorman showed a bit of leg in a cobalt gown that boasted a massive sheer train and allover subtle embellishment. Featuring more than 3000 hand-sewn crystals, it’s a custom Vera Wang design. She also wears laurels in her hair to represent the Poet Laureate from Jennifer Behr.
Timothée Chalamet John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Timothée Chalamet, one of the co-hosts of the evening, chose a white Haider Ackermann suit with jogger-style pants and high-top Converse sneakers to create a high-low balance to the look. He added some shine with Cartier jewels.
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Keke Palmer wore a long-sleeved sequin T-shirt gown from Sergio Hudson.
Bee Carrozzini John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Bee Carrozzini wore an off-the-shoulder turquoise gown with an empire waist for her baby bump, designed custom by Valentino, and accessorized with a collet-set diamond necklace and diamond and ruby drop earrings.
Anna Wintour Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Host Anna Wintour arrived in a custom Oscar de la Renta, citing the late designer as the first one to bring her in to the Metropolitan Museum fold and paying proper homage to him.
Brooklyn Beckham & Nicola Peltz John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Brooklyn Beckham & Nicola Peltz arrived arm-in-arm, Beckham in a classic black tux with a tie and Peltz in a sheer pink tank dress paired with opera-length satin gloves, both designed by Valentino.
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Dan Levy wore a custom creation from Loewe that is based off of David Wojnarovicz’s art of two men kissing. He accessorized with Cartier jewelry.
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Julia Garner wore a Stella McCartney sleeveless sheer embellished gown with a mock-t neck that she styled with platform silver platform heels that were just barely visible through the open weave of the dress.
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Naomi Osaka’s look was a custom Louis Vuitton creation that was designed by Nicholas Ghesquiere and her very own sister.
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Billie Eilish went ultra-glam in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired gown from Oscar de la Renta and jewelry from Cartier.
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Yara Shahidi wore a custom Dior gown that was embellished from tip to toe and featured a neutral train that trailed behind her and Cartier jewels.
Storm Reid John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Storm Reid wore a bustier top and half-skirted bottom that effortlessly tied around her waist with a pink satin sash designed by Prada. Oh, and she took off the skirt halfway up the carpet!
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Serena Williams chose a white lace jumpsuit that she covered with a pink ombré feathered cape from Gucci.
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Ella Emhoff wore a futuristic bright red look with slouchy pants and a cutout long-sleeve bodysuit on top, designed by Stella McCartney, and jewelry from Cartier.
Jennifer Hudson John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Jennifer Hudson stunned in a bright red AZ Factory gown on her 40th birthday that was designed with a mermaid skirt that fluted out at her ankles.
Kaia Gerber John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Kaia Gerber stepped onto the red carpet for the first time at the Met Gala, wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress that was a replication of the Halston gown that Bianca Jagger wore to the Met Gala in 1981.
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Barbie Ferreira wore a pearl-covered flapper-inspired gown from Jonathan Simkhai for the Met Gala evening.
Iman John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Iman’s Harris Reed gown made of gold feathers made her look like an actual angel on the Met museum steps. She accessorized with jewelry from Fred Leighton and Kwiat.
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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie went for an Old Hollywood theme, with Harrington wearing a custom white Saint Laurent tuxedo and Leslie in a bright yellow tulle gown from Oscar de la Renta.
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Megan Thee Stallion wore an embellished pale pink gown from Coach with an asymmetrical hemline that she said was inspired by Marilyn Monroe.
Tracee Ellis Ross John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Tracee Ellis Ross chose a bright blue satin coat dress from Balenciaga Couture with Tiffany & Co. jewelry
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Addison Rae chose a bright red vintage gown from Tom for for Gucci for the Met Gala.
Karlie Kloss Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Karlie Kloss chose a bright red gown from Carolina Herrera for the Met Gala, making a bold statement with oversized ruffled shoulders and a high-low silhouette.
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Zoey Deutch went for a barely-there beaded gown in pale lavender that gave off some major 1920s-gone-modern vibes.
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Megan Rapinoe went literal with the theme, dressing like the star-spangled banner in a bright red suit with a blue shirt complete with white stars.
Lorde Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Lorde chose a white silk look from Bode that was totally open at the top and featured an up-to-there slit as well. Plus, an insane headpiece!
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Precious Lee wore an Area embellished blazer mini dress that she shared in an interview weighed nearly 100 pounds!
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Mary J. Blige hit the red carpet at the Met Gala in a stunning gold gown with a giant slit up her left side and a naval-grazing neckline designed by Peter Dundas.
Irina Shayk John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Irina Shayk was an optical illusion from Jeremy Scott’s Moschino with a nude bustier gown covered in colorful floral rosettes.
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Taylor Hill looked like a Grecian goddess in a cutout structured pale turquoise chiffon gown.
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Megan Fox showed some skin in a bright red gown with laced-up cutouts down her torso and up her sides from Dundas.
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Imaan Hammam wore an American flag-inspired totally sheer slip dress with cutout stars allover.
Ciara Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Ciara attended in a Peter Dundas gown, who was inspired by Geoffrey Beene, wearing a bright green sequin gown with husband Russell Wilson’s number on her chest (and his Super Bowl ring on her finger!)
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Taraji P. Henson went for a Moschino jumpsuit pants look that was covered in black beading and revealed some skin at her midriff with select cutouts to boot.
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Emily Blunt wore a caped look from Miu Miu that featured a white top and cape with a flapper-style beaded bottom that she finished off with a stellar-inspired headpiece.
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Jasmine Tookes went for a one-shoulder cornflower blue gown with an oversized bow on her chest.
Gabrielle Union Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Gabrielle Union chose an opulent look from Iris van Herpen for the Met Gala that had all eyes on her.
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Rita Ora went glam for the evening, slipping into a two-piece embellished look from Prada with a black silk draped coat on top.
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Sienna Miller went for Old Hollywood Glamour in Gucci, telling
Vogue in an interview that she felt like a Vegas Barbie. Hailey Bieber Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Hailey Bieber went classic for the evening, choosing a strapless black velvet gown from Saint Laurent with an embellished plunging neckline. Her jewelry was designed by Tiffany & Co.
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Jennifer Lopez stunned in a Western-inspired look with embellished brown gown and feathered bolero from Ralph Lauren.
Lupita Nyong’o John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Lupita Nyong’o wore a denim gown from Versace that embodied true American fashion and added some shimmer with jewelry from De Beers.
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Simone Biles wore a velvet bodysuit that was topped with a giant structured silver gown for her Met Gala red carpet walk designed by Area that weighed 88 pounds! She also wore jewelry from Fred Leighton for an added pop.
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Kim Kardashian wore an all-black look—literally—that covered every single inch of her skin, including her face, from Balenciaga’s collection.
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Winnie Harlow chose a printed sheer jumpsuit with an ethereal cape for the Met Gala this year.
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Gigi Hadid chose a white silk strapless gown from Prada that she told
Vogue “celebrates keeping it simple and quality.” Kendall Jenner Theo Wargo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Kendall Jenner stunned in a retro take on the naked gown from Givenchy, wearing a nude bodysuit, totally sheer top layer, and dripping in star-studded embellishment.
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Camila Cabello wore a Studio 54-inspired purple sequin two-piece look from Michael Kors with a matching feather stole.
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Lili Reinhart went for a floral theme with a corseted pale pink mini dress with an allover floral motif that featured a wraparound chiffon layer that flowed into a trail down the back. Her jewelry was from Fred Leighton and Kwiat.
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Cara Delevingne made a statement in all white, wearing a pair of pixie pants and a top that read “Peg the Patriarchy,” designed by Dior.
Hailee Steinfeld Arturo Holmes/MG21/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Hailee Steinfeld looked totally different in all white, including her bleach-blonde hair, wearing a sculptural mini dress on the Met Gala red carpet this year.
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Kate Hudson went for a feminine pink look from Michael Kors, complete with a floor-grazing skirt, matching bralette top, and feathered covering that she draped around her
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Lily-Rose Depp chose pink sequins from Chanel for the evening, slipping into a matching set with a tea-length full skirt and coordinated strapless
Zoe Kravitz John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Zoe Kravitz went for the naked dress trend in a totally sheer Saint Laurent slip dress that had Studio 54 vibes.
Amandla Stenberg John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Amandla Stenberg slipped into a borrowed-from-the-boys look designed by Thom Browne with a bright white corseted top and cropped trousers, complete with a coat that trailed stairs behind her.
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Kristen Stewart went Western, slipping into a pink ruffle blouse and white wide-leg trousers from Chanel for the Met Gala this year.
Carey Mulligan Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Carey Mulligan looked like an actual princess in pink, wearing a gown that boasted a structured strapless bodice and full skirt, topped with a cape to match from Valentino Couture.
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Rihanna was the last arrival at the Met Gala, stunning in all-black, choosing a giant structured Balenciaga cape dress, topped with a Beanie and Thelma West jewelry.