2021 Met Gala


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Priscilla Solorio, Writer

The Met Gala is a fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum Of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City organized by Vogue. The event usually takes place on the first Monday of May, although due to Covid-19 this year was moved to September 15th. The people who are invited to attend the event consist of any “It” Celebrity chosen by a team at Vogue, people who donate a lot of time and money to The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, and Sponsors. Each invite is then approved by American Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. 

Every year the Met has a theme that the guests and designers are to accommodate to. In 2017, the theme was Art of the In-Between, and in 2018 Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, 2019 Camp: Notes on Fashion and 2021 In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. 

This year’s theme was looked at in many ways, a great example being one of this year’s co-chairs Billie Eilish’s Holiday Barbie inspired gown designed by Oscar de la Renta, and Lupita Nyong’o’s classic denim dress designed by Donatella Versace. 

Vogue streams the red carpet so fans can tune in and watch their favorite arrive, and possibly be interviewed. As they are walking in, social media is tweeting, posting videos, and talking about all the looks being worn.

A look that really sparked some controversy was Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s white dress with red lettering on the back stating, “Tax The Rich,” designed by Aurora James. Many people had lots to say about it some saying it was a bold and brave move wearing a dress with such a strong statement to an event with A-List celebrities and other claiming it was “Performative activism,” and nothing but hypocritical to wear a dress stating to “Tax The Rich” at Gala that can cost 30,000 dollars to attend when not accompanied top designer. 

Although Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was not the only guest who left social media with lots to say later that night, Kim Kardashian arrived covered head to toe black in a Balenciaga bodysuit covering her face. Some said it was an absolute disappointment and that it did not match the theme at all, but others thought Demna Gvasalia the designer, did an amazing job and knew exactly what he was doing when making it.

Apart from the dresses, the gowns, and all the other looks, one thing that has kept people talking about the Met up to two months in advance was the guest list. 

For the first year in 2019, influencers and content creators were invited to the Met. Those influencers being James Charles, Liza Koshy, and Lilly Singh, which many people were not happy about. This year, many people posted their predictions for what influencers and content creators would be invited this year. Most people’s predictions were mostly the same. 

On the night of the event, we watched Emma Chamberlain wearing Louis Vuitton, Addison Rae wearing Tom Ford for Gucci archive, Dixie D’amelio wearing Valentino. Madison beer, Jackie Anina, Eugene Lee Yang, and Nikkie Tutorials all arrived. This angered many people, them saying that influencers are not celebrities and should not be invited to these events. Might as well just invite anyone at this point or even it looks like they’re going to prom. Despite all the controversy, none of the guests have yet to comment on what the media had to say.