The return of the Met Gala

TRL’s Libby Johnson reviews the fashion at the 2021 Met Gala


Ryann Daugherty

TRL’s Libby Johnson says that, “the Met Gala was full of eye catching and showstopping looks that made the wait worthwhile.”

On Sept. 13,  the Met Gala was attended by hundreds of celebrities for the first time in two years. The Met Gala, or Met Ball, is often referred to as the Oscars of the fashion world. The event, which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was co-chaired by Naiomi Osaka, Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, and Amanda Gorman. The theme of the night was inspired by American Fashion, and celebrity guests served looks according to the theme.

Although it was difficult to choose, my favorite look of the night was probably Gabrielle Union’s. The actress wore a color-changing sparkling sculptural dress designed by Iris van Herper. The dress took 1,400 hours to create. Parts of the dress were structured and flared, but other parts were fitted and almost scaly. Although, I can’t give the dress full points because it didn’t stay true to the theme of American Fashion.

Among my other favorites were Kendall Jenner’s and Lil Nas X’s. Jenner wore a transparent, shimmering Givenchy gown, which paid homage to Audrey Hepburn. I loved her jeweled dress because it had originality, while sticking to the theme. Lil Nas X walked the carpet in three different gold looks, beginning with a velvet broad cape that encompassed his whole body. The cape was pulled off to reveal reflective gold armor, and then finally, a fitted, jeweled, patterned catsuit. I loved this because of the spectacle this caused and the symbolism of him taking off his layers.

Other noteworthy looks worn include Lupita Nyong’o’ and Timothee Chalamet’s. Lupita’s Versace denim gown was one of my favorites because of how surprisingly glamorous it was and how the sparkle combined with the denim fabric. Timothee Chalamet wore an all white outfit, which included a Haider Ackerman blazer, sweatpants, and white high-top Converse Chucks. While it wasn’t my favorite, I like how it was original and true to the theme.

My least favorites were Kim Kardashian’s and Dan Levy’s outfits. Kim K walked the red carpet in an all-black, faceless, form-fitting tunic, pants and head covering. Her look was bizarre and unflattering. I loved the pro-LGBTQ statement of Levy’s puff-sleeved top, but I thought that the ensemble lacked connectedness and vision.

Overall, the Met Gala was full of eye catching and showstopping looks that made the wait worthwhile. After being postponed in 2020 and delayed this year because of COVID-19, celebrities brought full glam and fashion back with emphasis.