The 2021 Met Gala is currently under way, but the red carpet segment of the night has now come to an end.
Each year, some of the biggest names in Hollywood descend on New York’s Met Museum, teaming up with exclusive fashion houses and couturists to help raise money for the Costume Institute.
While the Met Gala is traditionally held on the first Monday of May, this year’s star-studded event is taking place on September 13 – coinciding with the end of New York Fashion Week.
As has been the case since 1995, Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is presiding over the event, deciding not only who is on the guest list, but also where they sit at the illustrious affair. She and her daughter Bee Shaffer are always first to arrive, to ensure the event runs smoothly and officially kick off the festivities.
Earlier this year, it was announced that actor Timothée Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, tennis star Naomi Osaka and poet Amanda Gorman will be co-hosting the 2021 Met Gala, which, for the first time ever, has been split into two parts owing to the ongoing pandemic.
This year’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” is an homage to American designers. The institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton told Vogue he settled on the concept because “the American fashion community has been supporting us for 75 years […] so I wanted to acknowledge its support, and also to celebrate and reflect upon American fashion.
“I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective.
“I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance.”
Previously, the likes of Rihanna (who, it has been announced, is hosting this year’s after-party), Blake Lively, Harry Styles and Lady Gaga have turned heads with their show-stopping looks, and fashion fans around the world will no doubt have been delighted by what this year’s event had to offer.
Catch up with the Met Gala 2021 red carpet coverage below: