Met Gala 2021: Stars arrive on red carpet for fashion’s big night

Fashion’s biggest night is finally back after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

And the stars made sure to bring in their fashion A-game as they descended upon The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Monday, September 13 for this year’s Met Gala.

Megan Fox, Irina Shayk, Billie Eilish and Saweetie kicked off the glitz and the glamour as they glided down the red carpet in their show-stopping gowns.

Megan wowed in a striking crimson custom Dundas embellished gown that featured lace up details along the chest and sides; she paired the thigh-revealing number with red Jimmy Choo heels and a blunt fringe, adding red lipstick.

Billie Eilish looked like an Old Hollywood star in her custom Oscar de la Renta tulle corset gown with Marilyn Monroe inspired locks. 

The Met Gala is finally back after being cancelled in 2020 amid the pandemic. This year it was pushed to September from its traditional slot on the first Sunday in May.

The theme is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and the event features a heavy-hitting contingent of celebrity co-chairs: actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

Red hot: Megan wowed in the striking crimson gown that featured lace up details along the chest and sides; she paired the thigh-revealing number with red heels and a blunt fringe, adding red lipstick

Red hot: Megan wowed in the striking crimson gown that featured lace up details along the chest and sides; she paired the thigh-revealing number with red heels and a blunt fringe, adding red lipstick

Red hot: Megan wowed in the striking crimson gown that featured lace up details along the chest and sides; she paired the thigh-revealing number with red heels and a blunt fringe, adding red lipstick

Crimson: Emily Ratajkowski donned a Vera Wang lace red dress featuring nude panels and a statement voluminous neckline

Crimson: Emily Ratajkowski donned a Vera Wang lace red dress featuring nude panels and a statement voluminous neckline

The mom of one wore matching gloves

The mom of one wore matching gloves

Crimson: Emily Ratajkowski donned a Vera Wang lace red dress featuring nude panels and a statement voluminous neckline

Va-va-voom: The model's gown had a lengthy floral lace train that cascaded down the Met Gala steps

Va-va-voom: The model's gown had a lengthy floral lace train that cascaded down the Met Gala steps

Va-va-voom: The model’s gown had a lengthy floral lace train that cascaded down the Met Gala steps

Honorary chairs for the evening will be designer Tom Ford, sponsor Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

Queen: Jennifer Lopez showcased her toned legs in a plunging brown embroidered gown with a faux fur shearling coat and a hat; she is in custom Ralph Lauren

Queen: Jennifer Lopez showcased her toned legs in a plunging brown embroidered gown with a faux fur shearling coat and a hat; she is in custom Ralph Lauren

Queen: Jennifer Lopez showcased her toned legs in a plunging brown embroidered gown with a faux fur shearling coat and a hat; she is in custom Ralph Lauren

Legs for days: The 52-year-old singer/actress/dancer arrived back to the states after a trip to the Venice Film Festival with boyfriend Ben Affleck, who appeared to skip the red carpet

Legs for days: The 52-year-old singer/actress/dancer arrived back to the states after a trip to the Venice Film Festival with boyfriend Ben Affleck, who appeared to skip the red carpet

Legs for days: The 52-year-old singer/actress/dancer arrived back to the states after a trip to the Venice Film Festival with boyfriend Ben Affleck, who appeared to skip the red carpet

Closer look: Jennifer wore a leather choker and a Western-style cowboy hat to complete her look, which was on point for the American Icon theme

Closer look: Jennifer wore a leather choker and a Western-style cowboy hat to complete her look, which was on point for the American Icon theme

Closer look: Jennifer wore a leather choker and a Western-style cowboy hat to complete her look, which was on point for the American Icon theme

Dramatic entrance: Kim Kardashian wore head to toe black in a gown and facemask by Balenciaga, a striking difference from her 2019 look

Dramatic entrance: Kim Kardashian wore head to toe black in a gown and facemask by Balenciaga, a striking difference from her 2019 look

Dramatic entrance: Kim Kardashian wore head to toe black in a gown and facemask by Balenciaga, a striking difference from her 2019 look

Dark side: Kim, 40, wore pointed boots for the unforgettable look

Dark side: Kim, 40, wore pointed boots for the unforgettable look

Dark side: Kim, 40, wore pointed boots for the unforgettable look

Fashion first: Kim posed alongside Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia

Fashion first: Kim posed alongside Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia

Fashion first: Kim posed alongside Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia

Gigi Hadid wowed in a black and white strapless gown with tights

Gigi Hadid wowed in a black and white strapless gown with tights

She rocked long red tresses

She rocked long red tresses

Speechless: Gigi Hadid wowed in a black and white strapless gown with tights adding blue eye makeup and her striking red hair pulled slightly back

Details: She added blue eye makeup and her striking red hair pulled slightly back

Details: She added blue eye makeup and her striking red hair pulled slightly back

Details: She added blue eye makeup and her striking red hair pulled slightly back

Timeless: Hailey Bieber donned a sleek black  strapless gown with crystal detailing along the bustline

Timeless: Hailey Bieber donned a sleek black  strapless gown with crystal detailing along the bustline

Timeless: Hailey Bieber donned a sleek black  strapless gown with crystal detailing along the bustline

Mr. and Mrs. Bieber: Hailey was joined by husband Justin Bieber on the carpet

Mr. and Mrs. Bieber: Hailey was joined by husband Justin Bieber on the carpet

Mr. and Mrs. Bieber: Hailey was joined by husband Justin Bieber on the carpet

At just 19, Billie made history as the youngest ever co-chair of the prestigious event.

When the hosts were first announced, Vogue magazine said: ‘Each of the Met’s four co-hosts embodies the defining factor of American style: individualism.

Princess moment: Met Gala Co-chair Billie Eilish looked absolutely beautiful in a peach corset gown with Marilyn Monroe inspired tresses

Princess moment: Met Gala Co-chair Billie Eilish looked absolutely beautiful in a peach corset gown with Marilyn Monroe inspired tresses

Princess moment: Met Gala Co-chair Billie Eilish looked absolutely beautiful in a peach corset gown with Marilyn Monroe inspired tresses

Dazzling: The singer wore an array of diamond rings and bracelets

Dazzling: The singer wore an array of diamond rings and bracelets

A moment: The Happier Than Ever artist stunned in the lace number, which had a ball skirt and long train

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The singer exuded elegance in an Oscar de la Renta gown as she walked up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her breathtaking dress is crafted from layers of peach-coloured tulle, with an off-the-shoulder neckline, corseted bodice and dramatic train. Talk about making a statement!

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Flower power: Irina Shayk donned a sheer floral gown that featured 3-D flowers all over

Flower power: Irina Shayk donned a sheer floral gown that featured 3-D flowers all over

Flower power: Irina Shayk donned a sheer floral gown that featured 3-D flowers all over

Sheer: The see-through number had a corset top and a thigh high split; posing with designer Jeremy Scott

Sheer: The see-through number had a corset top and a thigh high split; posing with designer Jeremy Scott

Sheer: The see-through number had a corset top and a thigh high split; posing with designer Jeremy Scott

Saweetoe

Saweetoe

Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor

Ab-solutely stunning: Singers Saweetie (L) and Teyana Taylor (R) flashed their rock hard midsection in revealing gowns

‘[They have each] developed a distinct visual language for their public personas, one that is informed by the legacy of iconic fashion made in the USA.’

The must-have accessory for all at this year’s gala is a Covid-19 vaccine.  

‘Currently, all attendees at The Met Gala on September 13 must provide proof of full vaccination and will also be expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking,’ a spokesperson for The Met said last month. 

This year’s gala will be a more intimate affair, to be followed by a larger one on May 2, 2022. Both will launch a two-part exhibition, a survey of American fashion to be on view for almost a year.

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opening Sept. 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the museum´s Costume Institute and ‘explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,’ the spokesperson added. 

Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will open in the museum’s popular American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022, and will explore American fashion, with collaborations with film directors, by ‘presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces.’ Both parts will close on Sept. 5, 2022.

Queen & Slim filmmaker Melina Matsoukas has been commissioned to create an open-ended film to project in the galleries, with content changing during the course of the exhibition.

Royal arrival: Yara Shahidi, who is half Persian, looked like a goddess as she arrived in a taupe embroidered custom Dior gown with matching sleeves, complete with a veil; she is in custom Dior inspired by Josephine Baker

Royal arrival: Yara Shahidi, who is half Persian, looked like a goddess as she arrived in a taupe embroidered custom Dior gown with matching sleeves, complete with a veil; she is in custom Dior inspired by Josephine Baker

Royal arrival: Yara Shahidi (L), who is half Persian, looked like a goddess as she arrived in a taupe embroidered custom Dior gown with matching sleeves, complete with a veil; Emily Blunt (R) chose a sheer silver and white Grecian inspired gown with an intricate head piece

Cheeky: The gown had chain detailing that featured tiny YSL logos

Cheeky: The gown had chain detailing that featured tiny YSL logos

Cheeky: The gown had chain detailing that featured tiny YSL logos

Zoe showcased her incredible body in a see-through frock with a crystal thong and bikini top

Zoe showcased her incredible body in a see-through frock with a crystal thong and bikini top

The stunner added black heels with her hair pulled back

The stunner added black heels with her hair pulled back

Shimmering: Zoe showcased her incredible body in a see-through frock with a crystal thong and bikini top

Shimmering: Chloe Bailey wore a silky white gown with a dramatic cape

Shimmering: Chloe Bailey wore a silky white gown with a dramatic cape

Shimmering: Chloe Bailey wore a silky white gown with a dramatic cape

Fashion date night: Serena Williams donned a feathered black, pink and white jacket with a silver lace jumpsuit for the Met Gala; she arrived with her husband Alexis Ohanian

Fashion date night: Serena Williams donned a feathered black, pink and white jacket with a silver lace jumpsuit for the Met Gala; she arrived with her husband Alexis Ohanian

Fashion date night: Serena Williams donned a feathered black, pink and white jacket with a silver lace jumpsuit for the Met Gala; she arrived with her husband Alexis Ohanian

Hot pink! Model Karen Elson donned a silver and pink dress that featured a long train

Hot pink! Model Karen Elson donned a silver and pink dress that featured a long train

Hot pink! Model Karen Elson donned a silver and pink dress that featured a long train

Style: Lourdes Leon, the daughter of Madonna, wore a jeweled hot pink skirt

Style: Lourdes Leon, the daughter of Madonna, wore a jeweled hot pink skirt

with a criss-cross top, opting for Cher inspired long hair for a seventies style look

with a criss-cross top, opting for Cher inspired long hair for a seventies style look

Style: Lourdes Leon, the daughter of Madonna, wore a jeweled hot pink skirt with a criss-cross top, opting for Cher inspired long hair for a seventies style look

Sweet moment: Brooklyn Beckham and fiancee Nicola Peltz shared a PDA moment on the carpet

Sweet moment: Brooklyn Beckham and fiancee Nicola Peltz shared a PDA moment on the carpet

Lovebirds: Nicola wowed in a hot pink sheer patterned gown and elegant blush colored gloves

Lovebirds: Nicola wowed in a hot pink sheer patterned gown and elegant blush colored gloves

Sweet moment: Brooklyn Beckham and fiancee Nicola Peltz shared a PDA moment on the carpet

Dazzling: Amanda Gorman, a poet and activist - and Met Gala co-chair - chose an electric blue glittering gown with a crystal leaf headband

Dazzling: Amanda Gorman, a poet and activist - and Met Gala co-chair - chose an electric blue glittering gown with a crystal leaf headband

Dazzling: Amanda Gorman, a poet and activist – and Met Gala co-chair – chose an electric blue glittering gown with a crystal leaf headband

Cic: Kaia Gerber wore a black ball gown with a cut-out bodice, revealing a hint of her cleavage

Cic: Kaia Gerber wore a black ball gown with a cut-out bodice, revealing a hint of her cleavage

Model: The 20-year-old  wore her short brunette hair in Veronica Lake-style curls

Model: The 20-year-old  wore her short brunette hair in Veronica Lake-style curls

Cic: Kaia Gerber wore a black faille gown with a cut-out bodice and ivy vine embroidered detail, revealing a hint of her cleavage; she is wearing custom Oscar de la Renta

Striking: The model, who is the daughter of icon Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber, kept her makeup minimal

Striking: The model, who is the daughter of icon Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber, kept her makeup minimal

Striking: The model, who is the daughter of icon Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber, kept her makeup minimal

A goddess: Keke Palmer exuded glamor in a glittery black dress that featured a low back, revealing her sculpted frame

A goddess: Keke Palmer exuded glamor in a glittery black dress that featured a low back, revealing her sculpted frame

Glittering: She paired the floor-length number with smokey eye makeup

Glittering: She paired the floor-length number with smokey eye makeup

A goddess: Keke Palmer exuded glamor in a glittery black dress that featured a low back, revealing her sculpted frame, as she kicked off this year’s Met Gala

The gala is a major fundraiser, providing the Costume Institute with its primary source of funding.

As always, the exhibits will be the work of star curator Andrew Bolton. Bolton has previously noted how challenging the past year had been for the fashion community.

‘It’s been incredibly inspiring to see how designers have responded to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, how they’ve found new outlets to express their creativity and new ways to present their collections,’ he said.

Bolton added that many designers had been at the vanguard of the discussion about diversity and inclusion: ‘The social justice movements of last summer reinforced their commitment to these issues and also consolidated their leadership in advancing the conversation.’

In addition to Matsoukas, other confirmed collaborators from the film world include cinematographer Bradford Young, whose projects have included ‘Selma’ and ‘When They See Us;’ production designers Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino; and Franklin Leonard, film executive and founder of The Black List, a listing of top unproduced screenplays.

Here she is! Anna Wintour, US Vogue's Editor-In-Chief and Met Gala chairwoman arrived in a patterned floral number with a mermaid style hem

Here she is! Anna Wintour, US Vogue's Editor-In-Chief and Met Gala chairwoman arrived in a patterned floral number with a mermaid style hem

Blooming: Anna's pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer donned a teal gown with her baby bump on display

Blooming: Anna's pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer donned a teal gown with her baby bump on display

Here she is! Anna Wintour, US Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief and Met Gala chairwoman arrived in a patterned floral number with a mermaid style hem; Anna’s pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer donned a teal gown with her baby bump on display

Bold: Eva Chen, Instagram's director of fashion partnerships, stood out in a neon patterned frock with checkered gloves

Bold: Eva Chen, Instagram's director of fashion partnerships, stood out in a neon patterned frock with checkered gloves

Bold: Eva Chen, Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships, stood out in a neon patterned frock with checkered gloves

Statement: Broad City actress Ilana Glazer arrived in a feathered patterned frock; the star welcomed her first child with husband David Rooklin in July

Statement: Broad City actress Ilana Glazer arrived in a feathered patterned frock; the star welcomed her first child with husband David Rooklin in July

Statement: Broad City actress Ilana Glazer arrived in a feathered patterned frock; the star welcomed her first child with husband David Rooklin in July

Handsome: Timothee Chalamet cut a dapper figure in a white jacket but paired it with sweats-style bottoms and Converse sneakers

Handsome: Timothee Chalamet cut a dapper figure in a white jacket but paired it with sweats-style bottoms and Converse sneakers

Looking good: The good-looking actor, 25, added diamond brooches to his stylish ensemble

Looking good: The good-looking actor, 25, added diamond brooches to his stylish ensemble

Handsome: Timothee Chalamet cut a dapper figure in a white jacket but paired it with sweats-style bottoms and Converse sneakers

Sharp: Fashion designer Tom Ford, who is an honorary chair for this year's Gala, looked good in his tailored suit with a velvet jacket, adding sunglasses

Sharp: Fashion designer Tom Ford, who is an honorary chair for this year's Gala, looked good in his tailored suit with a velvet jacket, adding sunglasses

Sharp: Fashion designer Tom Ford, who is an honorary chair for this year’s Gala, looked good in his tailored suit with a velvet jacket, adding sunglasses

Unique: Actor Dan Levy donned a look that featured maps of the United States, which was on point for this year's theme

Unique: Actor Dan Levy donned a look that featured maps of the United States, which was on point for this year's theme

Unique: Actor Dan Levy donned a look that featured maps of the United States, which was on point for this year’s theme

Millennials: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain also got an invite to the event, arriving in a cut-out gold and silver frock

Millennials: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain also got an invite to the event, arriving in a cut-out gold and silver frock

Millennials: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain also got an invite to the event, arriving in a cut-out gold and silver frock

Incredible: DailyMailTV's Alicia Quarles looked stunning in a purple Pamela Rowland gown with shoes by Dior for the biggest night in fashion

Incredible: DailyMailTV's Alicia Quarles looked stunning in a purple Pamela Rowland gown with shoes by Dior for the biggest night in fashion

 Incredible: DailyMailTV’s Alicia Quarles looked stunning in a purple Pamela Rowland gown with shoes by Dior for the biggest night in fashion

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