Met Gala 2021: Celebrities show off lavish outfits in New York

Tuesday - 14/09/2021 11:18
The Met Gala - one of fashion's biggest and starriest events - has rolled out its red carpet in New York for some of the planet's best-known celebrities.


Held to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, the Gala returns after being cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And although its famous guests must follow Covid-19 rules, including wearing masks indoors, that hasn't stopped many going for all-out glamour.

This year's costume theme is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" - and the looks were inspired by everything from the Matrix film franchise to the Statue of Liberty.

The ball was co-hosted by pop star Billie Eilish, tennis player Naomi Osaka, actor Timothée Chalamet and poet Amanda Gorman.
 

Finneas O'Connell in a red suit
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Eilish was accompanied by her brother, Finneas O'Connell, who chose an all-red suit and sequined face covering
 
Timothée Chalamet
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Actor Timothée Chalamet donned a white silk suit by Haider Ackermann - a look described as "formal sweatpants"
 
Naomi Osaka
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Co-host Naomi Osaka showed off a colourful Louis Vuitton dress and elaborate hairstyle - said to be a nod to her Haitian and Japanese heritage
 
Emma Raducanu
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Tennis's newest star, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu, was fresh from winning the US Open just days ago
 
Poet Amanda Gorman in a blue Vera Wang dress
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23-year-old poet Amanda Gorman, who read a work at President Biden's inauguration, was another co-host. She chose her Vera Wang dress and crystal headpiece to channel "a re-imagined Statue of Liberty"
 
Debbie Harry
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Blondie singer Debbie Harry embraced the theme in denim and a voluminous stars-and-stripes skirt
 
Lil Nas X
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Rapper Lil Nas X first served up a regal robe...
 
Lil Nas X
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which he whipped off to reveal a golden suit of Versace armour...
 
Lil Nas X
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...which he shed for a sequined bodysuit
 


One of the most talked-about looks of the night came from the publicity machine that is Kim Kardashian - who covered her face and body in an all-enveloping black outfit.

The custom design was devised by Demna Gvasalia, the creative director of fashion house Balenciaga.

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Kim Kardashian dressed in an all-enveloping black outfit that also covers her face
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Kim Kardashian's look spawned a series of memes on social media
 
Kim Kardashian arrives at the Met Gala
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The entrepreneur was accompanied by a man, believed to be designer Demna Gvasalia, who was also clad in all-black
 


The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams made a statement of a more colourful kind, wearing a star-spangled bodysuit beneath a feather-laden pink cape.
 

Serena Williams
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Serena Williams grabbed attention in a Gucci bodysuit beneath a floor-length feather cape
 
Maisie Williams in a Matrix-inspired dress
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Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams wore a Matrix-inspired dress she designed herself
 
Vogue chief Dame Anna Wintour in a floral Oscar de la Renta dress
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Vogue chief Dame Anna Wintour, who oversees the event, wore an Oscar de la Renta dress in tribute to the late designer
 


Other attendees, meanwhile, brought along props to accompany their outfits.

Without apparent explanation, singer Frank Ocean carried a green robotic baby, while musician Grimes brandished a sword.
 

Frank Ocean carrying his green robotic doll
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Frank Ocean carrying his green robotic doll
 
Grimes
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Grimes brought along a sword to the festivities
 


Among the last to arrive at the Gala was Rihanna - who has stolen the show at past events, with outfits including a Pope-inspired costume in 2018.

The singer and businesswoman turned heads once again as she posed in an all-black Balenciaga overcoat, while her boyfriend, rapper A$AP Rocky, swathed himself in a multicoloured quilt.
 

A$AP Rocky and girlfriend Rihanna
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A$AP Rocky and girlfriend Rihanna arrived fashionably late, sporting contrasting outfits
 


One celebrity who wasn't there was rapper Nicki Minaj, who said she hadn't yet had a Covid vaccine, which was a requirement of entry.

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