While some took the theme of the evening—"In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"—quite literally, others turned their ensembles into more of a political, social and personal statement. Here's the meaning behind a few of the most statement-making and eye-catching outfits.
Kim Kardashian West
A possible quixotic reference to her soon-to-be ex-husband Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ album cover, Kim’s faceless, incognito Balenciaga look polarised fashion experts and fans alike. Many take it to suggest that Kim can cover her entire face and still be an iconic and instantly recognizable figure.
The US representative donned a fitted white off-shoulder dress by designers Brother Vellies which featured the words "Tax the rich" in bright red letters across the back. Her look can be considered significant not just in its political statement-making, but also in the context of the event itself.
Lil Nas X
Removing the layers of his 3 custom Versace outfits in a delightfully dramatic Lady Gaga-esque moment, the singer’s message was one of shedding outward appearances and armour to reveal your true self and gender identity, celebrating who you are and being comfortable in your own skin.
Actor and model Cara Delevingne made a literal statement with her outfit, wearing a white bullet-proof vest by Dior emblazoned with the words: "Peg the patriarchy." Cara explained that the meaning behind the phrase is all about female empowerment.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka took inspiration from her Japanese and Haitian heritage for her stunning Met Gala gown, which was co-designed with her sister, Mari in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. "To me American means a mix of all cultures and this dress and this look represents my two backgrounds, American and Japanese," said Naomi on her arrival at the event.
Outfitted in a custom Loewe look crafted by the house's Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, Dan took the 2021 Met Gala theme and used it to help support the estate of late American multimedia artist and LGBTQ+ activist, David Wojnarowicz. His message? To celebrate LGBTQ+ love and resilience.