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

Met Gala 2021: Keke Palmer turns up the heat in a racy black glittery gown as she kicks off the red carpet… after the 2020 event got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Keke Palmer, 28, kicked off the glitz and the glamour as she glided down the red carpet in a black glittery gown that showcased her toned back.

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 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday, September 13, 2021

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.

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

At just 19, Billie will make 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.

Striking a pose: Keke Palmer, 28, kicked off the glitz and the glamour as she glided down the red carpet in a black glittery gown that showcased her toned back

‘[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.

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

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

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.

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; 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

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

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

Wow! Gymnast Nia Dennis did a flip along the steps of the Met Gala while sporting a blue jumpsuit

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

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