There were show-stopping outfits from rapper Lil Nas X, wearing a Versace suit of gold armor and supermodel Iman in a stunning feathered gold and beige headdress and cage skirt as actors, singers, sports stars and social media influencers embraced the theme of "American Independence."
Kim Kardashian, wearing Balenciaga, and her estranged husband Kanye West turned heads by dressing entirely in black, even their faces covered in thick black fabric.
Joining the megawatt celebrities who will take to the steps of Metropolitan Museum in their finest attire on 13th September, will be philanthropist and business tycoon, Sudha Reddy. The wife of billionaire Megha Krishna Reddy will be making her maiden outing at the glamorous soirée and will most likely be the only Indian attending the fanfare this year.
As a supporter of the fine arts and widely known for her charitable disposition, her presence at the 2021 Met Gala comes as no surprise. An avid connoisseur of art and fashion, Sudha Reddy is considered amongst the well-heeled jetsetters of South India and will be making her city proud as she will be the first Hyderabad-based non-film luminary to attend the hotly-anticipated global affair.
In the past Indian celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Isha Ambani, and Natasha Poonawala have graced the event. The exclusive invitation-only guest list is rumoured to include names such as Camila Cabello, Lewis Hamilton, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga Donatella Versace, Naomi Campbell amongst the 400 names this year.
The event will be hosted by two special guests: actor and recording artist Keke Palmer, and actor, writer, and director Ilana Glazer. Dubbed as the "Party Of The Year", the "Super Bowl Of Fashion", and the "Oscars Of The East Coast”, at this year’s scaled-down event the celebrity co-chairs include Naomi Osaka, Billie Eilish, Timothee Chalamet, and Amanda Gorman, while honorary chairs are Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour.
Keeping up with the year's theme ''In America: A Lexicon of Fashion'', South India’s doyenne will don an haute couture look assimilated by ace Indian designer duo and pioneers in the luxury couture space Falguni Shane Peacock who have dressed the likes of Beyonce, Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga.
Inspired by the American Revolution, the metallic gold body-hugging gown with its’ au courant cuts will entail a shimmering 4-meter flared trail which will imbibe a medley of hues borrowed from the American flag and varnished with refined 3D adornments of Swarovski crystals, sequins, and bugle beads.
Chaired by four of the biggest Gen Z stars - actor Timothee Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis champion Naomi Osaka - the so-called Oscars of the East Coast annual fundraiser was intended to highlight young designers and celebrities.
"Dune" star Chalamet sported a white silk suit with black lapels, teamed with white high-top sneakers, while Eilish, 19, shed her trademark baggy clothes for a plunging Oscar de la Renta peach gown she said was inspired by Marilyn Monroe.
The invitation-only Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for New York's MOMA and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibition which this year is titled "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion".
Some guests took the theme more seriously than others. Jennifer Lopez sported a Western black hat over a plunging bronze gown and fur jacket, singer Leon Bridges had a white cowboy hat and fringed suede jacket, Kim Petras wore the model of a horse's head on her bust, "Blondie" singer Debbie Harry picked a gown inspired by the U.S. flag, and "Dear Evan Hansen" star Ben Platt chose denim flares and 1970s platform shoes.
Gorman wore a blue Vera Wang gown and crystal laurel headpiece she said was intended to make her look like a reimagined Statue of Liberty, while red was the choice of multiple celebrities, including model Karlie Kloss, actress Jennifer Hudson and Colombian singer Maluma.
Amid the glamour, some guests highlighted social issues.
Soccer player Megan Rapinoe carried a clutch bag with the words "In gay we trust," while Schitt's Creek actor Dan Levy opted for a bold, puff-sleeved creation featuring an artwork on the front that showed two men kissing.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 31 year-old Democratic Congresswoman from New York, had "Tax the Rich" written in red across the back of her white gown.
"It's time we bring all classes into the conversation about having a fairer country," Ocasio-Cortez said about the slogan.
Like Ocasio-Cortez, many of the celebrities were first-timers at the Met Gala, including YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, Tik Tok star Addison Rae, musician Chance the Rapper, singer Olivia Rodrigo and "Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams.
Last year's Met Gala was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Monday's gathering was about a third smaller than usual with about 300 guests, with proof of vaccination required, though they did not wear masks while posing upon their arrival.
Grimes, the musician girlfriend of Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk, was among the exceptions. She sported a metallic face mask and carried a sword.