In America: A Lexicon in Fashion

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The location of the Met Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art

What is the Met Gala, and why is it so prominent in the fashion industry? The Met Gala, also known as The Costume Institute Gala, is a fundraising event that runs annually on the first Monday of May to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume exhibition. Only the top celebrities of separate niches get invited each year. Some celebrities invited this year include Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Olivia Rodrigo, Hailey Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Lily Rose Depp, and many more. Some even say it is the Oscars of fashion or even “fashion’s biggest night out,” according to Vogue. The Met Gala has lots of meaning behind it, and this year’s Met Gala had many special outfits. 

The Met Gala was first introduced in 1948. Two women, Irene Lewisohn and Aline Bernstein, planned this big event. It was set to show varieties of fashion collections. The first Met Gala was not even held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were held at venues such as The Waldorf Astoria and Central Park. Throughout the course of the years, the Met developed some rules. Guests were restricted from using social media, but in 2016, there was a portrait studio made where guests could take pictures. In 2018, a rule was made that any minors under the age of 18 were not permitted to come to this event. Although mostly A-list top celebrities were invited, the Met Gala started to invite smaller influencers like Liza Koshy, Lilly Singh, and this year, Emma Chamberlain.

The 2021 theme of the Met Gala was “In America: A Lexicon in Fashion.” This theme was meant to highlight American designers and all valuable events that have taken place during this pandemic. Each and every person in this event wore an outfit with a valuable meaning behind it. Lili Reinhart, an actress known for the show Riverdale, was seen wearing a Cristiano Siriano with many real flowers sewn on. Her dress featured each official flower of all fifty states. Next, Kendall Jenner, mostly known for modeling, wore a stunning Givenchy gown adorned with rhinestones, trying to modernize Audrey Hepburn. Next, model Gigi Hadid came to this event wearing a sleek monochrome Prada gown with black leather gloves and tights, along with being in a fiery, red high ponytail. She says, “I feel like tonight I’m showing her [Khai, her daughter] what it means to dress up and own it and have balance.” Her dress was considered to be paying homage to how beautiful things American designers are capable of and also the past first ladies of the United States. Another highlight of the red carpet that night was influencer and Youtuber Emma Chamberlain. Although being her first Met Gala, she completely has been a spotlight in the event. She partnered with Louis Vuitton, and she wore a cutout top with a mini skirt for her to wear, all embellished with gold studs. Her hair was slightly curled on the bottom while she had a smoky eye look. 

In conclusion, the Met Gala is an exciting, significant event with lots of history behind it.