Met Gala 2021: A Fashion Review

If the past year and a half has taught us anything it has been the art of waiting and rescheduling. We've seen cancellations, reimaginings and postponements, and the annual Met Gala was no exception, with 2021's Met Gala taking place this Monday, instead of the usual first Monday in May.


The Met Gala is one of the most famous and highly anticipated events in the fashion calendar. Each year the red carpet is filled with an abundance of famous faces from the worlds of fashion, acting, music and more. Whilst red carpets throughout the year are followed eagerly, the Met Gala, with its yearly themes and statement garments, always provides some of the standout outfits of the year. This year will be no different, and with the Met Gala 2021 just round the corner, we thought we would revisit some of our favourite outfits from the past few years.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Oscar de la Renta

Rosie Huntington-Whitely always looks effortlessly glamorous and her appearance at the 2019 Met Gala was no different, wearing a custom Oscar de la Renta pearl-studded halter-neck gown with a blush pink ostrich feather cape. The elegant ensemble, with its hours of detailed work, served as a prefect homage to some of the classic gowns of Hollywood's past. The simple, but effortlessly elegant gown paired with the more lavish ostrich feather cape made Huntington-Whitely's outfit one of the star performers of the 2019 Met Gala.

Zendaya, Tommy Hilfiger

Zendaya lived many little girl's dreams at the 2019 Met Gala by arriving dressed as a princess in a custom-made Tommy Hilfiger gown that paid homage to Disney's interpretation of Cinderella. Her arrival on the red carpet was paired with a theatrical appearance by her stylist, Law Roach, who appeared to light-up the star's dress. The detail that went into Zendaya's ensemble is quite phenomenal, the gown's similarity to its animated counterpart, paired with a bag that was equally as accurate in its resemblance to the coach Cinderella rides in to attend the ball. Zendaya's arrival on the red carpet in 2019 was certainly one of the most memorable.

Jourdan Dunn, Diane Vin Furstenberg

Jourdan Dunn certainly embraced the 'heavenly' aspect of the dress code as she opted for an angelic look in all white. Her two-piece ensemble, made predominantly of silk and satin, consisted of a wrap dress with a cathedral train and an open-back cape. The creation by designer Diane von Furstenberg was crisp and luxurious, the pure white ensemble paired with pearl and diamanté jewellery creating a white/silver combo that mirrored the classic representation of angels. The glittering ruff collar with pear beads and diamanté crystals gave that extra bit of glitz to Dunn's look.

Zoë Kravitz, Saint Laurent

Zoë Kravitz's sultry black lace Saint Laurent gown was another hit on the 2018 Met Gala red carpet. The asymmetrical design, wrap style dress with a tie-closure was almost a dress of two halves: on one-side the full sleeve and floor-grazing hem offering a classically elegant look and on the other a risque, more sultry cut. Kravitz's ensemble was completed with a pair of strappy black heels and diamond earrings.

Blake Lively, Versace

Perhaps our favourite Met Gala outfit of all time, Blake Lively's custom Versace gown was absolutely jaw-dropping. Every inch of the gown, from the stunningly embroidered jewel-encrusted golden bodice to the deep ruby red train with golden embroidery, was a work of art. The detail and work that went into the gown is paramount, with over 600 hours of work all done by hand. The long train and rich colours captured everyone's attention on the red carpet, paired with an extravagant headpiece to complete the look. The sheer size of the dress can be exemplified through the fact that the star had to arrive via bus, due to the fact the stunning ruby red train wouldn't fit in a car. Lively's outfit was the epitome of class, elegance and decadence all rolled into one.

Rihanna, Maison Margiela

There is always anticipation around who and what everyone will be wearing at the Met Gala, however one of the attendees who garners the most attention is, undoubtedly, Rihanna. The musician is always amongst the best and most elaborately dressed members of the Met Gala red carpet and 2018, where she was also host, was no exception. Rihanna's outfit most adhered to the dress code for the evening - Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - as she strutted out in a stunning pearl and jewel encrusted robe with matching mini dress and papal mitre. The star's outfit, inspired by papal attire, took over 750 hours to make, which is unsurprising considering the immense and stunning detail of the outfit. Paired with Louboutin heels and jewellery by Cartier, Rihanna was undoubtedly one of the best dressed attendees of the evening.
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