We didn’t realize how much we missed the Met Gala red carpet until we were forced to wait more than two years to see how the fashion flock and celebrity set interpret a dress code. (Last year’s gala, scheduled for May, was postponed and later outright canceled because of COVID concerns.)
The official dress code, which always keys into an upcoming Costume Institute exhibition, somehow makes the walk from the limousine and up the stairs into the New York-based museum far more entertaining than it otherwise would be. Who could forget Rihanna as the pope and Jared Leto as Jesus in Gucci for a 2018 dress code of “Sunday Best”? Or Zendaya as a light-up Cinderella for 2019’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion”?
This year’s official dress code is “American Independence,” and it references the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” (which opens Saturday). The co-chairs of this year’s fete are Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka, and honorary chairs are Tom Ford, Anna Wintour and Adam Mosseri.
Rapper Nicki Minaj voiced her vaccine hesitancy in response to the Met Gala’s jab requirement and in doing so opened up a bizarre can of worms.
How did they do Monday? Let’s just say that if you were looking for a distraction (or perhaps palate cleanser) from California’s underway exercise in democracy, you couldn’t have asked for a better dose of all things Americana. Scroll on!
Some of the most memorable looks to come down the red (well, pink, technically) carpet at Monday night’s Met Gala — for which the stated theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion” — had us in a serious quandary as to what was calculated camp, what may have been meta-camp and what could have simply been shoulder-shrugging disdain for the theme.
You would be forgiven if you had mistaken Elle Fanning for Lady Gaga, Mindy Kaling for Donatella Versace or Priyanka Chopra for Effie Trinket while watching the celebrity arrivals at the 2019 Met Gala.
Senior features writer Adam Tschorn writes about a range of style-centric pop-culture topics for the Los Angeles Times. Holding a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in journalism makes him well-qualified to look at something and ask: “Why?”