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The 2021 Met Gala: An Homage to Old Hollywood Glamour

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

By Anaka Bretzke

For the first time, after a year of sitting on the couch in sweatpants, everyone’s favorite celebrities made their big red-carpet return for this year’s Met Gala.

After the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to COVID, the charity gala took an almost two year hiatus. This time around, instead of happening the first Monday in May, the ceremony was held on September 13, wrapping up New York fashion week.

This year’s hosts included Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman, putting a focus on powerful members of Gen Z.

A-list guests were glammed-out in looks embodying the theme of “In America, A Lexicon of Fashion,” celebrating American fashion.

Many celebrities and influential faces arrived dressed in political statements, American fashion designers and modern American glam. However, one recurring concept of the night was an homage to old Hollywood glamour.

Here are some of the most memorable old Hollywood-inspired looks from fashion’s biggest night!

Billie Eilish

In a Marilyn Monroe meets holiday Barbie inspired look, Billie Eilish came dressed in a gorgeous tulle Oscar de la Renta gown. The host of the event made the Met Gala her dress-on-the-red-carpet debut, moving away from the baggy, street style ensembles she’s been know n to wear in the past. In an interview with Vogue, Eilish’s makeup artist described her makeup look as “old Hollywood meets rockstar.”

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt brought the 1940’s to the 21st century in her custom Miu Miu number, inspired by the iconic fashion from the film”Ziegfeld Girl” as well as the Statue of Liberty. Her star-spangled silver headpiece matched perfectly with the silver sequins draped on her gown.

Kendall Jenner

In a look inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film “My Fair Lady,” Kendall Jenner stunned in a sheer, embellished dress designed by Givenchy. In an interview with Vogue, Jenner wanted her look to pay homage to Audrey Hepburn, an iconic American actress, “she’s the biggest legend” Jenner said. “I’ve been obsessed with her my whole life.” She paired this look perfectly with simple eye makeup, a sleek bun and an extravagant high-neck choker.

Megan Thee Stallion

Stunning in another nod to the epochal actress Marilyn Monroe, Megan Thee Stallion arrived in head-to-toe Coach glam. The ruched, pink, strapless gown was complemented by a dramatic pink eye, a perfect wavy updo and of course a tiny Coach bag. In an interview with Emma Chamberlain for Vogue, Stallion described her look as “Megan Monroe.”

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi came dressed in an embroidered gown inspired by iconic fashion icon and entertainer Josephine Baker. The Dior designed gown was styled with a gold tulle cape, an embellished headpiece, Cartier jewelry and matching gloves, adding to the drama of the piece.

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