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No, it’s not the first Monday in May, and in fact, it’s not the first Monday in September either, but tonight, celebrities will return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for one of the most glamorous events of the fashion season—the 2021 Met Gala. (opens in new tab) Following the cancelation of 2020’s event amid the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s more intimate star-studded guest list will gather in celebration of a theme that hits close to home: American Fashion.
Rather than showcasing only big name legacy brands, this year’s exhibit will put an emphasis on young, emerging, and avant-garde designers who are the future of fashion. The hosts of the evening are also a nod to a new generation of artists: Naomi Osaka, Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gordon, and Billie Eilish will kick off the festivities, while some 400 guests will arrived dressed in the theme of American Independence. Before guests enter the Met for cocktails and dinner (where social media is strictly prohibited), take a peek at what they’re wearing to this year’s Met Ball.