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Met Gala 2021: Stars arrive on red carpet for fashion’s big night

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Fashion’s biggest night is finally back after being canceled in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

And the stars made sure to bring in their fashion A-game when they settled down at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City for this year’s Met Gala on Monday, September 13.

Keke Palmer, 28, set the glitz and glamor in motion as she slid down the red carpet in a glittery black dress that showed off her tight back.

Glistening: She paired the floor number with smokey eye makeup

A Goddess: Keke Palmer exuded glamor in a shimmering black low-back gown, which revealed her sculpted frame as she kicked off this year’s Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday, September 13, 2021.

The Met Gala is finally back after being canceled in 2020 amid the pandemic. This year it was pushed from its traditional lock to September on the first Sunday in May.

Theme is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and the event features a host of celebrity co-chairs: actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

Chairs of honor for the evening include designer Tom Ford, Instagram sponsor Adam Mosseri and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

At 19, Billie will make history as the youngest ever co-chair of the prestigious event.

When the hosts were first announced, Vogue magazine said, “Each of the Met’s four co-hosts embodies the defining factor of American style: individualism.

Striking pose: Keke Palmer, 28, kicked off the glitz and glamor as she slid down the red carpet in a black glitter dress that showed off her tight back

Striking pose: Keke Palmer, 28, kicked off the glitz and glamor as she slid down the red carpet in a black glitter dress that showed off her tight back

‘[They have each] developed a clear visual language for their public personas, a language based on the legacy of iconic fashion made in the USA.”

The must-have accessory for everyone at this year’s gala is a Covid-19 vaccine.

“Currently, all participants at The Met Gala on Sept. 13 must provide proof of full vaccination and are also expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking,” a The Met spokesperson said last month.

This year’s gala will be a more intimate affair, followed by a larger gala on May 2, 2022. Both will launch a two-part exhibition, an overview of American fashion that will run for nearly a year.

Dazzling: Amanda Gorman, a poet and activist - and co-chair of Met Gala - chose an electric blue shimmering dress with a crystal leaf headband

Dazzling: Amanda Gorman, a poet and activist – and co-chair of Met Gala – chose an electric blue shimmering dress with a crystal leaf headband

Sweet moment: Brooklyn Beckham and fiancé Nicola Peltz shared a PDA moment on the carpet

Lovebirds: Nicola wowed in a hot pink sheer patterned dress and elegant blush colored gloves

Sweet moment: Brooklyn Beckham and fiancé Nicola Peltz shared a PDA moment on the carpet

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, which opens Sept. 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the museum’s Costume Institute and “explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” the spokesperson added.

Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, opens May 5, 2022 in the museum’s popular American Wing period rooms and, in collaboration with film directors, will explore American fashion by “presenting stories related to the complex and layered histories of those spaces.’ Both parts close on September 5, 2022.

Queen & Slim filmmaker Melina Matsoukas has been commissioned to create an open-ended film to project into the galleries, with the content changing during the exhibition.

The gala is a major fundraiser and provides the Costume Institute with its primary source of funding.

As always, the exhibits will be the work of star curator Andrew Bolton. Bolton has previously noted how challenging the past year has been for the fashion community.

“It has been incredibly inspiring to see how designers have responded to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, how they have found new outlets to express their creativity and found new ways to present their collections,” he said.

Bolton added that many designers had been at the forefront of the discussion on diversity and inclusion: “Last summer’s social justice movements strengthened their engagement with these issues and also solidified their leadership in advancing the conversation.”

In addition to Matsoukas, there are other confirmed collaborators from the film world, including cinematographer Bradford Young, whose projects are ‘Selma’ and ‘When They See Us;’ include. production designers Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino; and Franklin Leonard, film director and founder of The Black List, a list of top unproduced screenplays.

Here she is!  Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue and chairwoman of the Met Gala arrived in a floral patterned number with a mermaid-style hem

Blooming: Anna's pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer wore a teal dress with her baby bump on display

Here she is! Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue and chairwoman of the Met Gala, arrived in a floral pattern and a mermaid-style hem; Anna’s pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer wore a teal dress showing her baby bump

Bold: Eva Chen, Instagram's director of fashion partnerships, stood out in a neon-patterned dress and plaid gloves

Bold: Eva Chen, Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships, stood out in a neon-patterned dress and plaid gloves

Explanation: Broad City actress Ilana Glazer arrived in a feathered patterned dress;  the star welcomed her first child with husband David Rooklin in July

Explanation: Broad City actress Ilana Glazer arrived in a feathered patterned dress; the star welcomed her first child with husband David Rooklin in July

Handsome: Timothee Chalamet cut a neat figure in a white jacket, but paired it with sweaty bottoms and Converse sneakers

Looks good: The handsome actor, 25, added diamond brooches to his stylish ensemble

Handsome: Timothee Chalamet cut a neat figure in a white jacket, but paired it with sweaty bottoms and Converse sneakers

Sharp: Fashion designer Tom Ford, who is honorary president for this year's Gala, looked good in his tailored suit with a velvet jacket and sunglasses

Sharp: Fashion designer Tom Ford, who is honorary president for this year’s Gala, looked good in his tailored suit with a velvet jacket and sunglasses

Unique: Actor Dan Levy wore a look with maps of the United States, which was good for this year's theme

Unique: Actor Dan Levy wore a look with maps of the United States, which was good for this year’s theme

Millennials: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain was also invited to the event, arriving in a gold and silver cutout dress

Millennials: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain was also invited to the event, arriving in a gold and silver cutout dress

Incredible: DailyMailTV's Alicia Quarles looked stunning in a purple Pamela Rowland dress with Dior shoes for the biggest night in fashion

Incredible: DailyMailTV’s Alicia Quarles looked stunning in a purple Pamela Rowland dress with Dior shoes for the biggest night in fashion

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