Met Gala 2021: See the red carpet looks

The Met Gala returned for the first time since 2019, with this year's theme entitled In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

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After being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Met Gala finally came back on Monday night, and celebrities (with their epic looks) did not disappoint. The guests showed up to the legendary red carpet to honor this year’s exhibit, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Iman attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

While usually held on “the first Monday in May”, the Met Gala was held in late summer this year in New York City, as the monumental event has been split into two parts for its grand return. As theGrio previously reported, this is the first installment at The Met, with Monday night’s theme entitled, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, which celebrated, “all things American fashion.”

With a virtual live-stream hosted by Keke Palmer and Ilana Glazer, the Gala featured show-stopping appearances from celebrities like Rihanna, J. Lo, Lil Nas X, and more.

Amanda Gorman

Co-chair Amanda Gorman attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Aurora James and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Aurora James and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

ASAP Rocky and Rihanna

ASAP Rocky and Rihanna attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey

Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Iman

Iman attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka

Co-chair Naomi Osaka attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Normani

Normani attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Amanda Gorman

Co-chair Amanda Gorman attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

This year’s gala had a specific youthful flare when it came to the official co-chairs. Naomi OsakaAmanda Gorman, Timothée Chalamet, and Billie Eilish were named co-chairs earlier this year, with Vogue sharing in their announcement, “they may approach the concept differently, but their shared passion for expressing themselves through clothing connects with the exhibition’s theme. Chalamet, Eilish, Osaka, and Gorman have all developed a distinct visual language for their public personas, one that is informed by the legacy of iconic fashion made in the U.S.A.”

The second installment of the gala, Part Two, An Anthology of Fashion will debut in May 2022. The exhibition is set to “feature men’s and women’s dress dating from the 18th century to the present in vignettes installed in select period rooms.” The current exhibition, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, will remain open from Sept. 18, 2021–Sept. 5, 2022.

For more information and to plan a visit, head to the official Met website, here.

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