The Second Monday of September

The Met Gala has finally made its grand return. The fundraiser took place Sept.13 in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The evening was full of breath-taking costumes worn by celebrities to celebrate American fashion. 

     Starting back in 1948, every year the Met Gala has celebrated the new exhibit from the Met’s Costume Institute. 

     An article from the “Architectural Digest” said, “The event has gone from an annual fundraiser attended by the fashion industry and New York society to a cultural phenomenon attracting global attention.” 

     This year’s theme was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. 

     Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, believed that it was time to branch away from previous themes like Chaos to Couture, Beyond Fashion, and Camp: Notes on Fashion. 

     Bolton told “Vouge” in an interview that “American fashion is undergoing a renaissance, and it was time to reexamine American identity and fashion.” 

     While Bolton curated his exhibition, fashion designers around the world were deciding on which A-List celebrities they should invite to represent their brand for this year’s Gala. There are two ways you can attend this event: Be invited by a fashion designer or pay upwards of $35,000 for a ticket. 

     Designer Aurora James dressed United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a controversial dress that had “Tax the Rich” written on the back, despite being at an event centered around wealthy people. 

     Some other notable designers that made appearances on the carpet this year were American designers: Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta; however, more international designers like Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga were also in attendance. 

     In addition to the celebrities invited to walk the red carpet, Creative Director of “Vouge,” Anna Wintour picked four celebrities to chair the event. This years’ chairs were Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka. 

     Amanda Gorman made her mark on America during the Inauguration of President Biden as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S history. 

     Out of all the attendees, it is hard to choose who was best or worst dressed for this year’s Met Gala, but here are some of the most noteworthy. 

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