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  • Madelyn Sipola

The best and worst outfits at the 2021 Met Gala

One of the biggest fashion events of the year just happened, and it was definitely interesting!

The Met Gala is the one night of the year where celebrities are dressed to the nines at the fundraiser for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

This year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute's newest exhibition is titled, “In American: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which inspired this year’s Met theme to be “American Independence.”

There were a lot of hits and misses this year, so let’s see the top five in who nailed it and who missed the mark (not in order). Best

  1. Lili Reinhart in Christian Siriano

Lili Reinhart’s dress stunned. From the beautiful mind of Christian Siriano, Reinhart’s dress showcased the state flower from all fifty U.S. states. The pale pink is such a beautiful color choice for Reinhart’s skin tone, and the flowers bring both neutral and boldness.

  1. Hunter Schafer in Prada

Hunter Schafer’s look is hands down one of the best. Not only was her two-piece dress gorgeous, but the face accessories and contacts completed the look. The look gave this mysterious, extravagant alien vibe and it was everything.

  1. Hailee Steinfeld in Iris Van Herpen

Was this even Hailee Steinfeld? Steinfeld showed up looking completely different than normal. She wore a very light blonde, almost white, hairstyle with dark roots and very light blonde eyebrows. Even though this dress was absolutely beautiful, the different hair and makeup made this look ethereal and almost haunting in all the best ways.

  1. Lil Nas X in Versace

LIL NAS X DID THAT! Lil Nas X really came to play this year. With three different red carpet looks, he definitely had a story to tell. The color scheme remained consistent with black, gold, and white and served royalty.

  1. Iman in Harris Reed

With one of the most unique looks of the night, Iman wore a giant headpiece, jumpsuit, and skirt-like piece with majestic gold patterns and fluff. Worst

  1. Camila Cabello in Michael Kors Collection

There was no way I could get over this look. I like the monochromatic purple vibe but the sequins made it look cheap and like a Bratz doll.

  1. Madison Beer in Patricia Voto

Ah, Madison Beer. I was so disappointed in this look because I had high expectations of her. The audience was given a dress that looks like something I would wear to my high school prom. Although this look was made from locally sourced materials, it just was not enough for me and definitely not enough for an event like the Met Gala.

  1. Lily Rose Depp in Chanel

Here is another outfit that hit the mark. I tried so hard to like this look but once again, the sequins and black belt made this look like a cheap,early-2000s outfit.

  1. Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta (custom dress)

Billie Eilish is one of my favorite celebrities, so this was upsetting for me to see. The dress itself is beautiful and took a lot of hard work to make, but it washed Billie out immensely and the tulle-like fabric was not enough.

  1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Aurora James

AOC’s dress was very politically driven. She wore a white dress with red writing, almost looking like blood, that said “TAX THE RICH.” This dress upset a lot of people and the designer of the dress, Aurora James, had to make many apologies after the dress debuted. My personal problem is that the Met Gala is an event with rich and influential people and AOC was there, putting her in this category. It was very tone-deaf and the dress itself was not flattering.

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