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Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Kim Kardashian-West arrived at the Met Gala wearing an all-black Balenciaga gown, which completely obscured her face. Scroll through the gallery above for more highlights from this year’s Met Gala red carpet.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Lupita Nyong’o arrived wearing a denim gown by Versace, paired with navy blue eyeshadow and big jewels.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Singer Rihanna and A$AP Rocky swooped in at the very last minute, closing out the Met Gala red carpet in a pair of bold looks. Rihanna wore a voluminous Balenciaga couture coat dress, accessorized with a beanie and diamond forehead accessory. A$AP Rocky meanwhile wore a colorful quilted creation by ERL.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

“Black-ish” actor Tracee Ellis Ross electrified the carpet in this vibrant blue Balenciaga couture coat-dress, which featured a popped collar and oversized silhouette. While speaking to Keke Palmer on a Vogue livestream, she revealed she drew inspiration from her mother Diana Ross’ film “Mahogany.”

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Jennifer Lopez hit the Met Museum steps wearing a custom Ralph Lauren outfit, which channeled the spirit of the Wild West. Donning a faux fur stole, she opted for a deep brown dress embellished with crystal drops, braided silk and leather trims — topped off with a cowboy hat that completed the look.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

“Good 4 U” singer Olivia Rodrigo made her Met Gala debut dressed in a sheer feather and lace Saint Laurent jumpsuit. She paired the look with a pair of chunky black platform heels.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

British tennis player and reigning U.S Open Champion, Emma Raducanu, wore Chanel at the Met Gala.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

“Euphoria” star Hunter Schafer wore a silver leather Prada two-piece ensemble to the glamorous fundraiser. But it was her opaque contact lenses and the gigantic silver spider placed over her face that drew attention.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Frank Ocean debuted a lime green hairstyle at the event, wearing a black Prada outfit and a necklace from his jewelry line Homer. He was accompanied by a robotic friend, dressed in a patterned tracksuit, that moved during interviews.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Wearing a gown by designer Samantha Black, actress Gabrielle Union paid tribute to the dress Cicely Tyson wore to the 1974 Emmys.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Simone Biles wore a show-stopping gown made by Area in collaboration with Athleta. Her Swarovski-embellished skirt weighed 88 pounds, according to Vogue, and required six people to assist her up the steps. On Instagram, she revealed that the skirt was detachable and hid a fringed cocktail dress — which she then removed to unveil her final look: a black starry bodysuit.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the statement “Tax the Rich” through a white tulle-hemmed mermaid gown by Brooklyn-based designer Brother Vellies.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

As with many women on the night, plus-size model Precious Lee opted for a blazer-inspired silhouette with a dramatic fringe and power shoulders. Designed by Area, the crystalline dress was styled with matching glittery accessories.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Kendall Jenner dazzled in a barely-there glittering Givenchy gown with a high crystal choker and shoulder details. She said on Instagram that the dress was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and was a reference to “My Fair Lady.”

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Friends Kendall Jenner and model Gigi Hadid held hands on the red carpet. Wearing her red hair in a high ponytail, the latter channeled the spirit of old Hollywood in a classic corseted white sheath dress by Prada and black evening gloves.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Kim Petras wore one of the more unusual looks of the night, donning a floral ballgown and horse head top by Collina Strada.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Singer Alicia Keys arrived in an all-white gown from AZ Factory and jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels. Speaking to reporters on the carpet, she added her red lipstick was an homage to the “New York lip.”

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Naomi Osaka brought her Japanese and Haitian background together in an ensemble by Louis Vuitton. Her sister Mari Osaka, a fashion designer, worked with creative director Nicolas Ghesquirre to create the look which incorporated a Japanese obi belt and ruffles. On Instagram, Mari said the outfit referenced Haitian Quadrille dresses.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello arrived together for their Met Gala debut. Mendes went bare-chested under a leather jacket, while Cabello wore a sequined purple cut-out gown.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Long-time Met Gala attendee Ciara wore an American football-inspired outfit by Dundas. The neon green sequined dress featured cut outs as well as the number 3, a reference to her husband Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Naturally, she accessorized with a glittering football clutch.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Actress Megan Fox sported pinup-style bangs in a daring red Dundas dress with a lace-up plunging v-neck and a high slit. According to the label’s press release, the outfit was inspired by Art Deco aesthetics.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Emily Blunt shimmered in a cosmic, white dress by Miu Miu. Her star-adorned headband was a tribute to silver screen star Hedy Lemarr, who wore a gigantic version in the 1940s.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Regina King joined Michael Kors at the venue, where she was snapped wearing a sparkling pin-striped outfit. Featuring a gold sequined lining, navy overcoat and form-fitting gloves, she matched the look with a streak of color in her hair.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Soccer player Megan Rapinoe arrived in an outfit inspired by the colors of the American flag, wearing a red suit and blue and white starry shirt. She also carried a clutch which read “In gay we trust,” which she held up to photographers.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Singer Lorde, who recently released her album “Solar Power,” attended wearing a jeweled crown which appeared to feature sun-shaped motifs. She wore a custom embellished Bode gown and carried a small fringed bag.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Justin Bieber, who attended with his wife Hailey, opted for a streamlined black and white evening look by his own fashion line Drew House. He was also seen carrying a bag from the label to the Met Gala and wore Air Force 1 sneakers, customized with Drew House branding.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Karlie Kloss wore a bold red Carolina Herrera gown with striking structural details. She also carried a clutch detailed with a large floral rosette, in keeping with the design of her dress.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Supermodel Iman turned heads in a dramatic feathery headdress from Harris Reed with a matching tiered skirt over a glittering gold bell-bottom bodysuit.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Lil Nas X brought spectacle to the red carpet with not one but three different looks by Versace. First, he wore this regal golden cloak with delicate embroidery around the hem and collar.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

The “Old Town Road” singer then whipped off his cloak to reveal a suit of golden armor.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Finally, a group of suited men pulled the armor apart to reveal Lil Nas X’s final look: a golden, glittering catsuit.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Met Gala co-chair Billie Eilish arrived in a voluminous peach Oscar de la Renta gown and the bleach-blonde hair she’s been wearing since she released her sophomore album “Happier Than Ever.”

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Model Ella Emhoff, the stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, sported an all-red Adidas by Stella McCartney outfit. The glittering outfit featured sheer panels and red sequins, with crystals applied around her eyes adding a final sparkle.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Megan Thee Stallion glittered in hand-embroidered crystals on an old-Hollywood-inspired pink Coach gown, which featured an asymmetrical hem.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Grimes went full sci-fi and was inspired by “Dune,” she said during Vogue’s livestreamed coverage of the event. The musician carried a sword made from melted-down guns — the work of MSCHF, the art collective behind Lil Nas X’s controversial “Satan” shoes.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Serena Williams told E! that her outfit was “superhero” inspired. She wore a lace silver bodysuit with gloves underneath an opulent pink and white ombré feather cape.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

“Ozark” actress Julia Garner wore a sheer Stella McCartney Swarovski gown, featuring a staggering 132,240 crystals, paired with Adidas by Stella McCartney shoes.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Saweetie’s rainbow ombré Christian Cowan dress trailed behind her as she walked the Met’s famous stairs. She revealed later told Vogue that the colors were inspired by her Filipino heritage, as well as the Black American heritage flag.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

“Schitt’s Creek” star Dan Levy arrived in custom Loewe. The structural outfit featured artworks by artist David Wojnarowicz, depicting two men kissing, and was finished off with black embellished boots.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Met Gala co-chair Amanda Gorman wore a bespoke blue Vera Wang gown and a silver laurel crown. Representing a reimagined Statue of Liberty, she held an Edie Parker clutch that said “Give Me Your Tired” a reference to the poem at the statue’s base.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

“Dune” star Timothée Chalamet mixed streetwear and black-tie with a shrunken white-satin suit jacket and billowing white pants, by Haider Ackerman, tucked into a pair of white Converse sneakers. Underneath, he wore a layer of Rick Owens.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Wearing an all-black look designed by her boyfriend Reuben Selby, “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams told E! that the look was inspired by “The Matrix.”

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Met Gala honorary chairman Anna Wintour departed eschewed Chanel — her longtime go-to for the event — instead opting for a custom pressed-flower Oscar de la Renta gown with a tiered pleated skirt.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Gymnast Nia Dennis made a dramatic entrance wearing a blue Stella McCartney dress, which featured a sheer mesh skirt. As she approached the steps, she removed her skirt to reveal a crystal-embellished blue bodysuit and launched into acrobatics.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

Social media stars were represented on the red carpet, with YouTube star Emma Chamberlain wearing a gold cut-out Louis Vuitton gown with chain straps.

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

New York congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney made a statement with a garment emblazoned with “equal rights for women.”

Met Gala 2021: See all the red-carpet looks

The Met Gala cream carpet began with a performance by the Brooklyn United Marching Band wearing red, white and blue.

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