The Best and Worst Dressed at the 2021 Met Gala

Adrianna Malena and Cassie Paioletti

Fashion’s biggest night of the year has returned after years of postponed dates due to the pandemic, with the theme of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” A select few designers, and celebrities had the opportunity to showcase their interpretations of the theme, and while some had breathtaking looks, others left viewers underwhelmed. Here are some of the most eye-catching pieces from the highly anticipated evening.

Top 5 Best Dressed (no specific order):

Kendall Jenner 

Leading off the best looks for the “In America” theme, is celebrity supermodel and TV personality, Kendall Jenner. Jenner stepped out in a gorgeous, sheer, sparkling Givenchy gown made to pay homage to Cecil Beaton gown Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1964 big screen musical “My Fair Lady.”

Iman Abdulmajid 

The Somali supermodel stunned in an eye-catching, gold silhouette paired with a feathery overskirt and matching headpiece designed by Dolce and Gabbana in a collaboration with British-American designer Harris Reed. Inspired by ballroom culture in America’s golden age, the ensemble really embodied the theme of American Fashion better than others.


Billie Eilish 

It’s fair to say, Billie Eilish turned heads in her stunning Oscar de la Renta designed dress. The “Happier Than Ever” singer dropped her usual baggy and bright style for a more classic Marilyn Monroe inspired blush pink gown, perfect for the night’s theme.

Lupita Nyong 

The Kenyan-Mexican actress, author, and advocate took American fashion to the next level with a denim inspired dress designed by Versace. Not only did she look absolutely flawless, but the creativity with the theme is exactly what landed her on this list.  


Quannah Chasinghorse 

Indigenous model and activist, Quannah Chasinghorse, proved to be the breakout star of this year’s gala showing up in an outfit that truly speaks for itself when it comes to American representation. She appeared in a floor length, gold, Peter Dundas dress for revolve, authentic Navajo turquoise jewelry, and traditional Hän Gwich’in face tattoos called Yidįįłtoo, which are meant to symbolize life events. 


Top 5 Worst Dressed (no specific order):


Isabelle Hupper Starting off the most disappointing looks from the night is famous French actress Isabelle Huppert, in Balenciaga. This red velvet dress fell flat fromrepresenting the theme and felt classic in the wrong way.



The US singer wore a bright green dress created by the Norwegian designer, Peter Dundas. On the front she sported her husband Russell Wilson’s football number 3. Incorporating the all American sport might not have been an awful idea in theory, but her literal interpretation and execution of the theme didn’t translate well for the occasion.

Kim Petras

German singer and songwriter Petras wore a Collina Strada dress to the event, with a giant horse head on the front of it. Many were confused at her attire, as it seemed more appropriate for Halloween than the Met Gala.


Kim Kardashion 

The reality TV star dressed head to toe in a black look, by Balenciaga, inspired by her estranged husband Kanye West. Kim is certainly a trend setter, but in this case her attire didn’t match the theme or event for that matter.


Kacey Musgraves 

The country singer stepped out in Ralph Lauren hoping to resemble her favorite sport, equestrianism. Unfortunately, failed to meet big expectations, and felt bland in comparison to what she normally delivers.

With all things like the pandemic considered, the night was incredibly successful in celebrating the passion for fashion that brings millions of people around the world together. Looking forward, the next Met Gala will be on the first Monday of May, in 2022, with the theme of historical and contemporary fashion dating back to the 18th century, as provided by The Costume Institute.