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  • Bella Jabbour & Lexi Schwartz

The Met Gala: A Look at Themes Within the Theme

The Met Gala gives celebrities yet another opportunity to shine and walk down the red carpet in their thought-provoking outfits. This year, the theme for the Met Gala was “In America: An Anthology for Fashion,” giving tribute to the New York style between 1870 and 1890. Some celebrities decided to take the “Gilded Glamour,” elegant and extravagant theme in a different route, one that completely ignored the actual theme and gave designers the chance to create their own themes. Let’s take a look at some of the outfits that make us think they accidentally entered the Met Gala instead of another event.


In the past couple of years, teenage girls seemed to gravitate towards being a space cowgirl for Halloween, and SZA is certainly portraying some of that energy. Her Vivienne Westwood look evoked aspects of the Wild West with her large cowgirl-looking hat and her black heeled boots. At least SZA got to live out the same dream as every young adolescent who ordered the same holographic shorts and pink cowgirl hat on Amazon, then showed up to the same party wearing similar costumes as everyone else, even though they did not plan their group costume together… awkward.

Kylie Jenner

Mazel Tov, Kylie! On a wedding or a bat-mitzvah? Kylie Jenner showed up at the Met Gala in an Off-White gown in remembrance of Virgil Abloh, the creator of Off-White who was an acquaintance of Kylie’s. According to some people on the internet, Kylie looks like a runaway bride who left the altar and opened the door to a bat-mitzvah instead. The combination of the ruffled white ball gown, the t-shirt and the backwards baseball cap with an attached veil sparked questions by many.

Shawn Mendes

The singer arrived at the Met Gala in an outfit that fans compared to a Disney Prince, Hamilton cast members, and a marching band leader. Shawn’s coat particularly sparked comparisons to the infamous Beauty and the Beast villain, Gaston. Shawn most definitely channeled his inner Disney Prince as he hit the carpet in a Tommy Hilfiger navy blue overcoat with red lining; however, others thought Shawn bore a stronger resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch's Marvel superhero, Dr. Strange. This got fans wondering if Shawn Mendes will make a debut in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Spoiler: he didn’t.

Bad Bunny

Rapper Bad Bunny made his Met Gala debut in a beige ensemble from Burberry. He completed his look by pulling his hair into a messy bun embellished with jeweled hair accessories. While the outfit is a milestone for gilded age fashion, many were more focused on finding the ‘original inspiration’ for the rapper’s outfit. First, the outfit was compared to popular cartoon characters, most notably, Scooby Doo and Inspector Gadget, and others were reminiscent of a young child attempting to attend a movie restricted to adults. Although Bad Bunny’s outfit sparked many comparisons such as Miss Trunchbull from Matilda, none were as striking as his resemblance of the sweet mouse from Zooptopia on her wedding day.

Gigi Hadid

With both the tight leather pants and the enormous puffer jacket, model Gigi Hadid must have been profusely sweating on the carpet. Her Versace spin on the well known Aritzia Super Puff Jacket showed fans that she too can be warm all winter long. Gigi wore a deep red corset, as well, which was common amongst the Met Gala crowd since corsets were a staple in Gilded Age fashion. Gigi’s outfit reflects a more modern approach on the coats worn in the Gilded Age and the revolution of modern fabrics.

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani surely missed the entrance to her neon party! The popstar arrived in a two piece neon yellow outfit, which shocked fans due to it completely not fitting the dress code of the evening. The highlighter look was inspired by her recent wedding dress with Blake Shelton, both made by Vera Wang. The long, light blonde hairstyle added to her extraterrestrial vibe. Maybe the committee of the Met Gala should evaluate everyone’s outfits before arriving at the event. Just a thought.

Some Reporter

Celebrities paraded through the Met Gala, but one non A-lister stole the show in a white and gold ball gown. Genesis Suero, a news anchor for Telemundo, reported from the red carpet in a breathtaking dress designed by Lucia Rodriguez. It was her ‘Disney princess’-like dress that had fans wondering “Who is she?” In a room full of celebrities, it was a reporter’s fairytale-like look that stole the show.


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