The Breathtaking 2021 Met Gala Looks We'll Be Talking About for Years

That's right, the time has finally come. After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Met Gala is back, and believe us when we say it's really back. While we typically find ourselves counting down the days in the lead-up to the first Monday in May, this year has us especially on our toes and not just because we've been missing the epic red carpet looks. The 2021 Met Gala, who's theme is In American: A Lexicon of Fashion, will be an "intimate gala" with a guest list that skews notably Gen Z, if the night's co-chairs Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka, and Timothée Chalamet are any indication.

The looks you're about to bear witness to feature everything from over-the-top feathers and showstopping shimmer to sultry cutouts—many of them fresh off the spring/summer 2022 runways that just wrapped up in New York. They may be all we can talk about right now, but we just know they'll leave an impact on fashion dialogue for years to come. With plenty of breathtaking moments and epic celebrity sightings to enjoy, scroll down to see all the best red carpet looks from the 2021 Met Gala.

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WHO: Rihanna

WEAR: Balenciaga; Bulgari and Thelma West jewelry; custom Maria Tash earrings

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WHO: Billie Eilish

WEAR: Oscar de la Renta; Jimmy Choo shoes; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Amanda Gorman

WEAR: Vera Wang; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Chopard jewelry

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WHO: Emma Chamberlain

WEAR: Louis Vuitton

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WHO: Keke Palmer

WEAR: Sergio Hudson; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes; Ana Khouri jewelry

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WHO: Olivia Rodrigo

WEAR: Saint Laurent

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WHO: Timothée Chalamet

WEAR: Haider Ackermann jacket; Rick Owens pants; Converse shoes; Cartier pin and brooch

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WHO: Zoë Kravitz

WEAR: Saint Laurent

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WHO: Yara Shahidi

WEAR: Custom Dior; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Gigi Hadid

WEAR: Prada

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WHO: Saweetie

WEAR: Christian Cowan

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WHO: Kendall Jenner

WEAR: Givenchy

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WHO: Iman

WEAR: Harris Reed

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WHO: Lily Rose-Depp

WEAR: Chanel

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WHO: Megan Thee Stallion

WEAR: Coach; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Fernando George jewelry

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WHO: Serena Williams

WEAR: Gucci

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WHO: Emily Ratajkowski

WEAR: Vera Wang

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WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WEAR: Ralph Lauren

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WHO: Addison Rae

WEAR: Vintage 2003 Gucci 

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WHO: Naomi Osaka

WEAR: Louis Vuitton

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WHO: Hailey Bieber

WEAR: Saint Laurent

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WHO: Gabrielle Union-Wade

WEAR: Iris Van Herpen dress; Jimmy Choo shoes; Messika jewelry

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WHO: Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz

WEAR: Both in Valentino

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WHO: Barbie Ferreira

WEAR: Jonathan Simkhai

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WHO: Kristen Stewart

WEAR: Chanel

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WHO: Storm Reid

WEAR: Prada

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WHO: Eva Chen

WEAR: Christopher John Rogers

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WHO: Ella Emhoff

WEAR: Adidas by Stella McCartney

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WHO: Tracee Ellis Ross

WEAR: Balenciaga dress and clutch; Tiffany and Co. jewelry

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WHO: Kaia Gerber

WEAR: Oscar de la Renta dress; Christian Louboutin shoes

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WHO: Maisie Williams

WEAR: Reuben Selby dress; Nodaleto shoes; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Evan Mock

WEAR: Thom Browne; Lorraine Schwartz

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WHO: Nia Dennis

WEAR: Adidas by Stella McCartney dress; Ana Khouri jewelry

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WHO: Anna Wintour

WEAR: Oscar de la Renta

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WHO: Ilana Glazer

WEAR: Aliette

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WHO: Tom Ford

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WHO: Anok Yai

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WHO: Kim Kardashian

WEAR: Balenciaga

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WHO: Emily Blunt

WEAR: Miu Miu; Messika jewelry

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WHO: Simone Biles

WEAR: Area

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WHO: Troye Sivan

WEAR: Altu dress; Rick Owens shoes; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Dixie D'Amelio

WEAR: Valentino Haute Couture

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WHO: Finneas

WEAR: Givenchy; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley

WEAR (Chance the Rapper): Ralph Lauren

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WHO: Lil Nas X

WEAR: Versace

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WHO: Jennifer Hudson

WEAR: AZ Factory

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WHO: Valentina Sampaio

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WHO: Laura and Kate Mulleavy

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WHO: Paloma Elsesser

WEAR: Zac Posen

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WHO: Kim Petras

WEAR: Collina Strada

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WHO: Zoey Deutch 

WEAR: Versace dress

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WHO: Grimes

WEAR: Iris Van Herpen

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WHO: Normani

WEAR: Valentino dress; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

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WHO: Debbie Harry

WEAR: Zac Posen

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WHO: Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie

WEAR (Leslie): Oscar de la Renta

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WHO: Ben Platt

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WHO: Nikkie de Jager

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WHO: Karlie Kloss

WEAR: Carolina Herrera dress; Christian Louboutin shoes; De Beers jewelry

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WHO: Adrien Brody and Georgina Chapman

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WHO: Madison Beer

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WHO: MJ Rodriguez

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WHO: Eiza Gonzalez

WEAR: Versace dress; Bulgari jewelry

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WHO: Dan Levy

WEAR: Loewe; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Sophia Roe

WEAR: Halston

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WHO: Mary J. Blige

WEAR: Dundas

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WHO: Megan Fox

WEAR: Dundas dress; Jimmy Choo shoes

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WHO: Channing Tatum

WEAR: Versace

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WHO: Precious Lee

WEAR: Area

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WHO: Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nina Ghaibi 

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WHO: Virgil Abloh

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WHO: Audra McDonald

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WHO: Chloe Fineman

WEAR: Tory Burch

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WHO: Maluma

WEAR: Versace; ASLAN custom 14k gold glove

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WHO: Lorde

WEAR: Bode

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WHO: Donatella Versace

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WHO: Rachele Zegler

WEAR: Christian Dior

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WHO: Pete Davidson

WEAR: Thom Browne; Silhouette sunglasses

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WHO: Cynthia Erivo

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WHO: Taraji P. Henson

WEAR: Stuart Weitzman shoes

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WHO: Lourdes Leon 

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WHO: Irina Shayk

WEAR: Stuart Weitzman

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WHO: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

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WHO: Rita Ora

WEAR: Prada

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WHO: Sienna Miller

WEAR: Gucci

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WHO: Tyler Mitchell

WEAR: Bode

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WHO: Kacey Musgraves

WEAR: Ralph Lauren

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WHO: Lupita Nyong'o

WEAR: Versace

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WHO: Justin Bieber

WEAR: Balenciaga

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WHO: Erykah Badu

WEAR: Thom Browne

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WHO: Mindy Kaling

WEAR: Tory Burch dress; Jimmy Choo shoes

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WHO: Whoopi Goldberg

WEAR: Valentino

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WHO: Taylor Hill

WEAR: Versace

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WHO: Hunter Schafer

WEAR: Prada

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WHO: Julia Garner

WEAR: Stella McCartney

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