MET Gala 2021: The Look of the Politics in Fashion


MET Gala is also known as Met Ball or a ‘fashion night out’, held every year at the Fifth Avenue Manhattan, New York City by the Vogue. MET Gala is also well known as an annual fundraising event held to benefit the yearly fashion exhibit by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

The Costume Institute Exhibition sets a different theme for the event every year, and the guest is required to match their fashionable dress with the music. Moreover, MET Gala has also been reflected as one of the most prominent and exclusive social events globally and the most significant source of fundraising event. In 2013 it recorded a total fund of $9 million in a night. 

All About MET Gala 2021 

After the missing edition of the 2020 MET Gala due to the pandemic, the MET Gala event was held on 13th September 2021, reflecting the political aspect of fashion by many celebrities.

The theme of the 2021 MET Gala was “American Independence”. The theme was efficiently depicted by the event guest, which further made the fashion night out as a fashion extravaganza. The dresses of the celebrities have stood out the theme by reflecting women’s rights, taxation pitch, an all-black ensemble which had developed several moments of political stances among the guest.

The 2021 MET Gala had also reflected an interesting interpretation of the guest of the event with the theme, along with the taste political aspect of rights, equality, and corruption. 

Display of Women’s Right Message

The MET Gala 2021 had efficiently displayed the essence of the women’s rights message. Within this aspect, Congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney and Supermodel-actor Cara Delevingne played an essential role in adequately reflecting the statement of women’s rights with their dresses in the event.

Congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney wore a long gown with a cap-like train reflecting the message, “Equal Rights for Women”, along with a clutch in a round shape on which the words “ERA YES” were written on, reflecting the amendment of equal rights. Her dress could be regarded as a sound political interpreting outfit which proposed to stand out the Equal Rights Amendment reflecting the aspect of ‘legal gender equality for men and women in the society 

Supermodel-actor Cara Delevingne wore a white Dior tank top at the MET Gala 2021 with the words ‘Peg the Patriarchy’ on the dress, which further demonstrates the political stance of gender equality and women empowerment. 

Support Towards Queer Pride

The MET Gala 2021 also depicted the essence of queer pride to show appropriate support towards the LGBTQIA+ community.

The theme was well interpreted with the LGBTQ aspect by the soccer star Megan Rapinoe and actor Dan Levy. The soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, wore a Sergio Hudson pantsuit in bright red silk and a bright blue shirt with swithte stars on it.

She had also carried a blue clutch on which the words ‘In Gay We Trust’ were printed, which had to succeed in standing out her support towards the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Moreover, the actor, Dan Levy wore a JW Anderson and Loewe look at the event, and the dress has its root among those works of the LGBTQIA+ activist David Wojnarovicz which reflects the actor’s supports towards the members of the LGBTQIA+ community by wearing their sexuality essence on his sleeves at the event. 

Niki Beniwal
Niki Beniwal
Emerging journalist and content writer.


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