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Smaller yet still as grand as ever, this year's Met Gala was not phased by the pandemic despite reports of having only about a third of the usual A-listers participating in fashion's biggest night.

Themed “American Independence” the event sure did give attendees a wide range of ideas to play with from and room to be interpreted to their desire. Given that the exhibit accompanying the event is 70% young American designers, most of whom have never even been invited to the Gala let alone shown in a museum, the guest list also featured Gen Z tastemakers, including the evening's co-chairs Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka.

The curator of the Met's Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, told Vogue that he felt it was time to reexamine American identity through the lens of recent social justice movements. “I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective,” he said. “I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance.” And here are some of the biggest celebrities of the night who proved that patriotic looks really can go beyond just stars and stripes. - copy by Vogue.

View more Met Gala looks in Vanity Fair, Daily Mail UK and Vogue.

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