It’s been over two years since we’ve feasted our eyes on the Met Gala. But fashion has once again bestowed upon us last September 13th, 2021, inside the notable halls of Metropolitan Museum of Art hence the fashion fair’s name.

Sometimes called the Met Ball, the Met Gala is a fashion Oscars where several designers, models, musicians, and actors come together on the red carpet to showcase stunning and flamboyant outfits. This year’s gala, which happened in New York City with the theme ‘American Independence’, was in celebration of Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” It is typically held in May but was postponed due to the pandemic. The “Bad Guy” singer Billie Eilish, American poet-activist Amanda Gorman, Hollywood actor Timothée Chalamet, and tennis champion and mental health activist Naomi Osaka hosted the fashion event. Among the stars who walked the famous Met steps were singers Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, and Olivia Rodrigo, tennis stars Serena Williams, Leylah Fernandez, and Emma Raducanu, and actors Tessa Thompson, Lili Reinhart, and Storm Reid. Models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid also made an appearance in the gala. Meanwhile, media personality and socialite Kim Kardashian’s outfit created a lot of buzz, especially on social media. Kim K. entered the ball with a head-to-toe black Balenciaga bodysuit that covered her face.

As explained by Costume Institute’s Andrew Bolton, “diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability” are what young American designers have specifically looked at, making fashion more environmentally friendly.