The Met Gala Returns, & LGBTQ+ Attendees Serve Avant-Garde Fashion With A Political Edge

“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” was the theme for the evening, and attendees dazzled the red carpet in a parade of avant-garde styles both cutting edge and politically pointed.  

The stars came out in their most daring and fabulous for last night’s Met Gala, the first since the Covid pandemic.

“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” was the theme for the evening, and attendees dazzled the red carpet in a parade of avant-garde styles both cutting edge and politically pointed.  Our LGBTQ+ family came and represented strong with slayage. Here are some of our favorite looks. 

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe modeled a bright red Sergio Hudson suit, paired with a star-studded blue shirt and a red clutch that read “In Gay We Trust.”

“Schitt’s Creek” star Dan Levy’s outfit — an ensemble suit designed as a roadmap, with ballooned sleeves and a silhouette of two men kissing — paid homage to late LGBTQ+ artist, David Wojnarovicz. The silhouette had been inspired by an image from Wojnarovicz’s work that had itself been based on a homophobic cartoon the artist had come across, Levy explained in a post on Instagram. “But rather than feed on the message of hate, we wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility.”

 

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Makeup artist Nikkie de Jager also paid homage to an LGBTQ+ icon. Her blue, fairytale gown, adorned with flowers and paired with a matching floral headpiece, was tied at the knees with a banner ribbon that read, “Pay It No Mind,” a tribute to the late Marsha P (“Pay it no mind”) Johnson.”  

 

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Clare Delevingne opted for simplistic Dior, white pants paired with matching vest styled as body armor with the words and emblazoned with the words, “Peg the Patriarchy.”

 

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Other stars opted for less political, but equally fabulous, ensembles. MJ Rodriguez, fresh off her Emmy nomination for the final season of “Pose,” wowed in a Japanese-inspired corset gown, designed by Thom Browne.

 

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Kim Petras took fashion to new heights with a horse-inspired Collin Astrada gown.

 

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Hunter Schaefer also looked to nature for inspiration.

 

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Some stars opted for more classic looks, like Kristen Stewart, who wore an elegant Chanel Couture suit.

 

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And Troye Silvan, who opted for a plunging black gown with sky-high platforms.

 

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While Lil Nas X — hot off his steamy performance from the VMA’s Sunday — had a grand total of three costume changes. 

 

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The Met Gala is held each year to raise funds for the venue’s Costume Institute. The gala usually occurs in May, but was postponed this year due to the Covid pandemic.


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