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, whose 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: Kendall Jenner

WEAR: Givenchy

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WHO: Olivia Rodrigo

WEAR: Saint Laurent

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WHO: Keke Palmer

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

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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: Yara Shahidi

WEAR: Custom Dior; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Zoë Kravitz

WEAR: Saint Laurent

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WHO: Lily Rose-Depp

WEAR: Chanel

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WHO: Iman

WEAR: Harris Reed

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WHO: Saweetie

WEAR: Christian Cowan

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WHO: Emily Ratajkowski

WEAR: Vera Wang

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WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WEAR: Ralph Lauren; JLO Jennifer Lopez shoes

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WHO: Addison Rae

WEAR: Vintage 2003 Gucci; De Beers Jewelry

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WHO: Serena Williams

WEAR: Gucci

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WHO: Gigi Hadid

WEAR: Prada

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WHO: Naomi Osaka

WEAR: Louis Vuitton

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WHO: Barbie Ferreira

WEAR: Jonathan Simkhai; Mudd Pearl head piece

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WHO: Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz

WEAR: Both in Valentino

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WHO: Gabrielle Union-Wade

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

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WHO: Hailey Bieber

WEAR: Saint Laurent

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WHO: Megan Fox

WEAR: Dundas dress; Jimmy Choo shoes

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WHO: Megan Thee Stallion

WEAR: Coach; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Fernando George jewelry

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WHO: Storm Reid

WEAR: Prada

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WHO: Eva Chen

WEAR: Christopher John Rogers; De Beers Jewelry

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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: Ella Emhoff

WEAR: Adidas by Stella McCartney

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WHO: Anna Wintour

WEAR: Oscar de la Renta

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WHO: Kristen Stewart

WEAR: Chanel

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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: Amandla Stenberg

WEAR: Thom Browne

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WHO: Ilana Glazer

WEAR: Aliette

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WHO: Nia Dennis

WEAR: Adidas by Stella McCartney dress; Ana Khouri jewelry

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WHO: Simone Biles

WEAR: Area

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WHO: Paloma Elsesser

WEAR: Zac Posen

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WHO: Troye Sivan

WEAR: Altu dress; Rick Owens shoes; Cartier jewelry

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WHO: Anok Yai

WEAR: Ana Khouri jewelry

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WHO: Normani

WEAR: Valentino dress; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

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WHO: Dixie D'Amelio

WEAR: Valentino Haute Couture

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WHO: Jennifer Hudson

WEAR: AZ Factory

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WHO: Lil Nas X

WEAR: Versace

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WHO: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Aurora James

WEAR: Brother Vellies (Ocasio-Cortez)

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WHO: Lorde

WEAR: Bode

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WHO: Kim Kardashian

WEAR: Balenciaga

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WHO: Mary J. Blige

WEAR: Dundas

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WHO: Kate Hudson

WEAR: Michael Kors; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

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WHO: Sophia Roe

WEAR: Halston

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WHO: Laura Harrier

WEAR: Altuzarra

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WHO: Lupita Nyong'o

WEAR: Versace; De Beers jewelry

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WHO: Karlie Kloss

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

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WHO: Hunter Schafer

WEAR: Prada

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WHO: Joan Smalls

WEAR: Ralph Lauren

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WHO: Precious Lee

WEAR: Area

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WHO: Zoey Deutch

WEAR: Atelier Versace dress; Stuart Weitzman shoes 

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WHO: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

WEAR (Cabello): Jimmy Choo shoes

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WHO: Virgil Abloh

WEAR: Louis Vuitton

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WHO: Winnie Harlow

WEAR: Iris Van Herpen

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WHO: Lily Alridge 

WEAR: Ralph Lauren

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WHO: Ciara

WEAR: Dundas dress; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Superbowl ring; Hoorsenbuhs rings

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WHO: Emily Blunt

WEAR: Miu Miu; Messika jewelry

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WHO: Justin Bieber

WEAR: Balenciaga; Jacquie Aiche hoops

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WHO: Irina Shayk

WEAR: Moschino dress; Stuart Weitzman shoes 

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WHO: Kim Petras

WEAR: Collina Strada