At Met Gala 2021, politics takes centre-stage

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The Met Gala is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Costume Institute of New York Metropolis’s Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, which is shortly known as the Met. The gala, helps to fund the Institute’s exhibitions and its acquisitions of recent gadgets. Formally, it’s known as the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork Costume Institute Profit.

This yr’s Met Gala, nevertheless, witnessed crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters exterior, and a vaccine mandate inside. The much-delayed occasion lastly went forward in New York on Monday night. Often held on the primary Monday in Could, it was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, and postponed this yr for a similar motive.

The theme for the occasion was “American independence”. The hosts included singer Billie Eilish, tennis participant Naomi Osaka, actor Timothée Chalamet and poet Amanda Gorman.

The annual fundraiser additionally marks the opening of the institute’s main annual exhibition, In America : A Lexicon of Style, which was evidently extra political than ordinary this yr.

Politics confirmed up on the pink carpet too, with celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Congress girl, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wore outfits that have been message-driven and highlighted points like revenue and gender inequality.