With the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” (in Portuguese, a vocabulary about the expressions of fashion in America), not all the celebrities who attended the Met Gala 2021 were in character. And many turned to European designers, fleeing from pieces by North American designers.
In a sort of repair, the pilot Lewis Hamilton bought a table for the event and invited three designers. Theophilio, Kenneth Nicholson and Jason Rembert shared the table with designers Law Roach, Alton Mason, Kehlani and athletes Miles Chamley-Watson and Sha’Carri Richardson.
Hamilton, who is now a veteran of the Met Ball, explained his decision to turn the spotlight on American talent. “The Met is the biggest fashion event of the year, and for that theme, I wanted to create something that was meaningful and generated a conversation,” she told Vogue. “So that when people see us all together, it will put these black designers at the top of people’s minds.”
For the pilot, both sport and fashion are important markets for inclusion. The seven-time Formula 1 champion created the Hamilton Commission last year to improve the representation of blacks in UK sport.
“We are living in a time when diversity and inclusion are so important, which is why I started this organization within my own sport,” said Hamilton. “I realized that it’s very similar in the fashion industry. A lot of young brands and designers don’t have the same opportunities, so that’s what really made me create.”
Hamilton came to the event in a creation by Kenneth Nicholson, a full-length suit with a full-length lace shirt.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)
The Democratic congresswoman attended the ceremony with a look, to say the least, unusual. In line with the ideals it defends, the white dress was present with the words in red: “Tax the Rich” (tax the rich). In an interview prior to the event, the deputy said that the intention is to debate fiscal support for businesses of black people in the United States. The dress was created by fashion designer Aurora James.
The British model and actress attended the event wearing a vest produced by Maria Grazia Chiuri, from Dior, with the words “Peg the Patriarchy”. “If someone doesn’t know the meaning, they’ll have to do some research. It’s about women’s empowerment and gender equality,” Cara told Vogue.
Chiuri is known for including references to women’s rights in her creations, such as the “We All Should Be Feminists” t-shirts (in translation, we must all be feminists), inspired by the writer Chimamanda Danger Adichie.
In addition to drawing attention when arriving at the event next to Rihanna, one of the most anticipated figures of the night, the rapper was dressed in a patchwork quilt. Seen as a meme on social media, the play has its historical side, as the patchwork was created in the US War of Independence. The rapper’s clothing was produced by American stylist Eli Russell Linnetz.