Black Designers Are Having a Big Night at the Met Gala, and I'm So Here For It
After a yearlong hiatus, the 2021 Met Gala is back with all the allure. The theme, "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion," invites guests to interpret what it means to be an American through their looks. All the celebrities, media personalities, and influential figures in attendance have a unique chance to uplift the communities they identify with. In today's times, this call for individual expression and togetherness couldn't resonate more.
It then feels fitting to expect a diverse range of designers showcased on the red carpet. Black designers are having a big night, and I honestly love to see it. They have long set trends and influenced mainstream ways of dressing, and this recognition is long overdue. We've been keeping track of the guests wearing Black designs, so scroll on for the running list.
Sha'Carri Richardson in Theophilio
In a look "inspired by a phoenix," Sha'Carri Richardson made her Met Gala debut in Jamaican-born designer Theophilio. As the sprinter explained in an interview on the steps of the museum, "Just showing the world that no matter what you may see at the mud or the ashes, you can always rise up. The red is fire, and always ablaze."
Edvin Thompson and Sha'Carri Richardson in Theophilio
Alton Mason in Theophilio
Alton Mason sparkled in a crisp embellished white suit designed by Theophilio.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Brother Vellies
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's custom dress had an important message: "Tax the Rich." We wouldn't expect anything less from the congresswoman.
Keke Palmer in Sergio Hudson
Keke Palmer wore a backless, metallic, crystal-encrusted gown by Sergio Hudson.
Megan Rapinoe in Sergio Hudson
Megan Rapinoe suited up in a red silk ensemble, contrasted with a blue silk charmeuse blouse.
Eva Chen in Christopher John Rogers
Eva Chen sported an instantly recognizable, vibrant gown by Christopher John Rogers.
Jordan Alexander in Christopher John Rogers
Jordan Alexander made a statement in a corset-style gown that flowed into a colorful tiered hem by Christopher John Rogers.
Ilana Glazer in Aliétte by Jason Rembert
Ilana Glazer rocked a custom, tulle Aliétte gown with feathered sleeves by founder Jason Rembert.
Kehlani in Aliétte by Jason Rembert
Kehlani bedazzled everyone with a shiny crystal-encrusted (70,000, to be exact) suit, featuring a cropped blazer and slouchy yet flattering pants.
Kerby Jean-Raymond in Pyer Moss
Kerby Jean-Raymond wore his own design in an eye-catching all-red sharp suit.