Met Gala 2021 a fashion show but at the expense of safety? – The Daily Chronicle of Utah
America, land of celebrities? This year Met Gala centered on the theme of “American independence”. As Gigi Hadid said at the event, “And what better way to celebrate America by really coming together about something that isn’t politics or something like that. It’s just the creativity and the beautiful things that support the Met Museum and teach to our future children and to all who come to New York for a little American style and fashion.
At first glance, I thought it was nice to celebrate art in the context of a country that evokes many mixed emotions. However, with the pandemic continuing to spread around the world, is dressing unmasked the right example to set with America in the spotlight?
Many regular Met Gala attendees were not in attendance due to health and safety concerns, as well as previous commitments. The celebrities and influencers in attendance took the theme in different directions. They went from that of Cara Delevingne outfit stating “Peg the Patriarchy” and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dress saying “Tax the rich” to Lili reinhart with a dress made of flowers from each of the fifty states. There were many Hollywood approaches to the theme, with Kendall jenner pay respects to Audrey hepburn in “My beautiful lady” and Gemma chan to honour Anna may wong.
The group of young co-chairs – Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, Amanda Gorman and Timothée Chalamet – all brought different points of view on American independence. Attendees’ outfits were beautiful as always and while some were more creative than others, they all brought the magic of the fashion world to our little phone screens to be looked at with adoration.
In the age of social media, photos from the Met Gala are featured everywhere and all of the Gala attendees are role models for many around the world. With the COVID-19 pandemic underway, a powerful statement could have been made asking some of the biggest influencers to wear masks throughout the event, but the fact that the reunited unmasked celebrity group feels slightly deaf.
An easy solution to this problem could have been to make the masks mandatory and incorporate them into the costumes as part of the theme. Have a Maria Grazia-Chiuri designed Dior mask on the mat could have set an example of the importance of security measures today and America’s still crucial role in the fight against COVID-19. Using the “American Independence” theme was a choice that might have shown how celebrities weren’t going to grab a free pandemic pass and party.
The Met Gala is an event that is deeply cherished each year and, having not held it last year, the experience has become all the more anticipated. However, the pandemic is not yet near a stopping point and when role models for so many young adults show up at a mass event unmasked, it shows that it is safe to do so, although many regions of the world have higher COVID. -19 rates than ever.
Fashion is something that brings people together – a way of expressing yourself in a unique and alluring way, thus allowing the magic inside people to be exemplified on the outside. I love following the Met Gala every year, but it’s important to recognize that there could have been a great way to organize this event and help the world collect their broken puzzle pieces, whether through the theme or participation bias.