Poet Amanda Gorman’s purse included a subtle patriotic message.
Gorman wore a bright-blue dress that she said was inspired by the Statue of Liberty.
Her patriotic look included a book-shaped clutch printed with the words “Give Us Your Tired,” a reference to the poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus. The poem is displayed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
Gorman also wore a silver laurel wreath in her hair as a nod to her poetic roots.
Billie Eilish needed help moving around in her gown.
Eilish wowed in a peach Oscar de la Renta ball gown with a train so long and heavy that five people had to help her move.
The 19-year-old singer told The New York Times that she agreed to wear the Oscar de la Renta gown only after the brand agreed to stop using fur in its designs.
Kaia Gerber replicated a Met Gala look from 40 years ago.
Gerber greeted photographers at the Met Gala in a chic, black Oscar de la Renta gown. The dress featured a fitted bodice with cut-out floral details.
Gerber told Vogue that her style inspiration was a very similar gown worn by Bianca Jagger at the 1981 Met Gala. Jagger’s gown was designed by legendary New York designer Halston.
To complete the fashion flashback, Gerber’s hair was styled in short waves like Jagger’s.
If you look closely, Timothée Chalamet was actually wearing sweatpants.
A closer look at Chalamet’s ensemble shows that the actor actually paired a Rick Owens top and Haider Ackermann blazer with a pair of white sweatpants.
Chalamet also stayed comfortable with a pair of white Converse sneakers.
Maisie Williams’ look was inspired by “The Matrix.”
Williams wore a dramatic black ensemble with sparking tights and glittery accents.
The “Game of Thrones” actress told E! that her look was inspired by “The Matrix” films she watched growing up.
The stripes of crystals reference lines of code and Williams also sported intensely green nails that matched a stone in her necklace.
Dan Levy’s map-covered look featured two men kissing.
Levy wore an impactful outfit by Jonathan Anderson that featured an image of two men kissing on the front.
The “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator and star told Vanity Fair that his look was a nod to artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz, as well as a celebration of queer love.
Elliot Page wore a green flower, which could be a nod to a queer symbol.
Page attended the gala in a sleek black suit with a green flower.
According to Yahoo! Life, his inclusion of this floral accent may be referencing the queer symbol of the green carnation, a flower said to be worn by legendary 19th-century writer Oscar Wilde to subtly express his homosexuality.
As Insider’s Mikhaila Friel noted, per Oscar Wilde Tours, “despite the flower being popular with Parisians who identified as gay during this time, there is little evidence to suggest the symbolism of the flower.”
Page announced he is transgender in December 2020.
Gemma Chan’s dress referenced an iconic Chinese-American actress.
Gemma Chan’s outfit was a nod to Anna May Wong, who is considered to be the first Chinese-American actress to garner major international acclaim.
Chan’s minidress featured a lime-green back and a sequined dragon, channeling the look of a similar dress worn by Wong in the 1934 crime film “Limehouse Blues.”
Chan was born in England after her parents emigrated from China.
Lil Nas X wore three different outfits.
In a fantastic feat of layering, Lil Nas X showed off three entirely different outfits on the red carpet.
The musician arrived in a regal golden cape by Atelier Versace. He then shed his outerwear to reveal a full suit of gold armor.
Finally, Lil Nas X removed the armor and finished his grand entrance in a sparkling gold-and-brown bodysuit.