Every American Icon Referenced on the Met Gala Red Carpet

Billie Eilish wasn’t the only one to pay homage to a silver-screen siren on the red carpet this year


British Vogue’s inimitable June 2021 cover star Billie Eilish channeled none other than Marilyn Monroe for her epic Met Gala moment, brought to life by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta. Layers of wondrous baby-pink tulle, reminiscent of the soft tones seen in her viral Vogue cover shoot, complemented her Monroe-esque hair style, elevated with a gigantic train that covered the Met’s famous steps. 

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Billie Eilish nodded to Marilyn Monroe with her frothy Oscar de la Renta gown.
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And Billie wasn’t the only star to look to the past for her fashion references: Yara Shahidi paid homage to the great Josephine Baker with her encrusted Dior gown – styled by Jason Bolden – complete with a braided headpiece and elbow-length opera gloves.

Bolden was also behind the electrifying gown worn by rousing poet Amanda Gorman. The rising star – who was appointed one of this year’s co-chairs – took to the red carpet in a zingy strapless gown by Vera Wang. When it came to the accessories, the devil was in the detail: “I really wanted to lean into the spirit of the Statue of Liberty,” Gorman told Keke Palmer. Her dazzling laurel crown by Jennifer Behr nodded to her laureate title, while her clutch was in the shape of a book, alike to that held by the monument. 
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This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Alice Cary
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