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The Met Gala – one of fashion’s biggest and starriest events – has rolled out its red carpet in New York for some of the planet’s best-known celebrities.

Held to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the Gala returns after being delayed last year due to the pandemic.

And although its famous guests must follow Covid-19 rules, including wearing masks indoors, that hasn’t stopped many going for all-out glamour.

This year’s costume theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” – and the looks were inspired by everything from the Matrix film franchise to the Statue of Liberty.

The ball is being co-hosted by pop star Billie Eilish, tennis player Naomi Osaka, actor Timothée Chalamet and poet Amanda Gorman.

Mindy Kaling in a blue gown

Kristen Stewart evoked retro Barbie vibes

A$AP Rocky and girlfriend Rihanna

Grimes brought along a sword to the festivities


Frank Ocean carrying his green robotic doll

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned heads with a dress emblazoned with the words Tax the Rich

Serena Williams grabbed attention in a Gucci bodysuit beneath a floor-length feather cape

Kim Kardashian covered her face and body in an all-enveloping black outfit

Rapper Lil Nas X first served up a regal robe which he whipped off to reveal a golden suit of Versace armour, which he again shed for a sequined bodysuit

Amanda Gorman wore a Vera Wang dress and crystal headpiece to channel a re-imagined Statue of Liberty

Tennis’s newest star, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu who won the US Open just days ago

Naomi Osaka wore a colourful Louis Vuitton dress and elaborate hairstyle inspired by her Haitian and Japanese heritage

Actor Timothée Chalamet donned a white silk suit by Haider Ackermann

Finneas O’Connell chose an all-red suit and sequined face covering

Singer Billie Eilish drew comparisons with Marilyn Monroe