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It may not be the first Monday in May – or even the first Monday in September, for that matter – but after last year’s Met Gala cancellation and the eighteen months of various national lockdowns that followed, tonight’s red carpet brings with it a very welcome form of escapism as we celebrate the biggest night in the fashion calendar.

Marking the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, this year’s Met Gala theme, which traditionally follows on from that of the exhibition itself, is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

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Encouraging a celebration of American designers, according to Vogue the theme will also welcome nods to cultural, political and social events that have occurred during the pandemic. “I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” explained Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, “and I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective.”

“I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a Renaissance. I think young designers, in particular, are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”

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So who are we looking forward to seeing on tonight’s red carpet? While the guest list is no doubt a slimmed down affair due to the ongoing pandemic and subsequent guideline, with Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka co-chairing the event, one thing we do know is that there’ll be a wealth of epic looks.

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Scroll down to take a look at all the sensational fashion moments as soon as they hit the red carpet…

For more from Glamour UK’s Fashion Editor Charlie Teather, follow her on Instagram @charlieteather.