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Back in fashion … Billie Eilish lights up Met Gala

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The most glamorous and outrageous event of the fashion world returned on Monday night with the annual fundraiser at the Metropolit­an Museum of Art in New York.

Billie Eilish, the youngest co-chair in Met Gala history, was joined by fashion designers, models, celebritie­s and – to some controvers­y – TikTok stars on the steps at the Metropolit­an Museum of Art in New York for the pandemic-delayed Costume Institute fundraiser on Monday night. This year’s theme was “American independen­ce”, leaving plenty of room for interpreta­tion. Just ask the rapper Lil Nas X, who did a Lady Gaga-esque three-look strip on the stairway in gold Versace, bringing together an opera cape, knightly armour and a crystal-studded catsuit in one.

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 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY ?? Kim Kardashian West, one of the most recognisab­le women in the world, covers up in Balenciaga
PHOTOGRAPH: MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY Kim Kardashian West, one of the most recognisab­le women in the world, covers up in Balenciaga
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 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: GILBERT CARRASQUIL­LO/ GC IMAGES ?? ▲ The tennis
star Naomi Osaka honoured her Japanese and Haitian roots with her Met Gala costume
PHOTOGRAPH: GILBERT CARRASQUIL­LO/ GC IMAGES ▲ The tennis star Naomi Osaka honoured her Japanese and Haitian roots with her Met Gala costume
 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: MATT BARON/REX/ SHUTTERSTO­CK ?? British tennis champ Emma Raducanu, fresh from her US Open women’s singles triumph, enjoying her new celebrity
PHOTOGRAPH: MATT BARON/REX/ SHUTTERSTO­CK British tennis champ Emma Raducanu, fresh from her US Open women’s singles triumph, enjoying her new celebrity
 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: MATT BARON/REX/ SHUTTERSTO­CK ?? Tennis stars abounded at the Met Gala, including Serena Williams in a ‘superheroi­nspired’ Gucci bodysuit
PHOTOGRAPH: MATT BARON/REX/ SHUTTERSTO­CK Tennis stars abounded at the Met Gala, including Serena Williams in a ‘superheroi­nspired’ Gucci bodysuit
 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS ?? ▼ The Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy used his costume for the Met Gala to make a statement about marriage equality
PHOTOGRAPH: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS ▼ The Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy used his costume for the Met Gala to make a statement about marriage equality
 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES ?? The US rapper Lil Nas X is resplenden­t in gold armour as he arrives for the 2021 Met Gala on Monday night
PHOTOGRAPH: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES The US rapper Lil Nas X is resplenden­t in gold armour as he arrives for the 2021 Met Gala on Monday night
 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: JAMIE MCCARTHY/MG21/ GETTY/VOGUE ?? ▲ The New York congresswo­man Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brought politics to the party with a ‘Tax the rich’ message
PHOTOGRAPH: JAMIE MCCARTHY/MG21/ GETTY/VOGUE ▲ The New York congresswo­man Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brought politics to the party with a ‘Tax the rich’ message
 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: STEPHEN LOVEKIN/ REX/SHUTTERSTO­CK ?? Music legend Debbie Harry takes the ‘American independen­ce’ theme of this year’s Met Gala to heart
PHOTOGRAPH: STEPHEN LOVEKIN/ REX/SHUTTERSTO­CK Music legend Debbie Harry takes the ‘American independen­ce’ theme of this year’s Met Gala to heart
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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky wearing outfits designed by Balenciaga and Eli Russell Linnetz
PHOTOGRAPH: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/GETTY ▲ Music stars Rihanna and A$AP Rocky wearing outfits designed by Balenciaga and Eli Russell Linnetz

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