Diversity shining through at the Met Gala, New York
As an ardent follower of fashion, it was fantastic to see the LGBT+ community represented with such style at this year’s Meta Gala. The theme of this annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art’s Costume Institute was American Independence. Rescheduled from last May, the gala raised an incredible $16.75 million for the institute.
Transgender YouTube star Nikkie de Jager, more often known as NikkieTutorials, impressed, paying homage to activist Marsha P. Johnson. Johnson was an African American gay man and drag artist at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots. A sash in the train of Nikkie’s dress had Johnson’s famous phrase ‘pay it no mind’ woven into it.
And Canadian actor Dan Levy made his Met Gala debut with a powerful ensemble that celebrated gay love. The artist who inspired the outfit was David Wojnarowicz, an AIDS activist who was heavily influenced by his own personal battle with the disease, which he sadly lost in 1992. Levy wanted to “celebrate the resilience, the love, and the joy of the community while honouring a crucial American voice that was taken from us too soon”.
Sporting a black tuxedo and calf-length white lace shirt, Formula One driver Sir Lewis Hamilton added further glamour to this star-studded event. Shining a light on Black talent, he hosted a table for emerging young Black designers and innovators. It’s very difficult for young designers to get involved as the cost of a ticket is eye-watering, but this generous move by Lewis gave them crucial exposure within the fashion industry.