Met Gala 2021 red carpet watch LIVE – Start time hours away as fashion parade returns with new theme after 2020 canceled

THE Met Gala is set to return tonight after Covid caused the 2020 event to be canceled.

With a closely guarded guest list and intensely coveted tickets, this year’s Met Gala marks the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary. The festivities get underway at 5:30pm.

Considered fashion’s biggest night, A-list guests from music, film, TV, and beyond are encouraged to embrace the theme of the new exhibition each year as they slowly make their way up the museum’s red-carpeted stairs.

Interpretation is everything when it comes to how they dress — and how they enter.

The official dress code this year is “American Independence,” which leaves plenty of wiggle room for interpretation.

Ahead of this year's event, it has been revealed Khloe Kardashian was "banned" from the Met Gala for "being too C-list".

Vogue's Editor in Chief Anna Wintour is said to regard the reality TV favorite as "too C-list" for the red carpet.

Read our Met Gala 2021 live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    WHO DESIGNED KIM K'S 'WET DRESS'?

    Mugler hadn't designed a collection of his own before 2003, but he stepped out of retirement to design the gown for the reality star.

    "He envisioned me as this California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping,” Kim said when interviewed by Vogue on the Met red carpet.

    The dress received rave reviews from fashion critics.

    In a trailer for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim said that her dress was so tight that she struggled to go to the bathroom.

    She said that she could hardly sit down, and that she would've needed to enlist the help of her sisters if there was a bladder emergency.

    "If I gotta pee, it's a problem," Kim said.

    "Can you just wear a diaper?" someone in the room joked in the clip.

    "I think if it's an emergency, I would pee my pants and then have my sister wipe my leg up," she said, completely straight-faced. "I'm not even joking. She can wipe my leg up."

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    KIM KARDASHIAN'S 'WET DRESS'?

    Designed by Thierry Mugler, Kim's skin-tight dress was designed to appear as if she had just stepped out of the ocean.

    The dress, which was made out of latex and adorned with beads to resemble water droplets, took eight months to complete according to W Magazine.

    The mom-of-four wore a tight, custom-made corset by famed corset maker Mr Pearl to execute the illusion of a tiny waist.

    Her hair was waved and laid with gel to further add to the 'wet' look.

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    2019 THEME

    The theme for the 2019 Met Gala was "Camp: Notes on Fashion." Camp, by fashion definition, is an "aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value."

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    CAN DONALD TRUMP ATTEND THE MET GALA?

    During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Wintour said she would never invite Donald Trump back to the event.

    Trump always used to attend the event, and he even proposed to his wife Melania at the Met Gala in 2004.

    According to Newsweek, "Trump proposed with a 13-karat diamond ring worth almost $3million – but he quickly informed people he got the ring for half-price."

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    IS KHLOE KARDASHIAN BANNED FROM THE MET GALA?

    Unlike her famous sister, Khloe is banned from the Met Gala for "being too too C-list," according to sources. She and older sister Kourtney, have yet to be invited to the Super Bowl of fashion.

    Anna Wintour allegedly said that the mother of one is "too C-list" in comparison to the other talent gracing the red carpet outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Khloe still supports her sisters, Kim, Kylie and Kendall's attendance and lavish outfits. "I seriously cannot get over how incredible my sisters look tonight! I'm dreaming of them!" she tweeted in 2019 during the last Met Gala.

  • Julia Fields

    KIM KARDASHIAN WAS ONCE BANNED FROM THE MET GALA

    Kim Kardashian was actually banned from The Met Gala.

    In 2012, an insider reportedly told Radar Online that “Anna hates Kim."

    "Why would she be invited to the event? It is all the biggest stars in the world, and Kim doesn’t fit that bill at all,” the insider told the outlet.

    However, Wintour's opinion has since changed, as Kim has been spotted at the Gala every year and is one of the most-loved attendees.

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    WHO IS BANNED FROM THE MET GALA?

    Author and television personality Tim Gunn enjoyed attending Met Galas until 2006 when his invitation got rescinded indefinitely.

    Gunn was banned after he publicly joked about when he saw Anna Wintour getting carried down the stairs at a fashion show by two sizable bodyguards.

    "I was asked what is the most unforgettable thing I've ever seen in fashion, And I said it's easy, it was watching Anna Wintour being carried down five flights of stairs by two bodyguards from a fashion show," he told E!'s “Fashion Police."

    After disclosing his most "unforgettable" fashion memory to Page Six, Vogue asked him to retract his statement, but he refused, leading him shunned from the Met Gala.

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    THEME

    This year’s Met Gala theme is a celebration of American fashion, so look out for plenty of star-spangled styles throughout the evening.

    “American Independence” is listed as the official dress code, and this can mean anything from splashy, red-white-and-blue looks to more discreet wear made in the U.S.

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    HOW TO WATCH THE LIVE STREAM

    To watch the official live stream, visit Vogue's post here or watch it on their official Twitter page: twitter.com/voguemagazine.

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    LIVE STREAM THE EVENT

    The Met Gala live stream will begin on Monday, September 13, at 5.30pm and will be hosted by two special guests: actor and recording artist Keke Palmer and director Ilana Glazer.

    For folks in the UK, The Met Gala live stream will begin at 10.30pm BST.

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    PART TWO OF THE MET GALA

    Part two, An Anthology of Fashion, will open May 5, 2022, in the period rooms of the museum’s American Wing.

    A second Met Gala will take place on May 2, 2022, to mark the opening of part two of the exhibit.

    The exhibit is expected to run through September 5, 2022.

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    WHEN IS THE MET GALA 2021?

    As mentioned, fashion's biggest night had to be postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, the Met Gala will go ahead TONIGHT (September 13, 2021).

    After the big event the Met Museum will feature a two-part costume exhibit, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and In America: An Anthology of Fashion in the Fall of 2021.

    Part one of the exhibit will open on September 18 at the Met's Anna Wintour Costume Center, marking the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary.

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