Asian Artists at the 2021 Met Gala’s Red Carpet

October 11, 2021 | 4030 Visits


The Asian community has been quite lacking in terms of red carpet appearances for the longest time. The rather conservative peninsula has slowly been opening up to the world while using the opportunity to share its intricate cultures. 2021 has seen the biggest number of artists with Asian roots take the Met Gala’s red carpet by storm. The term artist, in this case, generally refers to one who creates art by use of creative imagination or conscious skill. Below are some of the Asian artists who showed up for the 2021 Met Gala’s red carpet.


1. CL

The legendary K-Pop female rapper made a stunning appearance on the red carpet wearing Alexander Wang, a piece that took the denim look a notch higher. The hanbok-enthused silhouette off-shoulder denim coat was a reminiscent of the traditional Korean hanbok owing to its design and signature knot; with two long straps, on the dresses top portion. The Korean ambience was accentuated by CL’s unique hairstyle enthused by a traditional Korean headpiece that used to be worn by individuals of influence, mostly queens.



2. Eva Chen

The fashionable Eva made yet another triumph at her lifelong career of making heads turn with her styles. Eva showed up at the Met Gala in Christopher John Rogers’s flamboyant block gown. The low off-shoulder frock of many colors elegantly displayed the diva’s collar bones, which were accentuated by the sleek short hair do. The bold and warm colored gown with a substantive satin organza train was heightened by the contrasting checkered opera gloves.


3. Naomi Osaka

The tennis legend represented her multicultural Haitian-Japanese-American heritage at the Met Gala in Luis Vuitton. Created by a collaboration of Naomi’s sister Mari and Luis Vuitton’s Nicholas Ghesquire, the divine outfit comprised a blend of Japanese-inspired clothing and koi fish graphic print. The light strapped black covers of dripping layers complemented the chic dress with the obi-enthused belt signature completing the look. The unique hairdo and modern Japanese “Geisha makeup” added up to Osaka’s overall multicultural statement.


4. Rose

Blackpink girl band’s Rose crushed her Met Gala debut in Yves Saint Laurent. The K-Pop diva rocked in a classic black mini dress accentuated by a creative bow rapping around her bust. The contrasting black and white colored gear, which flaunted the diva’s curves, brought out Rose’s striking Asian pale white skin color. The complementing black heels further accentuated Rose’s long legs resulting in the overall simple yet perfect K-Pop idol look.


5. Saweetie

The Filipino-African-American hit maker made quite an appearance in a gown representing her deeply diversified heritage. The Christian Cowan elegant red gown; caressing the artist’s body into an art piece, turned heads as the diva gracefully rocked the red carpet. The gown contained countless hand-placed crystals and a train whose theme colors root from the Filipino and African-American flags thus representing Saweetie’s heritage.


6. Evan Mock

The Gossip Girl actor of Filipino-American descent paraded his tattooed thighs at the Met Gala in Thom Brown. The most striking fashion statement by Evan was his full leather face mask adorned with metal spikes. The rock-star and metal theme flowed throughout his outfit with striking silver rings and a dark blue short suit; whose blazer rocked a ring of safety pins artistically woven around the arms and waistline.


7. Simu Liu

The actor; cast in the Legend of the Ten Rings among others, of Chinese descent showed up at the Met Gala in Fendi. Simu gracefully sported a white-on-white top look paired with a fitting slim black trouser and black shoes. The signature thin black outlines along the edges of the white shirt and double breasted jacket perfected the design’s elegance.


8. Olivia Rodrigo

The latest VMA’s Best New Artist award winner of Filipino-American decent stomped the Met Gala in Yves Saint Laurent. The all-black sheer lace outfit with a rock-enthused look got heads turning. The lace gave a see-through impression with the off-shoulder jumpsuit’s bust area covered in a fluffy black feathery piece while an inner black underclothing covered the essentials. The black open heels, silver ornaments, simple makeup with a light touch of lipstick, black finger and toe-dos, and a laid back hairdo complemented Olivia’s all-black theme.


9. Sunisa Lee

Lee, a Laos-Korean-American 2020 Olympic Gold medal gymnastics’ attended the MET Gala in an ethereal gold outfit whose overall theme was a tribute to her hard work towards winning gold in 2021 Tokyo’s Olympics. The two-piece outfit; with the top accentuated with gold baubles around the arm and collar, low gold open heels, gold hair band, and a complementing nail-do brought out the vibrant and glorious look.


10. Gemma Chan

Gemma an actress of Chinese descent, born in London, graced the 2021’s Met Gala in Prabal Gurung; a Nepalese-American designer. The black sequin short dress with silver pearls; running diagonally from one end of the bust to just below the hip and creatively adding some sense of Chinese-enthuse character to the outfit. The dress is completed by an attached pastel green train which gives the outfit a flawless chicness. The complementing black stilettos accentuated with silver studs, silver necklace and earrings, and silver rings perfects Gemma’s overall elegance.


—-P. Earlkh


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