Billie Eilish is serving old Hollywood glam on the red carpet of the 2021 Vogue Met Gala, which she’s co-hosting on Monday evening (Sept. 13).
The dolled-up Happier Than Ever singer arrived wearing a low-cut blush pink tulle gown designed by Oscar de la Renta with an enormous train that gracefully draped over the stairs of the Met, her cropped blond hair sweetly framing her face. Her brother and songwriting partner Finneas, who was dressed head-to-toe in red, accompanied her. The 19-year-old artist’s ensemble is reminiscent of her pinup look from her June 2021 Vogue cover.
“It was time for this,” she told Vogue livestream host Keke Palmer, saying her look was inspired by the holiday Barbie doll. “And I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last few years. … I’ve always wanted to do this. I was just scared and didn’t feel comfortable in my skin, and I feel like I finally did. And it was time.”
The team behind Oscar de la Renta said in a behind-the-scenes video that her Met mood board also featured Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, adding that she wanted to be the “belle of the ball.”
Eilish is one of four co-chairs of the evening, alongside Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.
The annual fashion event was postponed indefinitely in 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the gala is back this year with the theme of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”
Rihanna will host the event’s official afterparty, teaming with hospitality giant Richie Akiva to throw the Met Ball’s private post-gala bash. Rihanna shared the news on her Instagram Story, joking to her followers, “If you planning a MET Ball after party…don’t.”
See Eilish’s 2021 Met Gala look below.