5 Indian Celebrities Who Graced the Met Gala Carpet
Met Gala is a charitable fashion show held every year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, in New York. Instead of yearly themes at the Met Gala, makeup has become a beacon of self-expression over the years in pop culture. While fashion takes the spotlight with its boundary-pushing style, above-the-neck art is equally important in the hierarchy of things. Makeup and hair can make or break a look as it ties in the tints of the fabric and adjusts the ensemble of celebrities according to their couture choices, making it a crucial aspect in the process. By itself the annual Met Gala manages to shine light on some of the best makeup and hair looks in the industry in one day, where artists bring the latest trends for the year ahead.
Indian representation at the Met Gala has been prominent in the last couple of years. Several Indian icons such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, and Natasha Poonawalla have made their presence on the infamous Met steps in avant-garde couture, and it has been a cultural moment for the nation.
As the world awaits to see how their favourite celebrities took to the coveted red carpet to dazzle fashion experts across the globe, here's a glimpse of some of the most glittering red carpet moments produced by Indian celebrities.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas:
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has walked the Met Gala red carpet several times in the most attention-grabbing ensembles. Her Met Gala appearances are legendary, and she manages to up the surprise quotient every year.
Priyanka Chopra attended the Met Gala for the first time in 2017 in a thigh-high Ralph Lauren gown with an upturned collar which spawned many many memes. Her 2017 appearance was also her first official carpet with her now husband Nick Jonas. She attended the 2018 Met looking fabulous in Ralph Lauren once again. In 2019, Priyanka wore an exquisite Dior Haute Couture look with hubby Nick Jonas as her date for the night. In 2019, Chopra made an appearance with her husband, Jonas, where she wore an extravagant silver gown by Dior, styled by Mimi Cuttrell. They described their 2019 appearance as a “full circle” moment for their relationship.
Deepika Padukone made her Met Gala debut in 2017. She donned a Tommy Hilfiger strappy satin gown which featured a slit at the side, a deep V-neckline, and embellishments spread all over on straps and the train. She wore this with heels and studded chandelier earrings. Her hair was styled into a sleek low bun further adorned with a headgear that bore five starry embellished pins. In 2018, she was dressed in Prabal Gurung who accompanied her as her date for the night. It was well accessorized with embellished earrings and ankle-strap red stilettos rounded it up. In 2019, She appeared in a metallic pink gown resembling a Barbie Doll. The look was custom Zac Posen. Portraying an Indian Barbie at the Met Gala in 2019, Padukone brought the finesse in her powder pink Zac Posen gown and the drama with her vibrant eye makeup and lip combination. The striking purple and pink blended eyeshadow not only accentuates the shape of the eyes but also brings out the deep burgundy tint on her lips. As for the gravity-defying updo, the voluminous high-ponytail is a statement on its own.
Natasha Poonawalla, socialite and wife of Serum Institute head Adar Poonawalla, walked the red carpet for the first time in 2018. The philanthropist and businesswoman complemented her Prabal Gurung illustrative gown at the Met Gala in 2018 with professionally blow-dried hair tucked in place for a voluminous look and highlighted cheekbones with a classic red lip. This ensemble is a lesson in Poonawalla's vibrant and daring style. She wore a white Dolce And Gabbana gown. In 2019, She wore a crystal-embellished custom Dundas dress with a detachable blue skirt.
Isha Ambani, the daughter of billionaire Mukesh Ambani made her first Met Gala appearance in 2017. Businesswoman and modern-day heiress Isha is no stranger to the Met Gala. As a supporter of the Fine Arts, Ambani's presence at one of the biggest events hosted to celebrate the legacy of fashion comes as no surprise.
In 2017, she wore a nude dress from Maria Grazia’s debut collection for Dior. Loose, long locks, and minimal makeup, Isha was setting a minimalistic trend of her own in her applique attire with pearls and leaves on it. She accessorized the elegant ensemble with a couple of rings and a moon-embossed box clutch. The young businesswoman later appeared in 2019 wearing a lavender Prabal Gurung couture gown with embroidered feathers. Isha’s lilac gown with a plunging neckline featured beautiful feather detailing all over the shoulders and body of the dress, as well as embellishments on the torso of the gown. She accessorized her outfit with an exquisite diamond necklace, a stack of stunning rings and drop earrings. For her hairdo, Isha kept it simple with loose open curls. She added just the perfect amount of oomph to her look with dramatic kohl eyes, shimmery eyeshadow, nude lipstick, and glowing bronze-hued highlighter to round off her look perfectly.
Lilly Singh, who got her start on YouTube, walked the 2019 red carpet in a gradient gown inspired by lily flowers as her name suggests. Off-carpet Singh prefers a more understated look, but at the Met Gala in 2018, the comedian and author transformed into a floral enigma. The ombré pink and purple gown represented the overlapping of flower petals, and her makeup was moulded around it. With pink draped blush and similar eyeshadow, the look is a lesson in over-the-top beauty. Her waist-length black hair woven with orchids and violets was the ideal way to attract attention to the face and dress, yet exude chicness. Singh’s massive ballroom gown was inspired by lilies – the flower her name is inspired from. Singh went for a large braided ponytail which was adorned with matching flowers.
Indian representation at the Met Gala has been prominent since the year 2017. Indian-origin celebrities continue to serve their best expressive ensembles. Our Indian beauties have been slaying in these last couple of years. We hope to see more Indian Representation at the Met Gala in the upcoming years with the development of fashion and design in the country and the rise in the position of Indian Celebrities globally.
Written by- Titiksha