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image source, Getty Imagesimage captionSinger Billie Eilish, who co-hosted the event, drew comparisons with Marilyn Monroe

The Met Gala – one of fashion's biggest and starriest events – has rolled out its red carpet in New York for some of the planet's best-known celebrities.

Held to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, the Gala returns after being delayed last year due to the pandemic.

And although its famous guests must follow Covid-19 rules, including wearing masks indoors, that hasn't stopped many going for all-out glamour.

This year's costume theme is "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," – and the looks were inspired by everything from the Matrix film franchise to the Statue of Liberty.

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The ball is being co-hosted by pop star Billie Eilish, tennis player Naomi Osaka, actor Timothée Chalamet and poet Amanda Gorman.

image source, Getty Imagesimage captionEilish was accompanied by her brother, Finneas O'Connell, who donned an all-red suit and sequined face coveringimage source, Getty Imagesimage captionActor Timothée Chalamet donned a white silk suit and high-topsimage source, Getty Imagesimage captionCo-host Naomi Osaka showed off a colourful Louis Vuitton dress and elaborate hairstyle – said to be a nod to her Haitian and Japanese heritageimage source, Getty Imagesimage caption23-year-old poet Amanda Gorman, who read a work at President Biden's inauguration, was another co-host. She chose her Vera Wang dress and crystal headpiece to channel "a re-imagined Statue of Liberty"image source, Getty Imagesimage captionBlondie singer Debbie Harry embraced the theme in denim and a voluminous stars-and-stripes skirtimage source, Getty Imagesimage captionRapper Lil Nas X first served up a regal robe…image source, Getty Imagesimage caption…which he whipped off to reveal a golden suit of Versace armour…image source, Getty Imagesimage caption…which he shed for a sequined bodysuitimage source, Getty Imagesimage captionMeanwhile musician Grimes brought along a sword to the festivitiesimage source, Getty Imagesimage captionKim Kardashian's look spawned a series of memes on social media

One of the most talked-about looks of the night came from the publicity machine that is Kim Kardashian – who covered her face and body in an all-enveloping black outfit.

The custom design was devised by Demna Gvasalia, the creative director of fashion house Balenciaga.

image source, Getty Imagesimage captionSinger Jennifer Hudson, 40, wore an eye-catching red dress and capeimage source, Getty Imagesimage captionVogue chief Dame Anna Wintour, who oversees the event, wore an Oscar de la Renta dress in tribute to the late designer

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