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We’re used to seeing trends disappear and reappear throughout time. From scrunchies to flared  jeans and everything in between, designers and trend-setters are in a never-ending cycle of reviving old fashion trends, and what better place could there be to honour the past than on fashion’s biggest event of the year? This year, the Met Gala’s theme was In America: A Lexicon for Fashion,” and several celebrities left us reminiscing on some of our favourite stars and looks from the past. Below, Grazia rounds up the most nostalgic looks with references from the past.

Jennifer Hudson in AZ Factory, inspired by Aretha Franklin

Just a month after the release of RESPECT, a film honouring the life of the late Aretha Franklin where Jennifer Hudson plays the role of the icon, she walked down the white carpet channeling Franklin.


Kaia Gerber in Oscar de la Renta, inspired by Bianca Jagger

The model and book club hostess showed up to the 2021 Met Gala in a stunning black gown inspired by actress and activist Bianca Jagger, who wore an almost identical gown by Dior back at the 1981 Met Gala.

Yara Shahidi in Dior, inspired by Josephine Baker

The actress dazzled in a Dior couture gown and gloves, mirroring American-French entertainer Josephine Baker’s iconic look performing on Broadway back in 1951.

Kendall Jenner in Givenchy, inspired by Audrey Hepburn

The supermodel strutted down the carpet in a glistening Givenchy sheer gown which resembled the late Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress in her 1964 film My Fair Lady.

Emily Blunt in Miumiu, inspired by Hedy Lamarr

The actress shined bright with a magnificent headpiece covered in stars, as an ode Hedy Lamar’s 1941 film Ziegfeld Girl.

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