Edits by: Shelton Boyd-Griffith.

While the Met Gala is quintessentially the fashion Oscars, at its core, it’s a charitable event centered around endowment for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Often the coinciding fashion exhibitions incorporate artwork as part of the curatorial theme; 2019’s iteration, Camp: Notes on Fashion, included works by Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe, alongside gowns by Mugler and Versace. We saw this translate to the gala (pink) carpet, with attendees channeling historical and contemporary interpretations of camp-based art into ensembles. This year, there were a few looks that instantly made us think of some famous works of art from Lupita’s literal inspiration from collagist Lorna Simpson, to Gabrielle Union’s Iris van Herpen look that harkens the essence of a Richard Sweeney paper sculpture. Since the event takes place at a museum, and the worlds of fashion and art often intertwine, we thought we would pair up a few of our favorite 2021 Met Gala looks with their art doppelgängers.

Check out our mini curated exhibit, inspired by some 2021 Met Gala looks, below:

lupita x lorna simpson:

Work: ‘Touching’, by Lorna Simpson. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Worth.

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Lupita Nyong’o wearing Versace. Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage.

ciara x esmaa mohamoud:

Work: ‘One of The Boys’, by Esmaa Mohamoud, 2017-2019. Courtesy of artist and Georgia Scherman Projects.  

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Ciara wearing Dundas. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue.

troye sivan x tom of finland:

Work: ‘Untitled’, sketch by Tom of Finland. 

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Troye Sivan wearing Altu. Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage.

Leon Bridges x deana lawson:

Work: ‘Cowboys’, by Deana Lawson, 2014. Courtesy of Studio Museum In Harlem.

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Leon Bridges wearing Bode. Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage.

Kim petras x picasso:

Work: Horse Head, Sketch for “Guernica”, by Pablo Picasso, 1937. 

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Kim Petras wearing Collina Strada. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

karlie x georgia o’keeffe:

Work: ‘Red Canvas’, by Georgia O’keeffe, 1927. 

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Karlie wearing Carolina Herrera. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue.

Jordan Alexander x Gabriel dawe:

Work: ‘Plexus A1’, by Gabriel Dawe, 2016. 

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Jordan Alexander wearing Christopher John Rogers. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

Hailey bieber x John Singer Sargent:

Work: ‘Madame x’, by John Singer Sargent, 1883–84.

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Hailey Bieber wearing Saint Laurent. Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP.

dan x david wojnarowicz:

Work: ‘F*$# You F*@#&%  F*&%#!’, by David Wojnarowicz, 1984.

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Dan Levy wearing Loewe. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

Evan Mock x Fergus Greer:

Work: Leigh Bowery, by Fergus Greer, 1994.

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Evan Mock wearing Thom Browne. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue.

whitney peak x mickalene thomas:

Work: ‘Portrait of Kalena’, by Mickalene Thomas, 2017.

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Whitney Peak wearing Chanel. Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage.

Kim x george condo:

Work: ‘Untitled’, by George Condo, 1985. Courtesy of The Broad.

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Kim Kardashian wearing Balenciaga. Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage
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