The 2019 Met Gala’s “Camp” theme still had a prominent influence on many of this year’s attendees, but many of those who understood the 2021 Met Gala’s “In America” assignment took inspiration from some of history’s most influential stars. Much like Yara Shahidi showing up in a head-to-toe Dior outfit inspired by Josephine Baker, model Anok Yai also gave a nod to the 1920s entertainer and civil rights activist. Channeling pique “Old Hollywood” glam, Anok posed on the Costume Institute steps in a figure-hugging Oscar de La Renta dress from the Spring 2022 collection. While Anok and Yara’s outfits couldn’t have been more different, both paid an honorable tribute to the Jazz Age star.
Described as a “skimming celestial crystal gown” by the Oscar de La Renta Instagram page, the dress features a plunging neckline and crystal designs in the shape of flowers and stars. Stylist Carlos Nazario paired the look with Giuseppe Zanotti heels, matching sheer black opera gloves, and an oversized shawl bursting with black feathers, which Anok pulled off effortlessly. Looking left or looking right the model nailed every single pose and came out looking like a star in her own right from every angle. Prepare to be dazzled by Anok’s crystal-covered dress and impeccable poses ahead.