Tatler’s Haute List: Dramatic Trains Are Back, as the Met Gala 2021 Proves
Halfway through the 2021 Met Gala, it struck me: was it just me, or did the gowns seem to get bigger this year? Of course, what caught my eye was the extravagant yards of fabric—silk, tulle, chiffon—that seemed to trail for eons after the celebrities who took their turn on the red carpet.
Yes, dramatic trains are back—and with a vengeance. No less than 20 celebrities sported some sort of look with an accompanying train, both male and female, I might add. Key standouts of the night included Ciara’s lime green (trés current season) sequinned look (an ode to American football), Jeremy Pope’s fabulous all-white ensemble, singer Rosalía’s full leather Rick Owens number, and Kim Kardashian’s equally attention grabbing and detracting Balenciaga couture outfit.
It behooves us to wonder: did all the designers collectively decide on making the train the number one must have in red carpet dressing this season? Rihanna may have pioneered the look on the Met Gala red carpet in 2015 with her Guo Pei cape, but this year, the celebrities have taken it to extremes.
Take for example Simone Biles’s 88 pounds dress, dreamed up by the geniuses behind Area, which was hand-embellished with Swarovski crystals and took over 6,650 hours to complete, reports Vogue. On the other end of the train spectrum, Billie Eilish’s frothy, peach Oscar de la Renta gown boasted hundreds of yards of tulle that made an impact on the steps of the Met.
Scroll through our gallery of best trains from the night, and get inspired for the moment when we’re all able to head out to galas again when the social season rolls around.
Karlie Kloss and Wes Gordon