It is arguably the crown jewel of social events in the world.
And she’s considered rock royalty as the legendary lead singer and face of Blondie.
So it comes at no surprise that Debbie Harry made a splash when she hit the red carpet of the 2021 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday – especially to those those who ran in the underground music scene through the mid-1970s and beyond.
Patriotic: Debbie Harry, 76, nailed this year’s Met Gala theme – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – decked out in a custom and unique Zac Posen number
Harry, 76, nailed this year’s Met Gala theme – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – decked out in a custom and unique Zac Posen number.
The bell-shaped skirt of red and white stripes resembled a tattered American flag with its colors attached to a wire-like frame.
And in a clever designing choice, she donned a deep blue denim jacket, to represent the blue section of the American flag, albeit, without the white stars .
Living up to her band’s iconic name, Harry rocked her trademark platinum blonde tresses, which were styled shoulder-length, with added waves that would be the envy of screen legends of yesteryear, and a part on the left.
One of a kind: The bell-shaped skirt of red and white stripes resembled a tattered American flag with its colors attached to a wire-like frame; the blue denim jacket represented the blue section of the American flag, albeit, without the white stars
Working the cameras: The Blondie frontwoman also shared the spotlight of the red carpet with her number’s designer Zac Posen, who opted for a more formal black tuxedo
At one point, she shared the the spotlight of the red carpet with Posen. Over the years, the New York City native, 40, has designed gowns and dresses for the likes of Glenn Close, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Sofia Vergara, Anna Chlumsky and Rita Ora, among others.
The Met Gala, which is formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.
Considered the fashion world’s equivalent of the Oscars, the event marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit.
Blondie: Harry lived up to her band’s iconic name by rocking her trademark platinum blonde tresses, styled in a retro look that would be the envy of screen legends of yesteryear
Legendary: Considered the fashion world’s equivalent of the Oscars, the Met Gala marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit
It makes perfect sense that Harry choose a somewhat worn and tattered touch to her ensemble, since she and her band Blondie came out of the rugged streets of Downtown Manhattan, and rolled among the art and fashion scenes of the time.
She co-founded the group in 1974 with guitarist Chris Stein, who eventually became her longtime romantic partner.
Despite their underground status alongside bands and artists like The Ramones, Talking Heads and Richard Hell, Blondie would hit big with heir seminal album Parrallel Lines (1978).
Parallel Lines contains the hits Heart Of Glass, Picture This and Hanging on the Telephone, among others, and set off a run of other hit tunes from the band in the 1980s.
Iconic: Harry and her legendary band Blondie helped bridge the gap of punk and new wave in the 1970s and 80s, while also diving into the art and fashion scenes of NYC
Punk roots: Harry and Blondie initially rolled in circles with underground and punk bands, but the band would hit it big with the=eir album Parallel Lines (1078); she is pictured with Billy Idol