Yara Shahidi at MET Gala 2021

Stylist: Jason Bolden assisted by John Mumblo
Outfit: custom Dior Haute Couture by Maria Grazia Chiuri
Tailor: Nanaz x Tailorhere
Makeup Artist: Emily Cheng using Dior Makeup
Aesthetician: Dr. Barbara Sturm x Iván Pol  
Hairstylist: Fesa Nu
Manicurist: Eri Ishizu assisted by Misa Matsumura using Dior Beauty
Shoes: Dior
Jewelry: Cartier

We can finally start with the coverage of this year’s MET Gala, and for all of you avid readers out there, there will be a lot to entertain you with. Let’s start with the Black goddess Yara Shahidi.

Shahidi looked magnificent in a custom Dior Haute Couture dress, topped with a gold tulle cloak. The brown silk strapless gown was embroidered by Vermont Paris with sequins and crystals using needle and tambour techniques. Matching gloves and gold Dior sandals were also part of the look.

Courtesy of Sophie Carre x Dior
Courtesy of Dior
Courtesy of Dior
Courtesy of Dior
From @tailorhere’s Instagram
From @tailorhere’s Instagram
From @tailorhere’s Instagram

The sheath’s ingenious construction and embellishment conveyed the impression of a single, seamless length of fabric. The look was meant to pay tribute to Josephine Baker, the boundary-breaking American-French entertainer, Resistance agent, and civil rights activist.

Interestingly enough, apparently Josephine Baker was a friend of Christian Dior, as stylist Jason Bolden and Shahidi found out during their research for the outfit and explained to Vogue US: “We used archival photos [during research], the ones we loved most were from her American tour where she wore only Dior!”

Courtesy of Lelanie Foster

Josephine Baker on tour as inspiration, wearing custom Dior
From @chocolatemommyluv’s Instagram Stories

The look was paired with a Cartier Sixiéme Sens High Jewelry Transitional necklace and onyx Cartier High Jewelry earrings with platinum and diamonds.

You know I am a sucker for makeup details and I couldn’t wait to know more about Yara‘s makeup look, her makeup artist Emily Cheng wrote a full product breakdown on her Instagram and I am so glad to share it with you all (edited for clarity):

Courtesy of Emily Cheng
Courtesy of Lelanie Foster
Courtesy of Emily Cheng

PREP
Pause Well-Aging™️Fascia Stimulating Tool.

BASE
“- Dior Forever Skin Correct in #4WO (Warm Olive) & #5N (Neutral);
Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation in #4W0#4.5N;
Dior Backstage Face & Body Powder-No-Powder in #4N;
Dior Backstage Contour Palette;
Rouge Dior Blush in #999 and #962.

EYES
Dior Brow Styler in #004 Black;
Dior 24H Stylo in Matte Black;
Diorshow On Stage Liner in Matte Black;
Diorshow 5 Couleurs Couture in Rouge Trafalgar, Black Bow and Pink Corolle;
Kiss Products ‘You Dew YouLash Drip lashes and Lash GLUEliner in Black.

LIPS
Rouge Dior in Ardente & Rouge Dior Satin Balm in #000.”

I hope you took a look at her hair, because you’ll be delighted to see a Josephine Baker inspired cap of intricate braids, styled with her natural hair underneath adding curls for a classic finish.  

From @fesa_n’s Instagram
From @fesa_n’s Instagram
From @fesa_n’s Instagram

Overall, Yara‘s association with Dior and the maison’s activism is a testament to her bravery and her will to fight for all the right reasons. She is setting a great example for her community and since the youth is ready to make a change, there is no better individual to lead the movement.