Naomi Osaka Stuns in Dramatic Dress and Ruffled Cape at 2021 Met Gala
By Amy Lee
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Naomi Osaka is having a major fashion moment at the 2021 Met Gala. The tennis star arrived on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for fashion's biggest event of the year in a dramatic Louis Vuitton ensemble that was co-designed with the brand's creative director, Nicholas Ghesquière, and Osaka's sister, Mari.
The 23-year-old activist, who is also an ambassador for the fashion house, looked beautiful in a bright, colorful cinched jacquard dress and a long ruffled cape. According to Vogue, the look pays homage to her Japanese heritage and the print on the dress features the Koi fish. For glam, Osaka rocked a stunning, embellished structural hairstyle and red makeup.
This is the first Met Gala appearance for Osaka. The athlete is also a co-chair for tonight, alongside Amanda Gorman, Billie Eilish and Timothée Chalamet. The Met Gala returns after a hiatus in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. This year's theme and exhibition is "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," an exploration into America's sartorial identity.
Also at the event were tennis star sisters, Venus and Serena Williams. While speaking with ET's Rachel Smith, Venus praised Osaka for speaking out about the importance of good mental health.
"I love what she's doing," Venus said. "I love the positive influence she's been on the world."
Osaka is no stranger to the fashion world. The sports superstar has wowed in statement-making ensembles on and off the tennis court.
She recently collaborated with Levi's to design a sustainable denim collection. Osaka has also made a splash in the beauty world with the launch of skincare line KINLÒ, which specifically offers skincare products for melanated skin tones. Earlier this year, Osaka created a range of colorful printed swimsuits with Frankies Bikinis.
Click through the gallery below to see the rest of the Met Gala arrivals.