Back cover: The characters of the video game that sneaked into the Met Gala 2021

Bayonetta with a BIG HAT
Image: Platinum Games

In the Venn diagram of video games and fashion, the overlap is probably less than the number of people who actually owned a Virtual Boy, but that’s okay. I am here at the center of the two circles, and if this article just amuses me, then so be it!

The Met Gala, which took place earlier this week, is a parade of wealth and classy clothing, and whether you like celebrity culture or not, you can’t deny that the outfits are absolutely amazing. But the twist the Met Gala offers is that it is thematic, unlike most events like the Oscars and Emmys etc, so we can usually see some weird and wild shots of Hollywood fashion.

This year’s theme, “In America: A Fashion Lexicon,” inspired gala attendees to dress in red, white, and blue, or don cowboy hats and boots, but the results were rather subdued after the two-year hiatus. Regardless, I’d like to take you through the best of the night, telling you about secret video game tributes that I like to imagine were on purpose.

One of the responses that we will see a lot for this year’s Met Gala is “that’s really cool, but … how does that relate to the topic?” Iman’s beautiful golden dress mainly reminds me of Bayonetta’s angels in the Old Testament style, and it’s good that no one else showed up at Bayo’s shoe guns, or we could have had a showdown on our hands.

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Image: Platinum / Pixabay

That is a ditto.

Billie Eilish as Ditto
Image: The Pokémon Company

It was about time Epona finally received an invitation to the Met Gala, after years of being the unappreciated companion of Link’s adventures. Epona baby you look great.

Image: Nintendo

Oh, this one is too easy. Someone should let Lil Nas X know that gold armor has the worst durability, and that it would be best to just use one piece and upgrade the rest to diamond. Then again, at least we know he’s safe from Piglins the next time he pole-dances to the Nether.

Gold armor
Image: Mojang

Everyone made fun of Kim K’s confusing outfit, with lots of memes about what he looked like (a dementor, a xenomorph, a ladies’ restroom sign) but I know what it really came as: a character we have yet to unlock. That just means we’ll have to beat her in a one-on-one match, and I’m relatively sure I could face a Kardashian. I may be small, but I’m fierce.

Super Smash Bros
Image: Nintendo

Gymnast Nia Dennis not only did a FULL routine on the stairs at the Met Gala, but she also looks like a glamorous Sonic. Sure, that blue may be “American flag” blue, but it’s what’s more Blue Sonic, and if those chunky sneakers don’t yell “Sonic” at you, then you need to play more Sonic. Plus, that background music is giving us Super Mario vibes.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Image: SEGA

One day maybe video games will be cool enough to become a Met Gala theme. Until then, we can only project. If you noticed any video game similarities in the fashion statements of the celebrities at the gala, let us know in the comments!