American sprinter Allyson Felix is the most decorated Olympian in track and field of all time, and on Monday night she may have been the most decorated attendee at the Met Gala in New York City. Adorned in a white Fendi gown made with 240,000 ostrich feathers and crystal beads, the five-time Olympian stunned the crowd as she joined other athletes to walk the red carpet, including Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Megan Rapinoe and Serena Williams.
The theme of this year’s Gala was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and as an athlete who has represented her country on the world stage countless times, Felix was a perfect fit for the event. “It’s about celebrating the history and heritage. Being an American athlete and representing the country on multiple occasions, I feel that sense of pride every time that I get to wear the red, white, and blue on the track,” Felix said in an interview with Forbes. “So a night that celebrates that in fashion, that I can also relate to, is an honor.”
Earlier this year, Felix founded her own shoe and apparel company, Saysh, and launched two shoes including a pair of spikes she wore during the Tokyo Olympics. Her new role combines her love of fashion and her love of sport. “I’ve always admired fashion,” she told Forbes. “I’ve always loved to dress up and just feel good in different things.”
Felix was not the only American track star in attendance on Monday night. Sha’Carri Richardson walked the red carpet in a red and black gown created by a Jamaican designer, and Olympic 200m bronze-medallist Noah Lyles wore an all-white suit accessorized with a gold chain and cuff links.