Although guests wine and dine at a cocktail hour and a nice dinner, the main event is the red carpet walk. Some stars change up to four or five times before even making it up the stairs. Let’s take a look at the best and worst dressed throughout the years.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Katy Perry makes our list, and she will do it again. Oddly enough, she’s literally wearing lights. Back in 2010, she had lights look that was slightly more subtle, if that’s even possible, for dresses created with lights.
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But at the 2019 Met Gala, she’s decked out like a full-blown chandelier – headpiece and all. The outfit designed by Jeremy Scott doesn’t look so much like an outfit as a Halloween costume.
Supermodel Amber Valletta holds a special place in her heart for the Models as Muse Met Gala since some of her own work was being commemorated, so the entire event really hit home for her.
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But at 2004’s Gala, she arrived in this Maggie Norris Couture corset and John Galliano skirt that really nailed the “Dangerous Liaisons” theme. In no other place in the modern world would this look make sense than the Met Gala…
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At the 2017 Met Gala, Rhianna arrived in a costume that was beloved by many at the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” themed event.
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We don’t know if it’s just that we’re really not a fan of the avant-garde or what, but we can’t see what anyone finds appealing about this kind of poofy, bizarre style. However, she did stick to the theme beautifully, showing up in a look done by Rei Kawakubo herself.
That’s a Wrap
Madonna has a thing for baring it all on the red carpet, which was extra apparent when she showed up to the 2016 Met Gala in a Givenchy Haute Couture dress. But it was the black tape that she donned all over her body that really made the look.
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But when you’re Madonna going to the Met Gala – you can pretty much get away with wearing anything or nothing at all.
Nun Other Than
“Baby Driver” actress Eiza Gonzalez nailed the “Heavenly Bodies” theme at the 2019 event when she arrived in this daring Prabal Gurung ensemble, which had a little bit of a naughty and nice flair to it, between the black, cutout front, and trailing white cape.
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She may not look like any nun that will be teaching Sunday school anytime soon, but she definitely wins for the best looks of the evening.
Who Wore it Best?
Well, you may recognize this dress as worn by another certain singer at another major event, but long before J. Lo donned it; Donatella Versace herself wore the Versace gown to the 1999 Met Gala.
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The theme that year was “Rock Style,” and Tommy Hilfiger sponsored the entire event. Well, the dress looked great both times, so it’s no wonder Lopez chose to wear it the following year to the Grammys.
What the Puff
The look on the faces of everyone standing behind and looking at Pharell Williams’ wife, Helen, on the red carpet, says it all. It’s the same look that’s probably on your face right now as you’re trying to figure out what on earth she’s wearing, too.
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The outfit, a look created by Comme des Garçons, looks like an odd-shaped puffer jumper. Granted, that year’s Gala was based on the avant-garde designer, Rei Kawakubo, the face behind the line. Still, we say, “why?” Or maybe, “what?”
Taylor Hill walked the carpet at the 2019 Gala looking lovely in a Ralph Lauren dress adorned in Butani and Yvan Tufenkjian jewels. Everything about her look, from the gown to the jewelry to the gloves and hairstyle, screamed “old Hollywood.”
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She earned herself a spot on many best-dressed lists that year for her choice in attire. Hill is both a model and actress and has been known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, which she started in 2015.
See You Later
It’s easy to see why Anne Hathaway landed on numerous best-dressed lists in 2013. “The Devil Wears Prada” actress walked the red carpet at the Met Gala in a sleek black semi-sheer dress by Valentino.
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It was a look that worked perfectly for the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” theme of the year. She accompanied the zig-zaggy dress with a small, black clutch from the same designer and a platinum-blonde pixie.
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen’s look at the 2008 Met Gala has not only landed her on several best-dressed lists of the evening but also lists of some of the best looks she’s ever rocked in her history as a public figure, and that’s saying a lot!
She showed off her lovely figure in a form-fitting, pink satin Versace dress with strategically placed cutouts. The model chose a few classic accessories to adorn the look, along with a fresh-faced glow.
Swimming in Plaid
Julie Macklowe blended into the rest of the over-the-top looks at the 2017 Gala, even though she looked like a tablecloth mixed with someone who was throwing on random things they found in a Halloween bin in their attic.
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Where exactly are her arms? That’s the thing – no one knows. It remains a mystery to this day.
This eye-catching, fuchsia-colored Gucci gown turned all heads towards Jennifer Lopez as she walked the carpet at the 2011 Gala.
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Some say that the shrug overwhelms the look a bit, but it received mixed reviews, as others said she carried it well and didn’t let it distract from the overall beauty of the flowy dress. She kept her hair sleekly pulled back and chose to carry a small clutch so as not to overpower the attire.
Cameron Diaz looked like a breath of fresh air when she arrived at 2007’s event in a layered Christian Dior gown in bright fuchsia color. For the “Poiret: King of Fashion” theme, she accentuated her bright-colored, shifty dress with a large, matching turquoise necklace and earrings set.
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Apparently, layered dresses were in that year, as the other woman seen here on the red carpet is wearing one as well.
Bell of the Ball
Claire Danes rocked a Cinderella-esque Zach Posen dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2016 gala. The drapey blue gown is stunning on its own, but it’s a fact it glowed in the dark that made it particularly spectacular.
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Later, Posen revealed that, even though it may look heavy, it’s actually hollowed out on the inside and, therefore, super lightweight. She wins for that year’s theme: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”
Jared Leto turned heads – two of which belonged to him – at the 2019 Met Gala when he showed up in this bright red, bedazzled getup. But it wasn’t so much the outfit that landed him on our list, but the fact he was toting a one-of-a-kind accessory that made little sense: a life like replica of his head.