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.
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.
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…
Too Much Fluff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The look was a nod to Alessandro Michele’s “Cyborg” runway show in 2018, where he sent his models down the runway carrying their own “severed heads.”
The outfit Madonna pulled out for the 2009 Met Gala confused people everywhere. Was she trying to channel her "Like a Virgin" self? The short, puffy dress, thigh-high boots, and strange accessories all screamed, “I’m going to shoot a music video – in the ‘80s.”
The look was a big miss for the night’s theme: "The Model as a Muse: Embodying Fashion." Unless, perhaps, she was traveling back in time to embody the fashion of decades past.
A Hairy Situation
Celebrities tend to accessorize with some bizarre stuff at this annual event. Just take Jaden Smith, for instance, who walked around on the carpet in 2017 with a handful of his dreadlocks, which he’d chopped off not long before.
The Louis Vuitton suit he wore and some gold chains looked nice, but the hair kind of threw things off. So, let’s say he lands in the gray area of our list.
Mix and Match
Sarah Jessica Parker’s 2006 dress was a perfect choice for the theme: "Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion." The outfit was designed by the legendary Alexander McQueen and looked just like something her character, Carrie Bradshaw, would wear to go out on the town in "Sex and the City."
SJP rarely lets us down with her Met Gala attire, and this year was certainly no different. It’s been noted as one of her best of all time, according to "Allure" magazine.
First Time’s a Charm
When Celine Dion stepped onto the red carpet at her very first Met Gala in 2017, she was determined to make it count. The singer later reported that when she was getting ready, it felt like a lot, “it’s like getting ready to kiss for the first time, this is huge!”
She opted for a wrap-style Isabel Marant dress, dark headpiece, and matching smokey eyes. Choosing a pair of shoes couldn’t have been easy for her since she claims she has over 10,000 pairs.
Rihanna appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015 in a yellow Chinese couture getup by Guo Pei, complete with a long, flowing, imperial yellow cape.
The designer is incredibly popular with stars in China, and, since the pop diva reached for her garments, it has started to rise in popularity in the States as well.
Zac Posen is the magical godfather behind Doutzen Kroes’ Cinderella-like 2010 Gala gown. The dress was designed for the theme: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity."
Aside from the gorgeous blue gown, sleek curls and red lipstick were a perfect touch to complete this classic look. There were hardly any naysayers, and comments were, for the most part, raving about the beautiful look. “Now that’s a ball gown,” said one reviewer.
Cate Blanchett’s golden fringe gown by Balenciaga was a showstopper at the 2007 Gala. She perfectly tuned in to the royal theme, "Poiret: King of Fashion," and accessorized just beautifully, with a golden clutch and turquoise earrings.
The actress rarely disappoints when she makes her red-carpet appearances, so it should come as no surprise that she’s landed on the best-dressed list.
Elle Fanning probably couldn’t handle much of anything herself on the night of the 2019 Meg Gala when she appeared in this ‘70s-styled Miu Miu bell-bottom and wing-sleeved salmon-colored outfit.
Each of her nails was done up in something that extended a good inch from her fingertips. But she did do the theme, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," justice with the overall look.
Model Gigi Hadid seemed to be channeling a bit of French maid with this odd Tommy Hilfiger look that combines a choppy, nude-colored dress with black fishnet thigh-highs.
The whole thing just screamed “mess” and landed her on several worst-dressed lists from the event. Of course, there were a few people who thought the dress, sans the fishnets, looked appealing.
Cara Delevigne channels Chiquita Banana with her bright-colored getup at the 2019 Gala. But it wasn’t so much the striped rainbow-colored dress or even the scepter. It was the hat that turned heads.
The headpiece she was wearing was covered in fake teeth and eyeballs – one of which she said afterward weighed 10 pounds. Apparently, her scepter broke in the lobby of her hotel on the way to the event, and a stranger lent her a glue gun.
Lady Gaga should win some kind of award for being able to walk in insanely high-heeled and often odd-shaped shoes. At 2016’s Gala, she unsurprisingly nailed the "Manus x Machina" concept in a sparkling Versace jacket and sky-high heels.
But there was one part of the outfit that seemed to be missing since she opted for the unitard instead of pants.
Punk and the City
Sarah Jessica Parker, much like the character she played on the hit series "Sex and the City," is known for her ability to dress well. She nailed the "Chaos to Couture" aspect of the punk theme in her gold-splattered leaf-print gown from the Giles fall collection.
She totally could’ve added a mohawk, but instead, she opted for an interesting headpiece and velvet Christian Louboutin boots that pulled the whole look together. SJP for the win once again! But we're not all that surprised, are you?
Beyonce is no stranger to turning heads at events, and the 2015 Met Gala was no different. She slayed in a sheer-looking Givenchy dress after arriving at the carpet fashionably late (like her lyrics say, “I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress.”)
She’s wearing a nude bodysuit underneath the sheer outing so as not to risk exposing anything to the crowd. This marked this fifth year in a row. She chose Givenchy for the Gala.
While many stars take their outfits way over the top at the Met Gala each year, actress Jessica Alba decided to roll towards the other end of the spectrum. While she looks decent, it also appears as if she’s gotten dressed to go to a high-school prom rather than such a major event.
It probably cost her an arm and a leg, but it looks like something any teenage girl could go pick up at her local boutique to head to the homecoming dance.
Borrowed from Grandma
Gwyneth Paltrow’s pale yellow Jimmy Choo dress that she chose for the 2019 Gala has been compared to a “nightgown out of grandma's closet,” with some reporters quipping, “grandma wants her fancy nightgown back!”
The strange neckline that appears almost clown-like doesn’t help her case, either. We will say that this color does wonders for the actress and founder of the wellness brand, Goop.
The theme of 2018’s Met Gala, “Catholic Imagination,” inspired plenty of angelic and devilish attire. Katy Perry did not disappoint when she showed up in a dazzling gold Versace dress with a giant pair of wings.
When she was asked by reporters how she felt in the outfit that night, she responded, “I feel very angelic. Celestial. Ethereal.” It is a stunning look, but it also looks like it’d be heavy – and extremely hard to sit down in.
Unisex Black Dress
Well, there have been plenty of stars to grace the red carpet at the Met Gala throughout the years in black lace/sheer dresses – though, for the most part, they’ve been women.
But designer Marc Jacobs decides to mix things up at 2012’s NY event by showing up in this long, see-through shirt dress over a pair of white boxers. Hey, it looks a hell of a lot more comfortable than the majority of other looks on our list, that’s for sure!
Back to the Future
You know, Woodley’s look also seems like it may have fit in better at the 2016 Gala, with its Star Trek-like feel. Katy Perry arrived in this fitted, black, and gold Prada gown. The dress is pretty lovely, but it’s the hair and makeup that throw the look off.
With the combination of a beehive and black lipstick, it’s hard to want to nominate her for any best-dressed awards. In fact, the getup landed her on several worst-of lists.
Kim Kardashian’s 2013 Met Gala getup is reminiscent of curtains you’d see hanging in grandma and grandpa’s place.
The pregnant celebrity chose this busy, floral print, which didn’t suit her very well, and drew an array of negative reviews from commentators after the event. Later, she admitted that she “cried the whole way home” over the poor response to the Givenchy gown.
At the 2014 Met Gala, actress Katie Holmes arrived in a super-bright, mustard-colored yellow dress by Marchesa. Perhaps she was trying to channel Belle from "Beauty and the Beast."
However, something just got lost in translation, and the off-colored, off-the-shoulder dress scored her a spot on several worst-dressed lists that year. In fact, that year’s event has been called the “worst-dressed met Gala ever.”
Nicole Kidman was stunned in this nude-colored, form-fitting embellished dress by Tom Ford for Gucci at the 2003 Gala. The event was governed by the theme, "Goddess: The Classical Mode," so the gown was a perfect choice for the evening.
Her sleek ponytail, a simple clutch, and drapey earrings add nice touches to the ensemble as well.
As if Katy Perry doesn’t garner enough attention on the red carpet, she wears a spotlight dress at the 2010 event. The dress, which on its own was fairly simple, done in pale pink with one shoulder, was lined with rope lights that glowed in different colors.
Again, the getup received mixed reviews, with many saying they liked the dress, but the large necklace she chose to accessorize with was overkill. What do you think?
Stars take some calculated risks when they choose certain designs to wear out to events. A sheer dress, or Gwyneth Paltrow’s slinky purple Prada mini dress, may make for some embarrassing moments on the red carpet – depending on how you feel about flashing the world.
Still, the dress itself, while fairly simple, looks stunning on her, even if parts of her are pretty exposed.
From Top to…Feathers?
Beyonce’s Givenchy couture gown looks beautiful on her – from the shoulders to the thighs, anyway. The purple feathers just destroy the outfit which she chose for the 2012 Gala in New York.
The dress got mixed reviews, with many not only disliking the feathers but also claiming that it was too sheer in some areas. Her sleeked-back ponytail and classic makeup look nice – and perhaps the dress would’ve too, sans the feathers. Especially purple feathers! Yikes!
What was going on with the whole puffed-up look at the 2017 Met Gala, with the theme "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between"? Solange Knowles chose this extra-long puffer coat, with a dress-like train behind, over puffy pants, and a white button-down.
Granted, the theme was avant-garde, so she adhered. But she’s also been compared to a sleeping bag in the interesting getup. Hey, at least she looks comfortable, which is more than can be said about nine out of ten looks on the list!
Shailene Woodley’s 2018 Gala getup seems as though it’d be really tough to walk – and sit down – in. But she must’ve thought the Ralph Lauren design worked well with the "Heavenly Bodies" theme.
In fact, two other celebrities showed up in outfits that looked very similar and nodded to Joan of Arc. Unfortunately, hers earned her a spot on several worst-dressed lists for that year’s event.
2014 may have been rough for several celebrities in terrible outfits, but Blake Lively was not one of them. Her custom, form-fitting Gucci gown looks gorgeous, from the color and details to the way it drapes and flows. She chose to accentuate the look with classic old Hollywood pin curls.
Her husband, Ryan Reynolds, has described her getting ready for the Galas as “an athletic event.” “I’m not even sure how shoes got in the freezer; there’s Kung Fu involved, it’s really intense,” he jokingly told "Glamour" magazine. Whatever she’s doing, it's working!
Well, you can’t say that Chadwick Boseman didn’t adhere to the whole "Catholic Imagination" aspect of that year’s theme when he arrived at the 2018 Gala dressed like, well, like this.
The custom Versace tux and a cape are covered in symbolism and definitely stand out against the crowd. The Met Gala has been called the “Oscars of Fashion,” so one must really dress for the occasion, we suppose.
Give us a Twirl
Zendaya nailed her look for the 2015 Gala, which had the theme of "China: Through the Looking Glass." She looked gorgeous in an interesting and embellished Fausto Puglisi dress, which featured sun designs against the skirt, along with a simple pair of black stilettos.
Her long hair topped with a matching crown-like headband was the icing on the cake. Jessica Alba could take a few notes from Zendaya about how to pick an outfit to walk the stairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
When Solange Knowles arrived at the 2015 Met Gala, she stopped many people in their tracks – but many were probably just trying to figure out what exactly it was they were looking at her wearing.
The Giles dress has an odd shape that makes her look like some kind of vehicle you’d see on "Star Trek" or "The Orville." But hey, if ever there were a time to dress like a flying saucer, it’d be at the Met Gala, right?
Alan Cumming made Vogue’s best-dressed men at the Met Gala list in 2001 when he appeared at the "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"-themed event in his tartan kilt.
This isn’t the first (or last) time the Scottish-American actor and comedian has arrived at events in kilts. Still, the pose he was snapped in here seems a bit questionable.
Dressing in the Dark
Designer John Galliano appeared at the 2006 Gala looking like he’d be up drinking the night before with a group of pirates who went crazy with a Bedazzler, passed out for a few minutes, and been woken up and told he had to hit the carpet.
His date, Charlize Theron, opted for a flowy, deep-red Christian Dior dress, which looks nice but pretty mismatched with her date's attire. Though, that seems to be on him.
3L-What Were They Thinking?
The members of the girl’s group 3LW confused everyone a little bit when they showed up to the 2001 Met Gala in neon, skin-tight, and short attire. And do you blame them? No one’s entirely sure what those outfits have to do with the theme of "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years."
Do you care to wager a guess? Well, they turned heads alright, but probably not in the way they’d hoped.
Karolina Kurkova showed up to the 2005 Gala in this long white gown, which included a large, “I love you,” sewn across in bright red. Other images from the night reveal the dirty, wet steps outside of the museum, so who knows what the bottom of the dress looked like by the end of the evening!
While she may have been trying to nod to the House of Chanel, who was being honored with that year’s theme, it was more of a swing and a miss than a home run.
Not Patriotic Enough
With a theme like "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity," we would have expected to see something a little bit more patriotic. While January Jones's eyeshadow is blue, and her hair is red (well, orange), we can't really see how her dress fits the theme.
She always looks stunning, but this purple Yves Saint Laurent dress didn't really leave an impression on us. It was quite forgettable.
The 2019 Met Gala was one of the best ones yet, simply because its theme, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," allowed for some of the craziest outfits we have ever seen. "Riverdale" star Lili Reinhart attended the ball with her then-boyfriend, Cole Sprouse.
We are undecided about this dress; while the color suits Lili and her hair and makeup are gorgeous, something about the proportions of this dress is a little bit off. But, she still manages to look spectacular in it, somehow.
God is a Woman
Rihana is the kind of woman who knows how to pull off a look, no matter how insane it is. In this case, the dress and the hat look like they weigh more than the Barbadian singer herself.
But the seasoned performer totally nailed 2018's theme, Catholic Imagination. Her dress makes her look like an opulent, godly pope. Work it, girl!
Marked With a White Dress
Halsey wore white from head to toe in a garment inspired by 80's cult classic "Blade runner. " The dress was designed with the movie's female lead in mind and was tailored out of old jackets and dresses.
With cotton satin and stretch silk, Halsey looks classy and edgy at the same time. She has DKNY designers to thank for this successful design.
A Cross Across
When it came time to dress for 2018's Met Gala, saint J.Lo knew exactly what to do. She went for a literal interpretation of the theme, wearing a giant cross across her chest.
The bejeweled Balmain dress was made especially for her by Olivier Rousteing. The gown was inspired by an '88 "Vogue" cover, and it took over a month to make! It was definitely worth it, this one.
The Wrong Color
This look scored Selena a shameful place in many of the year's worst-dressed list. Not only was it considered a failure, but it has also sparked some controversy.
Many complained that her tan and makeup made her look as if she's from a different ethnicity. While the dress is not great, it isn't as bad as the hair and makeup. Selena is a natural beauty, and we're sure her next Met Gala look is going to be spectacular.
The Corporate Look
Karli Kloss's job, as a model, is to take pictures wearing elaborate garments. Maybe this is why she chose such a simple look for the Met. The dress is inspired by something one would wear to the office, only, you know, not actually.
This take on office attire is a bit too revealing to be worn in a business meeting. Either way, while this is a nice look, we were underwhelmed by both the dress and the hair and makeup.
A Hot Mess
In 2017's Gala, Jake Gyllenhaal's sister, actress Maggie, donned a sequinned ensemble in green and purple. We think the dress has a floral theme to it, but honestly, it is so shiny it's hard to tell.
While the garment may appear to be a dress, it is actually a wide pant. This look is our definition of a hot mess!
When the theme is "Camp," and the attendee is RuPaul, the campiest drag queen out there, we'd expect to be blown away.
We do applaud the "Drag Race" host and producer for not taking the easy way out and showing up in an enormous dress. On the other hand, his striped sequin suit just wasn't enough.
Red & Blue
This dress is pretty and would work great for a red carpet or a movie premiere, but not for the Met Gala. Don't get us wrong, Jessica Chastain looks divine in this Prada gown.
You can't really go wrong with blue silk, right? The dress is beautifully constructed, and Jessica's makeup and hair are also spot-on; we just think she could have done more.
Pretty in Pink
"Scandal"'s Kerry Washington adorned a Prada gown at the 2015 Met Gala. In a pink princess dress with embroidery on its train, the actress looked flawless. The voluminous frock was just the best choice to impress everyone at the Gala.
The dress featured a low back and a bow. Kerry's smokey eye sealed the deal and made this look unforgettable.
This dress is gold! It literally looks like Hathaway is wearing liquid gold. The cape-like dress was custom-designed for Anne by no other than Ralph Lauren.
The story behind the dress is just as exciting. Apparently, the gown was inspired by Buddha. The actress knocked 2015's (China: Through the Looking Glass) theme out of the park.
This gorgeous garment was designed by "Project Runway" season four winner Christian Siriano. The sparkly orange tuxedo and the magnificent cape both took two months to make.
"American Horror Story" and "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy reported the garment celebrated child prodigy Liberace. The outfit weighs over 100 lbs, but no pain, no gain, right? This look is a winner!
As one of the world's highest-paid actresses, Scarlett didn't have to save money on a Met Gala dress. In 2018, she decided to spoil herself with a Marchesa ombré gown.
This off-shoulder look isn't our favorite, but we trust Johansson's judgment. As one of Hollywood's leading ladies, she knows what she's doing!
Little Black Dress
Kylie Jenner, "Forbes's" youngest self-made billionaire, was dressed to the nines in 2019's Met Gala. In a long gown designed by Alexander Wang and bejeweled sunnies, she looks like she's ready to take on the world, though, let's admit it, she already has.
This look is tame compared to what we're used to seeing at the Metropolitan Museum Gala, but it still works.
Kristen Stewart ascended to fame when she portrayed Bella Swan in the "Twilight Saga" movies. Her 2019 Gala look was all about the hair and make-up.
Her Chanel outfit is monochromatic, letting her hair orange hair and eyebrows shine. Kristen mentioned she was inspired by David Bowie, and it shows. We love how edgy this look is.
Do you guys remember back when the Olsen Twins used to be everywhere? In 2005, the two made their first appearance at the Met Gala.
The Olsens didn't get the memo about the night's theme. While the Gala was celebrating Chanel, Ashley wore Oscar de la Renta while Mary-Kate donned a vintage piece. Despite these looks being so bluntly of the early noughties, we still enjoy them.
Put a Bow On It
This Prada frock might seem strange at first, but when the theme is camp, there's no such thing as too much. "The Great Gatsby" actor enrobed an elegant evening gown made out of various fabrics and textures.
With red sequins and black stain, the pink sash was really needed in order to somehow tie the whole look together, and Carey Mulligan looks great in it.
We have to admit that we expect a lot from the woman known as "Vogue's" editor-in-chief. While the Met's theme changes every year, Anna Wintour usually chooses to go with something classic.
Her cape makes her look like a high-fashion bird. She always wears a Chanel couture dress, and her hair is always in a bob. But at least in 2019, she gave us a little more, which makes sense with a theme like "Camp."
Full Metal Dress
Swift is known as a master songwriter, and her style tends to change to embody the mood of her latest album. In 2016, she had not yet released her album "Reputation," but she already knew it would be filled with snake imagery.
This could be the reason why she chose to wear this snake-scaled metallic dress by Louis Vuitton. Taylor bleached her hair, especially for the event. Social media wasn't a fan of the look, which was edgier than most of Taylor's looks.
We won't blame you if you forgot, but Emma Stone was a brunette for a short while. Don't worry; she dyed her hair back to her iconic red. For the Met Gala, The "La La Land" actress went for an armored white dress, which did fit with the night's theme of "Fashion in an Age of Technology."
This look wasn't our favorite look of the night, but we are still huge fans of Stone.
All Eyes on Ezra
"Fantastic Beasts" star Ezra Miller came up with an outfit we couldn't keep our eyes off of. As if his Burberry suit, rhinestone corset, and shoes weren't enough, he also had a mask of his own face.
But that wasn't even the creepy part; behind the mask, he hid an array of eyes. Miller was inspired by artists like Dali and Magritte, and he does look like a work of art in this outfit.
A Beautiful Monster
Musician Janelle Monae presented this wonderfully whimsical dress at the 2019 Met Gala. She cooperated with Christian Siriano to create this gown, which Monae says was inspired by science fiction as well as the duality of the feminine and masculine.
Whatever she was inspired by, it worked; this dress is to die for. It is a unique piece that could have only been worn at the Met Gala.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," star Liv Tyler showed up to the 2011 Met Gala in a white and yellow Givenchy gown.
Don't get us wrong, we do think the dress is gorgeous, but it does feel like it could have worked for any red carpet. It just doesn't have that "WOW" factor we were looking for.
A Bright Beret
Back in 2003, the Met Gala wasn't as prominent as it is today, which is the only explanation as to why Dunst showed up in this look. We do get that beret was trendy back in the early noughties, but the bright hat just doesn't go with Kirsten's black dress at all.
Luckily for Dunst, she's had many years to make up for this look, and most people have probably forgotten it by now.
In 2013, model Karlie Kloss wore a Louis Vuitton dress, but her Monique Pean necklace almost stole the show. Her bright pink lips look fabulous, though we are not sold on the hair and overall styling.
While we love all of the elements of her outfit, we are not sure they all fit together to make a cohesive look.
A Train to Remember
A trial will always steal the show. Endless trains have been a recurring theme in this prestigious ball, and for a good reason. They have an impact that can't be denied.
For Cardi B, there's no such thing as overdoing it. A sparkly cap? Sure. Feathers Galore? No problem. A 10 feet train? Bring it on! This $250,000 dress was worth every penny.
The Wrong Party
As we already mentioned, after-parties got big in recent years. Kim Kardashian wasn't about to let anyone outshine her. While this look can't be ignored, we are not sure it's a good thing. Maybe she thought it was Halloween?
In a skintight blue dress and a shiny wig, Kim is obviously giving a nod to Cher. While she did go all out, we are not fans of the look.
A Cinderella Moment
Zendaya smashed 2019's theme. What's campier than an over-the-top Disney-inspired princess gown? Nothing! The dress was designed by legendary Tommy Hilfiger.
The actress's stylist, Roach, accompanied her on the red carpet dressed as the fairy godmother. She also had a bag shaped like Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, and if that's not enough, her gown lit up on the red carpet. This look gets ten out of ten.
Would You Like Fries With That?
The Met has become so huge in recent years that celebs sport different looks in the main event and in the after-party. If you thought the after-party outfits would be a little bit more chill, think again.
Katy Perry takes parties very seriously, so in 2019 she wore a full-on hamburger costume for the one that came after the main event. Perry always slays it when it comes to the Gala, and we gotta admit we love this quirky look.