15 of the Most Memorable Looks in the History of the Met Gala Red Carpet

by Charles Manning

The 2018 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (aka the Met Gala, aka the single biggest fashion night of the year) is almost here. Yippy! This year’s exhibition, titled Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, is sure to inspire some very memorable red carpet moments, so in anticipation of the main event, why not take a look back at some of the most memorable looks of Met Galas past: the good, the bad, and the just plain WTF!?

1. Rihanna, 2015
Rumor has it that during the dinner Rihanna’s train had it’s own seat at the table next to her. Two of them, actually. With matching ottomans! Not really, but, seriously, what did she do with that epic train once she made it inside the museum? At some point, she must have shed the robe, right? I mean, she’s definitely wearing something under there. Probably. Then again, this is Rihanna we’re talking about.

Rihanna (Shutterstock)

2. Madonna, 2016
It’s not really a dress as much as it is a metaphor, though for what I couldn’t tell you.


3. Kim Kardashian, 2013
Never forget.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (Getty Images)

4. Lady Gaga, 2016
Gaga’s like “Nobody told me there would be stairs. Why the f*ck didn’t anyone tell me there would be stairs?!”

Kate Hudson and Lady Gaga (Shutterstock)

And then someone was like “Excuse me, Miss Germonatta, are you aware that you are not wearing any pants?” and Gaga was all like:

Lady Gaga (Shuterstock)


5. Anne Hathaway, 2015
“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

Anne Hathaway (Shutterstock)

6. Jayden Smith, 2017
Why is it that when Jayden Smith walks around with a clump of his hair in his hand, it’s “cool,” but when I walk around with a Ziplock baggie full of barbershop sweepings it’s “weird?”


7. Christina Ricci, 2008
Just. So. Pretty!


8. Tom Brady, 2011
Remember when Tom Brady had a bob? Lolz.

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady (Patrick McMullan)

9. Sarah Jessica Parker, 2016
Argh! Shiver me timbers and walk the plank. A yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Other pirate stuff!

Andy Cohen and Sarah Jessica Parker (Shutterstock)

If memory serves, this look was actually supposed to have sort of a French Regency vibe, but when I saw it in person, my first thought was “Where’s her parrot?”

10. Solange, 2016
Only Solange.


11. Bella Hadid, 2017
Get the look for just $17!

Bella Hadid (Shutterstock)

12. Blake Lively, 2011
Blake Lively doesn’t believe in stylists. She does, however, believe in toga parties. Do a keg stand, Blake!

Blake Lively (Patrick McMullan)

13. Lupita Nyong’o, 2016
The higher the hair, the closer to god.

Lupita Nyong’o (Shutterstock)

14. Katy Perry, 2016

Katy Perry (Shutterstock)

15. Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez, 2015
The sheer and bedazzled trifecta that signaled the beginning of the end of the naked dress. What a moment, though.

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