Dystopian dresses and incredible couture: all the fantastic fashion from the 2017 Met Gala

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The Met Gala has been and gone once again, and, once again, celebrities and designers did not fail to impress on the red (well, white and blue) carpet.

Held in honour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition, the theme – as revealed last October – for 2017 was ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’.

Japanese designer Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, is known for her eccentric, high-fashion looks and the models, actors, singers and stars gathering in New York took her aesthetic to heart in a range of beautiful, intriguing and artful creations – not to mention many fully embracing the idea of the ‘in-between’ on the steps of the famous museum.

Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lena Dunham, Blake Lively, Serena Williams, Claire Danes, Cara Delevingne and a sprinkling of Kardashians are just a few of the names in our bumper fashion gallery of the night’s looks.

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  • Rihanna

    The singer dons layered Comme des Garçons in honour of the exhibition, adding red custom-made DSQUARED2 lace-up sandals.

  • Rihanna

    Her make-up sticks to the pink-purple hues of the gown.

  • Cara Delevingne

    Delevingne opts for space-age silver Chanel, her plunge suit tailored with a matching belt.

  • Cara Delevingne

    The model sports silver paint and diamante.

  • Katy Perry

    It’s a long-sleeved custom Maison Margiela gown by John Galliano for the singer, in striking red complete with veil perhaps reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale?

  • Katy Perry

    The intricate embroidered headwear included two mirrors and the word ‘witness’, while Perry kept her make-up underneath as bold as the outfit.

  • Kim Kardashian

    Pure white Vivienne Westwood for Kardashian with an off-the-shoulder style set off by pin-straight hair.

  • Kendall Jenner

    Jenner is in La Perla with a deep slash front and net-effect skirt gathered at the hip.

  • Kylie Jenner

    Sister Kylie Jenner meanwhile is in gold fringed Versace,

  • Blake Lively

    Lively joins the Versace showing with this gold gown with feathered train in peacock tones.

  • Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

    Her hair straddled the ‘in-between’ of tidy and undone, with a slicked-back ponytail and intentionally messy hidden band.

  • Janelle Monáe

    The actor melts into the white carpet with her custom white tulle ballgown by Ralph & Russo with black feather collar, white hypertube-paint design bodice and ruffle skirt.

  • Janelle Monáe

    She completes the look with hair gems, Tiffany & Co jewellery and extreme fingerless gloves.

  • Gigi Hadid

    Hadid’s asymmetrical Tommy Hilfiger number in blush tones very much adheres to the theme, being half ballgown and half minidress.

  • Amy Schumer

    Shiny, fitted fishtail Zac Posen is perfect on Schumer, who keeps her lips bare to ensure her eye make-up stands out.

  • Amy Schumer

    The embellished floral sleeves add interest to the back of the gown.

  • Nicki Minaj

    The singer’s black and red H&M dress is stunning, pairing a train with a bodysuit front.

  • Nicki Minaj

    The dress really comes into its own on the famed Met stairs.

  • Lena Dunham

    Dunham goes for a custom one-shoulder Elizabeth Kennedy gown in black and maroon, with a Planned Parenthood pin at the waist.

  • Lena Dunham

    She completed the look with black boots.

  • Allison Williams

    Dunham’s Girls co-star Williams keeps it chic and straightforward in Diane von Furstenberg.

  • Allison Williams

    Her hair and make-up matches her classic choice perfectly, evoking old Hollywood with the red lip and blonde curls.

  • Jemima Kirke

    Kirke goes for contrasting footwear, choosing white lace-up booties to go with her black tulle skirt and detailed bodice combo.

  • Jemima Kirke

    Meanwhile, make-up is neon and fashion-forward.

  • Madonna

    Camo-print Moschino for Madonna, with long gloves. a structured bodice and thin belt.

  • Madonna

    She accessorises with layered jewellery.

  • Jennifer Lopez

    Lopez is old-school glamour in pale blue Valentino and a Sixties-inspired hairstyle showing off Harry Winston diamonds.

  • Katie Holmes

    Ruffled Zac Posen for the actor, with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a fishtail train.

  • Katie Holmes

    She keeps her jewellery simple, complementing the Bardot-esque neckline with a heavy-duty choker and slicked-back hair.

  • Chrissy Teigen

    Teigen accessorises her detailed white Marchesa with black Stuart Weitzman sandals under the dark gauze skirt.

  • Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

    Husband John Legend’s white wool tuxedo is by Burberry.

  • Rita Ora

    The singer wraps up in Marchesa’s red, oversized ribbon-style gown.

  • Rita Ora

    She goes almost Twenties with her unusual ‘do.

  • Solange Knowles

    Solange Knowles nods to schoolday coats with her puffa-esque Thom Browne coat-dress.

  • Alexa Chung

    Chung sticks to flowy Diane von Furstenberg.

  • Kate Hudson

    The actor matches her white, one-shoulder Stella McCartney gown to her platinum ‘do.

  • Brie Larson

    The actor is in embellished metallic Chanel.

  • Brie Larson

    And she extended her outfit vibe to her hair, adding gold leaf.

  • Claire Danes

    Claire Danes went high-fashion office with her ensemble, choosing cropped black trousers and a white blouse-style top by Monse,

  • Claire Danes

    She covered up her eyebrows for the look, adding a runway-style edge.

  • Diane Kruger

    Understated white Prada with gold embellishments for Kruger.

  • Diane Kruger

    She keeps her styling minimal, matching statement bracelets with the gold detail on her gown.

  • Ashley Graham

    The model’s flamboyant red and white gown is H&M.

  • Thandie Newton

    The Westworld star’s red ruched gown is set off by the statement headwear and custom Stuart Weitzman sandals.

  • Bella Hadid

    It’s an off-the-shoulder jumpsuit by Alexander Wang for the model, who pairs the simple yet striking look with equally hefty Bulgari bracelets.

  • Serena Williams

    The tennis star is on form in green, custom-made Atelier Versace.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    Paltrow throws it back to her Oscar win in this straightforward pale Calvin Klein by Appointment number, paired with slick centre-parted hair.

  • Emily Ratajkowski

    The model sparkles in Marc Jacobs.

  • Halle Berry

    The actor wears embellished Atelier Versace.

  • Selena Gomez

    Gomez’s Coach gown is a sweet summery look.

  • Selena Gomez

    She matches it with Tiffany & Co jewellery and statement purple eyeshadow.

  • Evan Rachel Wood

    Westworld’s Wood is all blue in custom Altuzarra, sporting an embellished dress over high-waisted tuxedo trousers, and Fred Leighton jewellery.

  • Elle Fanning

    The actor dons pale blue Miu Miu for the Met red carpet.

  • Elle Fanning

    She sets off her princessy look with a jewelled headband.

  • Emma Roberts

    Roberts matches her red, lace-detail dress with a pink shrug.

  • Ruby Rose

    Ruby Rose goes for romance in this Burberry number.

  • Celine Dion

    Dion wears a wrap-style Atelier Versace gown with Bulgari jewellery.

  • Ruth Negga

    Negga wears high-necked Valentino with Tiffany & Co jewels.

  • Ruth Negga

    But the dress’ cape feature really stands out from behind.

  • Gisele Bündchen

    The model wears a slinky silver Stella McCartney dress with jewellery from Neil Lane.

  • Emmy Rossum

    Rossum’s monochrome Carolina Herrera number is the embodiment of ‘in-between’ with its trouser-slash-ballgown style.

  • Cynthia Erivo

    Erivo sticks to white accessories, including her manicure, for this pale, one-shoulder look.

  • Hailee Steinfeld

    Steinfeld wears structured Vera Wang, reminiscent of a collapsed suit jacket with its oversized sleeves and pocket-detail train.

  • Hailee Steinfeld

    She opts for a knotted-up top knot and cat-eye make-up.

  • Hailey Baldwin

    Baldwin’s pale pink Carolina Herrera tiered skirt and crop top combo will no doubt inspire many a bride this season.

  • Hailey Baldwin

    She stays with the wedding theme, adding a jewelled veil.

  • Jennifer Connelly

    Connelly keeps it chic in a high-necked minidress.

  • Jennifer Connelly

    Hair is swept back to let the statement earrings do their thing.

  • Jourdan Dunn

    Dunn takes inspiration from the office with her pinstripe H&M ensemble, worn with black suede Stuart Weitzman sandals.

  • Naomi Campbell

    The supermodel wears black Alaïa with winged shoulders and a split skirt streaked with silver.

  • Daisy Ridley

    Star Wars’ Ridley dons monochrome Oscar de la Renta with a ballerina-style neckline and ruffled, printed skirt.

  • Reese Witherspoon

    Witherspoon wears a custom Mugler gown with royal blue detail and thigh split, accessorised with Tiffany & Co jewels.

  • Lupita Nyong’o

    Orange ruffled Prada for the actor, plus Tiffany & Co jewellery.

  • Kate Bosworth

    Bosworth wears dark, floor-length, custom-made Tory Burch with puff sleeves.

  • Lily-Rose Depp

    Deep pink Chanel (what else?) for Lily-Rose.

  • Kerry Washington

    Washington wears patchwork Michael Kors, with sparkling panels and cut-out details,

  • Julianne Moore

    In contrast to Gwyneth Paltrow’s sleek Clavin Klein by Appointment, Moore’s choice from the designer is delicate and playful.

  • Felicity Jones

    Jones wears pale blue, buttoned-up Erdem.

  • Jessica Chastain

    Lemon Prada for Chastain, who keeps her hair soft and undone to complement the flowy yellow number.

  • Miranda Kerr

    Kerr keeps it light and summery in this strapless prom-style gown.

  • Candice Swanepoel

    The model wears black bespoke Topshop.

  • Adriana Lima

    Lima sticks to black, with a deep plunge bodysuit and wraparound skirt.

  • Karlie Kloss

    The model is all about the workwear in this suit-inspired outfit.

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal

    The actor’s jewel-encrusted tunic and trousers are by Marni.

  • Lily Aldridge

    Aldridge wears a custom white silk charmeuse one-shoulder caped evening dress with cut out details by Ralph Lauren Collection, pairing the clean number with bold red Balenciaga boots and Bulgari jewellery.

  • Mindy Kaling

    Kaling goes for glam in blue, off-the-shoulder sequins and long fringing.

  • Salma Hayek

    Hayek’s black gown reveals a flash of electric blue courtesy of her Balenciaga boots.

  • Lily Collins

    It’s a mix of romance and goth for Collins with this Giambattista Valli gown, showcasing a tulle ball skirt and black bustier top.

  • Lily Collins

    She keeps her hair and make-up dark, choosing a super blunt bob, spidery eyelashes, deep berry lips and finishing off with Tiffany & Co earrings.

  • Priyanka Chopra

    A red carpet look hooked off a trench coat: Chopra’s custom-made evening gown is Ralph Lauren Collection.

  • Priyanka Chopra

    But the back is where it really shines on the famed Met steps.

  • Zoë Kravitz

    Intricate black rose detail adorns Big Little Lies star Kravitz’s black and pink Oscar de la Renta with contrast train.

  • Paris Jackson

    One of the night’s more wearable looks, Jackson wears a cut-out black Calvin Klein by Appointment dress with black suede Stuart Weitzman sandals and Tiffany & Co jewellery.

  • Mary J Blige

    Blige goes for a quiffed hair look to work with her corset-inspired  La Perla Haute Couture gown,

  • Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen

    The twins go back to boho with flowing hair, crochet gowns, embroidered jackets and plenty of beads.

  • Lara Stone

    The model opts for a black Christopher Kane minidress with sheer sleeves and lace detailing.

  • Courtney Love

    Love is in black custom Marc Jacobs with keyhole front and cuffed sleeves.

  • Dakota Johnson

    Black Gucci for Johnson, with strappy waist and arm details, and plenty of ruffles ensuring it stays the fashion side of bondage.

  • Laura Dern

    Dern wears a custom-made Gabriela Hearst gown in navy blue, sporting a cut-out neckline, polka-dot train and custom-dyed navy Stuart Weitzman sandals.

  • Olivia Cooke

    The Bates Motel actor goes for one-shoulder red with ruffled lace detail and a plunge front.

  • Riley Keough

    The Mad Max star wears black and red Louis Vuitton, with zip and chain details that seem to be something of an homage to Michael Jackson (in a good way).

  • Rose Byrne

    It’s Ralph Lauren Collection for Byrne, who wears a bright red, custom bodysuit with deep v-neck and tulle skirt.

  • Rose Byrne

    She sticks to simple accessories with a cage bracelet and box clutch.

  • Frances Bean Cobain

    Cobain wears feather-inspired custom Marc Jacobs.

  • Sarah Paulson

    The The People v O.J. Simpson star wears navy blue Prada, punctuated by red ostrich feather cuffs and hem.

  • Sophie Turner

    Turner’s pale Louis Vuitton is matched with simple, brushed-back hair to let the dress’ gold detail shine.

  • Zendaya

    Zendaya dominates the carpet in sweeping yellow Dolce & Gabbana Couture, printed with parrots.

  • Zendaya

    Keeping her neck bare, she matches her lipstick to the gown’s colour palette and keeps her hair natural,

  • Sofia Coppola

    The director is polished and pristine in floor-length metallic Marc Jacobs.

  • Tracee Ellis Ross

    The actor goes structured in a royal blue creation by Comme des Garçons, paired with studded sandals.

  • Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh

    Lasichanh also wore Comme des Garçons, choosing a sculptural red jumpsuit.

  • Stella Maxwell

    The model wears fringed white H&M.

  • Joan Smalls

    Smalls’ red bespoke Topshop is a step beyond the high street with its chain trim and puddle train.

  • Elizabeth Banks

    Banks wears classically-shaped monochrome Michael Kors.

  • Andrea Riseborough

    Brit actor Riseborough wears all-out metal in this one-sleeved Tom Ford gown with Cartier jewels.

  • Michelle Monaghan

    True Detective’s Monaghan knows how to do separates: she wears a custom Paco Rabanne mesh top and skirt with Cartier choker and silver clutch.

  • Grace Hartzel

    The model goes for hooded black Dior, matching the unusual style with standout make-up.

  • Sofia Richie

    Richie offsets the glamour of her bespoke Topshop and diamond necklaces with a slouchy leather jacket.


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.