From Rihanna, to Beyoncé to Kim K do you remember these fashion moments?
The count down to the Met Gala 2019 is officially on. The first Monday in May plays host to the world’s most celebrated red carpet of the year with every big name in the arenas of acting, fashion, music and more come together in support of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala.
The theme of the upcoming exhibition plays the biggest part when it comes to the outfit choice and this year’s theme ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ - inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration”- will surely encourage the most flamboyant of looks.
Over the years we have witnessed some of fashion’s most recognised outfits at the Met Gala: Sarah Jessica Parker and Lee McQueen in head to toe tartan punk, Rihanna’s ode to Rei Kawakubo’s Comme Des Garcons and Kim Kardashian’s dress that spun a thousand ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ memes to name just a few.
So, before another wave of brilliant fashion moments take over our Instagram feeds, here’s a reminder of the Met Gala’s most iconic looks.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Lee McQueen
In celebration of his Scottish roots designer Alexander McQueen dressed Sarah Jessica Parker for 2006 Met Gala in swathes of tartan.
There is no one that commits to the Met Gala themes like Rihanna, and no one that executes them with such levels of drama.
If you can’t make a political statement with your choice of clothes at the Met Gala, then when can you?
Priyanka Chopra has long had a strong alliance to Ralph Lauren (they even made her wedding dress) but 2017 was the year she put herself and this epic trench coat dress on the fashion map.
When Emma Stone stepped out in 2014 in this simple but elegant Thakoon, she proved less can absolutely be more.
Bringing a whole new meaning to the ‘naked’ dress, Beyoncé’s Givenchy creation was a glittering Met Gala moment. And we haven’t even started on the hair.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Forever the most stylish twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley took on vintage John Galliano for Dior as their 2015 Met Gala look.
Last year’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ theme was one of the Met’s best in terms of dedication to the theme, as Ariana Grande demonstrates here in her etheral Vera Wang gown.
The supermodel used the 2017 Met Gala as her platform to debut her now famous shaved head, and this epic Chanel metallic trouser suit.
Taking centre stage in a sparkling Versace column gown, Naomi Campbell proves she is totally timeless when it comes to red carpet style.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik
The icon in this image actually isn’t Gigi Hadid’s custom Tommy Hilfiger dress, but Zayn’s bionic metal arms.
Perhaps the most unexpected show-stealer came in the form of Frances McDormand’s incredible Valentino outfit from last year’s Met Gala. The headpiece alone deserves a moment in the red carpet hall of fame.
Speaking of incredible headwear, Cardi B’s Moschino number proved you can never have enough embellishment in one look.
In 1996 Princess Diana made a surprise appearance at the Met Gala in John Galliano for Dior (a mere few weeks after her debuted his collection for the brand). We are still on the hunt for a slip dress this good.
Miley proves why she is the modern day punk princess in this Marc Jacobs number.
J-Lo hits top spot for this Valentino look, purely because this shade of blue is beyond beautiful.
Coming in at a staggering 600 hours to make, Blake Lively’s Versace gown has a little Game of Thrones vibe to it, don’t you think?
Leave it to supermodel, Kate Moss, to win the red carpet in a draped piece of lamé (granted it’s Marc Jacobs) and a matching turban. No wonder she took a long hiatus after this look.
Even with no trousers, Lady Gaga still takes on ‘icon’ status.
Katy Perry goes hell for leather with the ‘Heavenly Bodies’ theme (but we do feel sorry for whoever had to sit next to her at dinner).
Head to toe florals courtesy of Givenchy, made Kim Kardashian the most talked about attendee at the 2013 Met Gala.
This is what a real life mermaid looks like. Fact.
Much like Rihanna, Solange really commits to her Met Gala looks like rocking a halo behind a du-rag whilst wearing latex Iris Van Herpen.
Actor, Zendaya, ensured all eyes remembered her magical look from the 2017 Met Gala. Opting for a Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda floral gown and blown out natural hair.
One more Rihanna, because she really is the reigning Met Gala queen.