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Our Favorite Met Gala Looks in the Last Decade

by Milana

The first Monday of May never disappoints.

Met Gala 2020 may be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our favorite Met Gala looks over the past years. From the legendary Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition that launched Met Gala into fashion stratosphere, to last year’s Camp: Notes on Fashion, one of the most outlandish and brilliantly creative red carpets to date.

To keep us entertained, Vogue and Billy Porter created #MetGalaChallenge and invited everyone to recreate their favorite met gala looks while in quarantine. Check out some of the most creative #MetGalaChallenge outfits.

What is Met Gala all about?

The Met’s Costume Institute houses the largest collection of fashion in the world. Moreover, every year they create a major exhibition opening on the first Monday in May.

Anna Wintour organizes and presides over Met Gala since 1995. since when the Met Gala has become a much-loved annual celebration of fashion. It serves as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and it also has been traditionally timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition. Moreover, the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night as guests then choose their outfits accordingly.

The event’s most significant appeal particularly comes from the designated theme by which attendees dress by. Unlike a typical black-tie red carpet, everyone from the fashion world anticipates the Gala to unveil a new theme. Every year, an innovative yet always relevant topic of the exhibition creates one of, if not the most, unique red carpet events in today’s existence.

Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2019 –Camp: Notes on Fashion

To start with last year’s exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion – one of the most creative red carpets we ‘ve ever seen. But, what camp means? The camp is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’,” and consequently, that outlined characteristics of camp: irony, humor, parody, theatricalization, extravaganze, exaggeration. “One should always be a little improbable,” Oscar Wilde once wrote. In that spirit, 2019’s Met Gala was silly and sublime, calling all attendees to approach what is too much in fashion. Being that all our favorites looks are pink, one would argue that pink is pretty camp, no?

Anna Wintour wearing custom Chanel

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Lady Gaga wearing Brandon Maxwell

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Hailey Bieber wearing Alexander Wang

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Naomi Campbell wearing Valentino

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Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2018 –Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Curators designed this theme to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings. And it did, as this is officially the Met’s No. 1 exhibit of all time with the most significant number of visitors. Exhibition theme also inspired Red Carpet attendees, who went all out to stand out at Met Gala night! And these are our favorite divine outfits of the evening.

Ariana Grande wearing Vera Wang

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang 2018 - Our Favorite Met Gala Looks in the Last Decade

Amal Clooney wearing Richard Quinn

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Blake Lively wearing Atelier Versace

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Jennifer Lopez wearing Balmain

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Diane Kruger wearing Prabal Gurung

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Zendaya wearing custom Versace

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Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2017 – Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between

The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition examines the work of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. Rei is known for her avant-garde designs and, above all, her ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. Celebrities were, therefore, to follow in her footsteps and think outside of the box. Being that Rei is pretty unconventional, attendees went full-on creative to keep with her flair for inventive silhouettes.

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Priyanka Chopra wearing custom Ralph Lauren

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Jennifer Lopez wearing Valentino

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Cara Delevingne wearing Chanel

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Zendaya wearing Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda

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Bella Hadid wearing Alexander Wang

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Lily-Rose Depp wearing Chanel

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Hailey Baldwin wearing Carolina Herrera

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Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2016 – Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

We are all aware that fashion and technology are in an inextricable connection, more so now than ever before. 2016’s exhibition explores explicitly how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.
The goal, perhaps, is to open viewers’ eyes to help people recognize that fashion is far more than an accessible trend that can be copied and purchased in-store. Instead, it is a conglomerate of the meticulously designed, wearable-art we call clothing.

Claire Danes wearing Zac Posen

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Zendaya wearing Michael Kors Collection

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Emma Watson in Calvin Klein

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Poppy Delevingne wearing Marchesa

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Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen - Our Favorite Met Gala Looks in the Last Decade

Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2015 – China: Through the Looking Glass

In a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, this exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion as well as how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries.
You can see the whole process of preparing this event in a movie called The First Monday in May. And in all honesty, this movie is a real gem for all those who wish to peek into the industry’s most exclusive party.
To start with, see some of our favorite looks from that night!

Chloe Sevigny in J.W. Anderson

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Sienna Miller wearing Thakoon

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Rihanna wearing Guo Pei

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Anne Hathaway wearing Ralph Lauren

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Amal Clooney wearing Maison Margiela

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection

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Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2014 – Charles James: Beyond Fashion

This was the first exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute. The exhibition also examined the career of legendary 20th-century Anglo-American designer Charles James. James made his name in the fashion world with his glamourous and highly sculptural designs in the 1940s and 1950s. So, think serious drama, volume, and color. 
Although always intensely glamorous, 2014’s theme and resultant dress code ensured that the annual sartorial parade does not disappoint.

Dita von Tesse wearing Zac Posen

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Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

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Emma Stone in Thakoon

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Blake Lively in Gucci

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Beyoncé in Givenchy

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

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Charlize Theron in Dior

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Erykah Badu wearing Givenchy

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Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

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Lupita Nyong’o wearing Prada

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Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2013 – Punk: Chaos to Couture

As you can conclude from the name, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, examined punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. And as a result, the 2013’s Met Gala was a unique red carpet event where black lipstick, spikes, leather, and dirty-looking hair is the norm. These are some subtle, but edgy and gorgeous outfits from that night!

Rooney Mara wearing Givenchy

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Anja Rubik wearing Anthony Vaccarello

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Kerry Washington wearing Vera Wang

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Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2012 – Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations considers the striking affinities between these two iconic Italian designers from different eras. For instance, art played an essential role in the life and design of both Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. Schiaparelli’s collaborations with the Surrealists Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau, and Prada’s interest in and support contemporary artists further reflects in the collections and galleries of the Fondazione Prada. In addition, they brought art and fashion into proximity, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship. So let’s take a look at how these designers inspired celebrities outfits for the Ball. 

Karolina Kurkova In Rachel Zoe

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Emma Stone in Lanvin

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Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen

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Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Prada

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Our favorite Met Gala looks from 2011 –Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career. Including everything from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. Arguably, the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation. Notably, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment.

So, as you can imagine, a handful of the event’s stylish attendees turned up in looks from the fashion house some archived works by McQueen himself. Celebrities like Chlo Sevigny and industry insiders paid homage to the genius designer to carry on his legacy. So here are just some of the looks that we loved. 

Diane Kruger wearing Jason Wu

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Ashley Olsen wearing Vintage Christian Dior

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Zoe Saldana wearing Calvin Klein

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Gisele Bündchen wearing Alexander McQueen

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Beyonce Knowles wearing Emilio Pucci 

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Madonna wearing Stella McCartney

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Related: Our Top Looks From Paris Fashion Week for Fall 2018

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