A Tribute To The Best Met Gala Look Of All Time

It’s the first Monday in May, but for the first time in nearly two decades, no one will be lining up on the steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art tonight for the Costume Institute’s annual Met Gala. Central Park might be open (to the dismay of many worried New Yorkers), but the museum that calls it home is not. And neither is the About Time: Fashion and Duration exhibition.

As New York City itself hits pause, fashion’s most elite people — from the gala’s co-hosts Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and of course, Anna Wintour, to the most notorious Met Gala dressers (think Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jared Leto, and Cardi B) — are at home, probably posting photos from Met Galas past (bathroom pics included).

But just because we can’t tune into fashion’s biggest night tonight doesn’t mean that we can’t still celebrate what could’ve been. To do so, we’re taking a trip down memory lane, re-visiting some of our all-time favorite Met Gala looks, from Kate Moss’s Marc Jacobs golden mini dress circa 2009 to Cardi B’s staircase-enveloping Thom Browne gown from last year. Don’t worry, SJP and Alexander McQueen in matching tartan, Naomi Campbell in glittering Versace, and Kim Kardashian West in Thierry Mugler’s first original design in 20 years also made the cut. 

So shake (or stir) up a quarantini, put on a #throwback ensemble, and prepare to be amazed by the ethereal looks that have garnered attention every year since the first Costume Institute Benefit in 1948. Click on for our list of the best Met Gala looks of all time.


Carmen Kass in Gucci, 2003


The open neck is the new open back, as proven by Carmen Kass's iconic red satin Gucci gown from the 2003 Met Gala.Photo: Gucci/Getty Images.


Hailey Bieber in Alexander Wang, 2019

Only Hailey Bieber could make a crystal thong seem like a casual red pink carpet accessory. Photo: Karwai Tang/Getty Images.

Rihanna in John Galliano, 2018


Can we all take a second to memorialize Rihanna's crystal-covered John Galliano papal look for the Heavenly Bodies themed Met Gala in 2018? Photo: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images.

Naomi Campbell in Versace, 1995


Naomi Campbell always looks fantastic. Full stop. But this dazzling Versace number from the 1995 Met Gala truly is a step above the rest. Photo: Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images.

Ashley Olsen in Dior, 2013


Ashley Olsen was the picture of sunshine at the 2013 Met Gala, where she wore a tangerine shapeless frock courtesy of Dior. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Cardi B in Thom Browne, 2019


Quilted coats who? We're opting for quilted gowns only (with feathered details and extra-long trains, of course) from now on. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang, 2018


Ariana Grande consistently goes above and beyond in the costume department. But her Sistine Chapel Vera Wang gown for 2018's Catholic-themed Met Gala was assuredly her most extra look yet. Photo: Jackson Lee/Getty Images.

Kim Kardashian West in Mugler, 2019


Straight out of the ocean and onto the pink carpet in custom Mugler is the only way we want Kim Kardashian West to show up anywhere for the foreseeable future. Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.

Zoë Kravitz in Oscar de la Renta, 2017


Who else freaked out when Zoë Kravitz wore millennial pink to the Met Gala during peak millennial pink popularity? Photo: J. Kempin/Getty Images.

Frances McDormand in Valentino, 2018


Does it get more fabulous than Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand in avant-garde Valentino at the Met Gala? We're thinking not.
Photo: George Pimentel/Getty Images.

Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein, 2016

We'd be cheesin' it too if we looked as extraordinary as Lupita Nyong'o in this sparkling green Calvin Klein number.
Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.

Jared Leto in Gucci, 2019


It doesn't get much more camp than carrying a 3D clone of your own head on the red carpet. Nice work, Alessandro Michele. We see you, and we appreciate you. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

Zendaya in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2018


Who else is getting serious Dune vibes from the armored Gaultier gown Zendaya wore in 2018?
Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images.

Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs, 2009


Kate Moss in this Marc Jacobs gold turban and backless mini combo is golden hour in human form. Photo: BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images.

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci, 2019


Watch out Emilia Clarke, there's a new Mother of Dragons in town, and it's Saoirse Ronan in Gucci. Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.

Lana Del Rey in Gucci, 2018


Lana Del Rey's Gucci ensemble nailed the 2018 Met Gala's Catholic theme. Photo: Dia Dipasupil/WireImage.

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino, 2017


The Versace jungle dress might be J.Lo's most iconic, but we'd argue that this baby blue Valentino gown deserves the #1 spot. Photo: J. Kempin/Getty Images.

Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham, 2014


Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham. That's it. That's the caption.Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.

Billy Porter in The Blonds, 2019


Not pictured: Billy Porter being carried onto the Met Gala pink carpet Cleopatra style by six very handsome men also wearing gold ensembles by The Blonds.Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.

Cara Delevingne in Chanel, 2017


The only thing better than Cara Delevingne introducing her sleek new bald 'do at the Manus x Machina Met Gala was the metallic Chanel pantsuit she wore.Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage.

Solange Knowles in Iris van Herpen and Brother Vellies, 2018


There's a reason Solange Knowles goes by Saint Records, and it's this slick black Iris van Herpen gown, gold angelic crown, and Brother Vellies thigh-high boots. That's not really the reason, but a girl can dream. Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images.

Bella Hadid in Alexander Wang, 2017


Bella Hadid in barely there Alexander Wang needs no introduction.
Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

Princess Diana in Dior, 1996


Possibly the most iconic of all the Met Gala looks is Princess Diana in a very daring blue Dior slip dress with a matching sapphire necklace. Photo: Patrick McMullan/Getty Images.

Cardi B in Thom Browne, 2018


What's better than Cardi B's quilted Thom Browne gown from the 2019 Met Gala? The rhinestone-incrusted Thom Browne gown she wore the year prior. Photo: Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic.

Sienna Miller in Burberry, 2006


Talk about glowing. Sienna Miller is a genuine ray of light in this Burberry micro mini. Photo: BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images.

Beyoncé in Givenchy, 2016


No one does latex fashion quite like Beyoncé, especially when it's designed by Givenchy.Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage.

Dita von Tesse in Zac Posen, 2014


Old Hollywood glamour doesn't get much better than this. Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.

Erykah Badu in Givenchy, 2014


Erykah Badu deserves the first-place prize for her Givenchy hat game at the 2014 Met Gala. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen in vintage John Galliano for Dior, 2015


Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen in head-to-toe black isn't exactly groundbreaking, but that doesn't mean we don't also love it. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images.

Chloe Sevigny in J.W. Anderson, 2015


Every single inch of this J.W. Anderson original on Chloë Sevigny is absolute perfection.
Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage.

Rihanna in Guo Pei, 2015


Does Rihanna ever not look perfect on the Met Gala steps? Doubtful.
Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren, 2015


Anne Hathaway took a cue from Little Red Riding Hood with this sexy and sophisticated gold hooded gown courtesy of Ralph Lauren. Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs, 2013


Miley Cyrus was the definitive punk princess in sheer, netted Marc Jacobs at the 2013 Met Gala.Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney, 2011


Between the extra-high slit and the extra-low back, this Stella McCartney number on Gwyneth Paltrow is the epitome of sex appeal.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Madonna in Stella McCartney, 2011


This Stella McCartney cap-sleeved gown was, without a doubt, Madonna's "Lucky Star."
Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images.

Christina Ricci in Givenchy, 2008

Catch us re-creating Christina Ricci's pink and red Givenchy look on Valentine's Day 2021.
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.

Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, 2006


Tartan twinning. Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.

Amber Valletta in Maggie Norris Couture and John Galliano, 2004


The hair! The baubles! The corset! Every detail of Amber Valletta's Maggie Norris and John Galliano ensemble from the 2004 Met Gala was a win if you ask us. Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.

Marie-Chantal Mille in Valentino, 2001


Have you ever seen anything chicer than Princess Marie-Chantal Mille of Greece wearing Valentino with Valentino? Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.


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