It's the day after the first Monday in May, and in the fashion world, the biggest topic of discussion on the agenda is the Met Gala. This year, attendees were tasked with flaunting their finest outfits inspired by the work and life of designer Karl Lagerfeld, to mark the opening of the Met Museum’s Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty exhibition. The 2023 theme was a controversial one, spotlighting a figure who undoubtedly had tremendous impact on the industry during his time at various prominent fashion houses (Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, Balmain, and more), but whose legacy is also marred by problematic stances on issues including gender, sexuality, race, and size.
As we reflect on the newest array of head-turning outfits on the sartorial star-studded red carpet, we can’t help but think about some of the Met Gala’s biggest fashion moments ever. So, we’re taking a trip down memory lane, revisiting some of our all-time favorite Met Gala looks, from Kate Moss’ Marc Jacobs golden mini dress circa 2009 to Cardi B’s regal Moschino gown from 2018, and even a look or two from last year’s Gilded Glamour theme. Don’t worry, SJP and Alexander McQueen in matching tartan, Naomi Campbell in glittering Versace, and Kim Kardashian in Thierry Mugler’s first original design in 20 years also made the cut.
So prepare to be amazed by the ethereal looks and red carpet dresses 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.