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Some Wore Flowers, Some Wore Sand, Many Wore Nothing: The Best Moments of the Met Gala 2024
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by Lydia Medeiros 6-minute read May 7, 2024

This year’s theme, Sleeping Beauty: Reawakening Fashion, honors the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition of ephemeral garments.

Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion is the new exhibition at the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the benefactor of tonight’s fundraising achievements. A far cry from Disney's Princess Aurora, it supports the romantic notion of honoring the delicate and sometimes centuries-old garments too fragile to be placed on display at the Met and the spectacular art of couture that has shaped fashion throughout history. 

The dress code for the evening, however, is “The Garden of Time.” While we did anticipate seeing blooming (reawakening) flowers and other literal interpretations, we were pleasantly surprised by the influx of creative concepts and stylish feats that turned the Met Gala red…er…floral carpet into fashion’s biggest night out – with more than a few looks we thought belonged in the museum as well. 

From protests just around the corner and daring beauty looks to corsets and so much skin, here are the best moments from the Met Gala 2024.

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But First, Palestine

Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Park and Madison Avenue in New York City as they marched with their flags and voices to protest the genocide of the Palestinian people. You could hear the chanting from blocks away, and at one point, smoke started coming down the streets. It’s clear that despite the pomp and glamorous circumstances, the heart of the people still remains with those suffering in Palestine, and they will not be silenced.

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Gwendoline Christie's Hair is Giving Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland"

Gwendoline Christie brought the drama to the floral carpet in a theatrically perfect custom Maison Margiela look and hair that is something from a fairytale. After the maison’s viral January show, Christie’s other-worldly porcelain face by Pat McGrath took over everyone’s feed. It appears her fairytale coif may make a similar splash after tonight. Or it will house a family of sparrows by the morning. 

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Will the Real Sleeping Beauty Please Stand Up?

Elsa Pataky (Chris Hemsworth's wife) looks like the real-life Sleeping Beauty. That’s all.

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Zendaya Doesn’t Miss

In a custom Maison Margiela gown by John Galliano, Zendaya channeled the flappers of the 1920s in a look inspired by Galliano's iconic design at Christian Dior for Spring 1999 Couture. We love how Zendaya morphs into a new character every time she dons another look, and tonight was no different.

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Bad Bunny Knows Sleeping Beauty?

Bad Bunny’s custom Maison Margiela look from the Artisanal collection paid homage to his homeland with a Flor de Maga, the national flower of Puerto Rico, along with a dark rose and a flax plant – which is what Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on in the original fairytale – something we were surprised to learn from Bad Bunny, of all people. 

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Gigi Hadid Should Leave That Gown in the Museum

Gigi Hadid knows how to bloom on the Met Gala red carpet. Hadid’s off-the-shoulder corseted Thom Browne gown took 13,500 hours to create by a team of more than 70 people. In one of this year’s most impressive feats of craftsmanship, it features 2.8 million hand-embroidered micro bugle beads. This is perhaps why it took five people to help her ascend the stairs. She’s basically wearing a sculpture.

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All Hail Elle Fanning

This year’s theme was made for Elle Fanning – or Elle Fanning was made for this year’s theme. Okay, Elle Fanning is the unofficial theme. She traded her glass slipper for a glass dress, and it was ethereal perfection.

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Cardi B Mothered

Cardi B shut down the green carpet in one of those moments that will go down as one of the most iconic Met Gala looks of all time. In a Giambattista Valli gown that required eight people to carry it, Cardi B appeared to be enveloped by a fog of magic as the dress peeled down, swallowing everything in its path. 

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Rita Ora's Blast from the Past

Rita Ora won the award for the most ancient dress of the night, which was crafted from beads from 200 to 300 BCE and nothing else. We can’t show you a picture of Ora’s gown because we are sincere about the “nothing else” bit, but here is a picture of her partner, Taika Waititi, modestly covered in brown leather. (Now Google her look if you dare.)

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Tyla Wears Sculpted Sand

First-time Met Gala attendee Tyla was a sensation in skintight Balmain, which painstakingly sculpted from three different types of sand. Diving deep into the “sands of time” concept,  complete with an hourglass bag accessory, her stylist, Olivier Rousteing, said he wanted to play on this idea of “fleeting beauty” by creating a dress that could only be worn once. Indeed, the South African singer had to be carried up the steps to keep her gown from disintegrating before midnight. 

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Karol G Is a Fairy

No, really. Karol G is either a fairy, or she had prosthetics added to her ears. After a brief stop in New York City, she's on her way to Rivendell.

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Zendaya and Law Roach Win "Pull of the Night"

Coming around for one more turn, Zendaya surprised everyone by slaying in yet another look, this time closing out the green carpet in vintage Givenchy Spring 1996 Couture by John Galliano, sourced by her celebrity stylist Law Roach. The look was perfectly accented by a flower bouquet hat from Philip Treacy’s collection for Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2007. We love a twist ending after the credits roll.

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