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72 of the Most Iconic Met Gala Dresses of All Time
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by Savoir Flair 4-minute read April 30, 2024

From retro classics to futuristic trends, take a look at some of the most audacious and eye-catching fashion that could only happen at the Met Gala.

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was established in 1937 to preserve historically significant costumes and accessories from the past, and now possesses over 35,000 such artifacts.

In order to keep the institute thriving, the Met has been throwing an annual gala since 1971, attracting the world’s most famous faces for a red carpet walk, a tour of the current exhibit, and a cocktail hour. While Met Gala attire was straightforwardly black-tie oriented for decades, it has become one of the most creative playing fields for red carpet looks in the past two decades. With themes like goddesses, superheroes, and punks, the A-list guests have plenty of opportunity to flex their sartorial muscles, culminating in some of the most exciting ensembles of the year.

Over time, we’ve seen Princess Diana stun in Dior, Sarah Jessica Parker go all-out with extravagant costumes, and megawatt stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé serving seriously memorable looks. In anticipation of the upcoming Met Gala, this retrospective revisits some of its most iconic looks – and how they’ve evolved – over the decades.

gallery CHER, 1974 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JACQUELINE ONASSIS, 1979 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery DIANA VREELAND, 1981 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery DIANA ROSS, 1981 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery IMAN, 1981 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CHER, 1985 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CHRISTY TURLINGTON, 1992 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KATE MOSS, 1995 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery PRINCESS DIANA, 1996 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery AMBER VALLETTA, 1999 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CHARLIZE THERON, 1999 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery DONATELLA VERSACE, 1999 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CAROLINE KENNEDY, 2001 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery DAVID BOWIE & IMAN, 2003 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery NICOLE KIDMAN, 2003 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery AMBER VALLETTA, 2004 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery NATALIE PORTMAN, 2004 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery SCARLETT JOHANSSON, 2004 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KAROLINA KURKOVA, 2005 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery SARAH JESSICA PARKER, 2006 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery ALEXA CHUNG, 2010 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery GISELE BÜNDCHEN, 2011 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CHRISTINA RICCI, 2011 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JESSICA BIEL, 2010 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JAY-Z & BEYONCÉ, 2011 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JENNIFER LOPEZ, 2010 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery ELIZABETH BANKS, 2012 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery SARAH JESSICA PARKER, 2011 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery EMMA STONE & ALBER ELBAZ, 2012 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery GIOVANNA BATTAGLIA, 2012 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JESSICA ALBA, 2012 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KAROLINA KURKOVA, 2012 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BEYONCÉ, 2013 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CARA DELEVINGNE, 2013 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery MILEY CYRUS, 2013 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery NICOLE RICHIE, 2013 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BEYONCÉ, 2014 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JANELLE MONAE, 2014 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KRISTEN STEWART, 2014 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY, 2014 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery AMAL CLOONEY, 2015 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BEYONCÉ, 2015 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery RIHANNA, 2015 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BEYONCÉ, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BRIE LARSON, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CINDY CRAWFORD, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery EMMA WATSON, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JESSICA CHASTAIN, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery LUPITA NYONG'O, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery TAYLOR SWIFT, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery QUEEN RANIA, 2016 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery GIGI HADID, 2017 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BELLA HADID, 2017 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery JULIANNE MOORE, 2017 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BLAKE LIVELY, 2018 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery CARDI B, 2019 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery RIHANNA, 2018 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KENDALL JENNER, 2018 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery GIGI HADID, 2018 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KATY PERRY, 2019 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KIM KARDASHIAN, 2019 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KYLIE & KENDALL JENNER, 2019 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery ZENDAYA, 2019 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery EMMA CHAMBERLAIN, 2021 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery IMAN, 2021 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KIM KARDASHIAN, 2021 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery OLIVIA RODRIGO, 2021 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery BLAKE LIVELY, 2022 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery GIGI HADID, 2022 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery KIM KARDASHIAN, 2022 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery DUA LIPA, 2023 | GETTY IMAGES
gallery GISELE BÜNDCHEN, 2023 | GETTY IMAGES
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