Met Gala Themes Throughout the Years: A Look Back at the First Monday of May, Since 1995


When the Met Gala was first created in 1948, its aim was to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. To this day, that is the purpose of the Met Gala — and it doesn’t hurt that New York’s elite doesn’t mind a night of sipping champagne and dressing up to the nines. Plus, who doesn’t love a themed party?

Even 74 years after the first annual event, the Met Gala is still going strong, with the world’s most influential beautiful people travelling from far and wide, to walk up the famous steps and have their photos taken in designer costumes. It’s the thing of fairytales, really.

There’s one thing that guides the fashion of each Met Gala, and that is the theme. Chosen by Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, the Met Gala theme aims to centre around a timely social topic, offering inspiration for boundary-pushing fashion looks.

To look through the past themes of the Met Gala is like flicking through a fashion history book. And so, in the lead-up to the Met Gala on May 3, 2022, here are all the themes and most iconic Met Gala looks since 1995.

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