The Most Memorable Met Gala Outfits of All Time

The Met Gala is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for fashion enthusiasts and celebrities alike. Held annually on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the museum’s Costume Institute, and also serves as the opening party for its annual fashion exhibit.

Each year, the Met Gala has a different theme, and the guests are expected to dress accordingly. Some of the most iconic and memorable Met Gala looks have come from celebrities who have fully embraced the theme, taking risks and pushing the boundaries of fashion.

One of the most talked-about Met Gala looks of all time is Rihanna’s 2015 dress, which was designed by Chinese couturier Guo Pei. The stunning, canary yellow gown featured intricate embroidery and a massive train that required a team of handlers to help Rihanna navigate the red carpet.

Rihanna wears Guo Pei at the Met Gala in 2015. Photo: Getty Images

Another unforgettable moment was when Sarah Jessica Parker arrived at the 2013 Met Gala wearing a headpiece by Philip Treacy that resembled a flame. The bold accessory perfectly complemented her punk-inspired Giles Deacon dress and thigh-high velvet boots.

Sarah Jessica Parker and her Philip Treacy headpiece at the 2013 Met Gala. Photo: Getty Images

In 2018, the Met Gala’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and several celebrities took the opportunity to pay homage to religious iconography with their outfits. One standout was Zendaya, who channeled Joan of Arc in a custom Versace gown complete with chainmail and a short red bob. Meanwhile, Rihanna made waves once again with her stunning, papal-inspired ensemble by Maison Margiela.

Zendaya in custom Versace at the Met Gala in 2018. Photo: Getty Images

Whether they’re making a political statement, paying tribute to a fashion icon, or simply showing off their own unique style, the Met Gala is always a night to remember.

Scroll down to see a full gallery of the most iconic Met Gala outfits that have ever graced those Met steps.

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