The Met Gala has come and in its departure has left major feels in every fashionista. The spring show, formally known as the Costume Institute Gala, is the annual fundraising celebration that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. We’re all about philanthropy, but we die-hard fashion fiends also know the yearly gala is better known as the epitome of outlandish and fierce fashion in the form of amazing Met Gala dresses.
The Met Gala is the event for A-listers to show off their fashion skills (and sometimes kookiness) and for the rest of the world to worship their looks. It’s the fashion event of the year. And, trust us, in the 70 years since the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, major looks have most definitely been served. You know what that means.
Only days after the 2018 Met Gala, it is time to rejoice by counting down the best Met Gala dresses of all time. Mm-hmmm. With so many stunning dresses, it won’t be easy, but someone has to try. Keep reading to see which of your favorite Met Gala dresses made the cut!
10.) Zendaya in Versace, 2018
Zendaya may be young, but the 21-year-old actress has had her fair share of red carpets; she’s just about slayed them all. This year’s gala was no exception. Our little queen morphed into one of the most beloved and fiercest female icons of all time. Joan of Arc.
The Versace metallic, warrior-like ensemble was right on point with the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” theme. Joan of Arc is a cherished Catholic saint, after all. And Zendaya deserves our admiration, too.
9.) Suki Waterhouse in Burberry, 2014
The year was 2014, and muted colored dresses filled the Costume Institute Gala’s red carpet … but none like the Burberry gown Suki Waterhouse wore.Gown is the right word. This was one of the best Met Gala dresses of the year because the English actress’s attire felt nostalgic, like something extraordinary from back in the day.
You can thank Burberry for Cinderella feels. It was a gown meant for a ball and prince —perhaps a blush heel to go missing at midnight? Sigh. A girl can only dream …
8.) Kate Moss in Calvin Klein, 1995
Kate Moss is legendary. She’s one of the few models to go “super” and make it to mainstream audiences. She ruled the ’90s like none other. At 1995’s Met Gala, it was obvious why. She sported a combination of unadulterated beauty and a “simple” white dress that properly showcased her for what she is: a supermodel, indeed.
The Calvin Klein dress has gone down in history as one of the best dresses of the yearly charity event. It’s clean, perfectly cut. Something everyone feels they’d look great in. Maybe not as nice as Kate, but, then again, who could look better than her?
7.) Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger, 2017
2017 was the year that beige and nude colors came to rule the beauty world. There was nude lips, nude heels … and then there was model Gigi Hadid: nude incarnate. Her Tommy Hilfiger dress was, yes, nude, but the cut and intricacies showed that even something muted could be extraordinary.
Fashion critics swooned over the teeny avant-garde dress. Beauty influencers went wild for Gigi’s asymmetrical slicked-back hair that mirrored her dress. And everyone obsessed with the color rejoiced for the next wave this dress created.
6.) Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton, 2016
The American country-gone-pop-star is as loved for herpost-breakup songs as she is for her preppy look. When Taylor wants to get a little crazy, fans know she’ll opt for a red lip. But the singer ripped away fan’s feelings of acquaintanceship at 2016’s Costume Institute Gala with the help of Louis Vuitton.
The designer’s dress was anything but a T-swift signature. The silver, slinky dress was dark and edgy —something Taylor actively promoted with a new bleached bob, dark lips and gladiator heels. Her brand-new fierce look worked and has since been ingrained in our heads as one of the best Met Gala dresses of all time.
5.) Naomi Campbell in Versace, 1995
In the same year that Kate Moss turned heads with her plain white dress, Naomi Campbell also wowed fashion critics in another white dress. She was the super yin to Kate’s yang. This time not for its sheer simplicity but for its extravagance.
The theme was “Haute Couture,” meaning high-end garments, custom-fitted by the best fashion designers in the world. Naomi’s dress sparkled like diamonds and stars and fit like a glove. Or, a glove meant for the elite queen Naomi is.
4.) Blake Lively … in Anything, Anytime
Blake Lively looks good in …? If you guessed “anything,” you are right. The actress that played a New York fashionista on Gossip Girl seems to have picked up a thing or two from GG. She’s the only A-lister on our list with three looks, and Blake has been a Met Gala favorite since she first attended.
In 2014, she took our breath away in a romantic blush Gucci gown, in 2017 she rocked a blue, feathery Comme des Garcons dress, and, most recently, nailed the Catholic theme in a embroidered Versace gown.
We think you’re winning, S.
3.) Rihanna in Comme des Garcons, 2017, and Guo Pei in 2015
2017 saw another Comme des Garcons knockout. This time worn by none other than fashion-forward bad girl RiRi. The theme was the “art of in-between” and celebrated the designer Rihanna wore. Her look easily hit the the mark: She was half paper doll and half badass lady.
That wasn’t the only time our girl killed the gala. In 2015, the star shocked us in deep yellow and an endless trail that celebrated that year’s theme: “China: Through the Looking Glass.” You better work, work, work, work, work, RiRi!
2.) Beyoncé in Givenchy, 2015
We should have known Bey had larger-than-life plans when she showed up hella fashionably late to 2015’s Met Gala. Why else would the Queen B need extra time? We know she always delivers.
One year after killing the gala game in her extra Sasha Fierce-ness, Bey went one step further, never letting us forget how fabulous she looked. “I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress” she sang in “Formation.” As if we could forget.
1.) Claire Danes in High-Tech Zac Posen
The 2016 theme was “Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Many stars wore metallic, futuristic dresses to the Costume Institute Gala for an on-the-nose take, but not American actress Claire Danes.
Instead, she turned heads for her revival of a classic ball gown. She wore Zac Posen; a beautiful blue dress with fiber-optics sewn in to light up the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It was Disney princess meets reality as well as today’s tech that won over the masses. #NeverForget
Let us know which Met Gala dress was your favorite in the comments below! Want to see looks that didn’t work on the read carpet? Check out “What Were They Thinking?! Biggest Celebrity Fashion Fails of All Time” for the worst of the worst.