The Best Met Gala Looks of All Time

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala is basically the Oscars of the fashion industry. Usually held each year on the first Monday in May, the biggest names in screen, music, modeling and more collaborate with the top fashion houses on one-of-a-kind looks — and the photos taken on the Met steps live on forever in style history. The Costume Institute's famous event is returning on May 2. This year's show "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," is part two of a yearlong exhibit about the power of American Fashion. (Part one, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," marked the post pandemic return of the gala last September.) As for this year's "gilded glamour" dress code, we're bound to see stars pull out all the high-fashion stops. Read on to reminisce about some of fashion prom's most iconic outfits — ever! 

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Jennifer Lopez, 2021

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Mike Coppola/Getty

Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Ralph Lauren Collection

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Beyoncé, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: Givenchy Haute Couture

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Lady Gaga, 2019

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Lady Gaga. Theo Wargo/WireImage

Theme: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

Dress(es): Brandon Maxwell designed a voluminous hot-pink caped gown featuring a mega-long train worn over a series of other looks by the designer, giving off the effect of a Russian Doll

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Nicole Kidman, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, America - 02 May 2016
Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock

Theme: "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"

Dress: Alexander McQueen

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Princess Diana, 1996

Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images

Theme: "Christian Dior"

Dress: Dior (from her friend John Galliano's debut couture collection as the Creative Director of Dior.)

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Kendall Jenner, 2021

The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion
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Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Givenchy Haute Couture

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Cameron Diaz, 2007

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Seth Wenig/AP

Theme: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

Dress: Christian Dior

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Zoë Kravitz

The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion
Zoë Kravitz. Getty

Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Saint Laurent

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Blake Lively, 2017

"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Theme: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between"

Dress: Atelier Versace

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Rihanna, 2015

US - ENTERTAINMENT-METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: Guo Pei

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Cher and Bob Mackie, 1974

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Insitute Gala Exhibition "Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design"

Theme: "Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design"

Dress: Bob Mackie

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Jennifer Lopez, 2015

USA - 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Gala - China: Through The Looking Glass - Red Carpet Arrivals In New York

Theme: "China: Through the Looking Glass"

Dress: Atelier Versace

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Taylor Swift, 2014

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Candids

Theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

Dress: Oscar de la Renta

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Amal and George Clooney, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: Maison Margiela

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1995

Costume Institute Gala
Ke.Mazur/WireImage

The Theme: "Haute Couture"

Dress: Calvin Klein

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Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker

MET Presents Anglomania: The Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Theme: "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion"

Dress: Alexander McQueen

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Cardi B, 2019

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Cardi B at the 2019 Met Gala. Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic

Theme: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

Dress: a quilted andfeathered gown by Thom Browne which featured an epic train and jeweled bodice boasting 44 carats worth of rubies

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Sienna Miller, 2013

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

Theme: "PUNK: Chaos to Couture"

Dress and Jacket: Burberry Prorsum

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Kim Kardashian West, 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, Arrivals, New York, USA - 07 May 2018
Amy Sussman/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Dress: Atelier Versace

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Zoë Saldana, 2016

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Theme: "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"

Dress: Dolce & Gabbana

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Lupita Nyong'o, 2014

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

Dress: Prada

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Billy Porter, 2019

The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion - Arrivals
Billy Porter at the 2019 Met Gala. Karwai Tang/Getty

Theme: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

Look: custom "Sun God" ensemble by The Blonds which included a bejeweled catsuit outfitted with 10-foot wings and a 24-karat gold headpiece

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Madonna, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
John Shearer/Getty

Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination"

Dress: Jean Paul Gaultier

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Beyonce, 2012

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala
Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic

Theme: "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations"

Dress: Givenchy Haute Couture

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Jackie Onassis, 1979

Costume Institute Gala Presents "Fashions of The Hapsburg Era"

Theme: "Fashions of The Hapsburg Era"

Dress: Valentino

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Katie Holmes, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: Zac Posen

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Kylie Jenner, 2017

The Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 01 May 2017
David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

Theme: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between"

Dress: Atelier Versace

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Kendall Jenner, 2017

The Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 01 May 2017
David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

Theme: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between"

Dress: La Perla

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
John Shearer/Getty

Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Dress and Headpiece: Dolce & Gabbana

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 2011

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

Theme: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

Dress: Stella McCartney

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Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper, 2018

Irina Shayk
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Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Dress: Atelier Versace

Tuxedo: Tom Ford

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Katy Perry, 2017

"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
Neilson Barnard/Getty

Theme: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between"

Dress: Maison Margiela

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Billie Eilish, 2021

Co-chair Billie Eilish attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.
John Shearer/WireImage

Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Oscar de la Renta

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Cardi B, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala
Cardi B at the 2018 Met Gala. Dia Dipasupil/WireImage

Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination"

Dress: Moschino

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Kim Kardashian, 2019

The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion - Arrivals
Neilson Barnard/Getty

Theme: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

Dress: a beaded latex Thierry Mugler dress, which brought the designer out of retirement and took over eight months to design

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Amal and George Clooney, 2018

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Dress: a floral strapless gown by British designer Richard Quinn teamed with a a sleek pair of trousers.

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David and Victoria Beckham, 2008

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Costume Institute Annual Gala - Arrivals
Stephen Lovekin/Getty

Theme: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

Dress: Armani Privé

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Gigi Hadid, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg

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Solange, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: Giles Deacon

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Lady Gaga, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: Balenciaga (designed by Alexander Wang)

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala
Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Theme: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

Dress: wearing a dress of her own design, in collaboration with H&M, and Philip Treacy headpiece

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Raquel Welch, 1982

Ron Galella Archive - File Photos 2011

Theme: Le Belle Époque

Dress: Thierry Mugler

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Emma Stone and Alber Elbaz, 2012

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Theme: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

Dress: Lanvin

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Bob Mackie and Cher, 1985

The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of "Costumes of Royal India"

Theme: "Costumes of Royal India"

Dress: Bob Mackie

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, 2015

US - ENTERTAINMENT-METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

Theme: "China: Through the Looking Glass"

Dress and Tuxedo: Roberto Cavalli

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Yara Shahidi, 2021

Yara Shahidi attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Dior

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Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs, 2009

Patrick McMullan Archives

Theme: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

Dress: Marc Jacobs

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Calvin Klein and Iman, 1981

Calvin Klein And Iman

Theme: "The Eighteenth-Century Woman"

Dress: Calvin Klein Collection

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Zendaya, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
John Shearer/Getty

Theme: "Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Dress: Jean Paul Gaultier

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, 2010

Patrick McMullan Archives
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, May 2010.

Theme: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity"

Dress and Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren

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Mary J. Blige, 2021

The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion
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Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Dundas

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Nicole Kidman, 2003

Goddess: Costume Institute Benefit Gala Arrivals
Mark Mainz/Getty

Theme: "Goddess: The Classical Mode"

Dress: Tom Ford

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Anne Hathaway, 2015

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Theme: 'China: Through The Looking Glass'

Dress: Ralph Lauren

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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, 2014

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

Dresses: Vintage Chanel (on Mary-Kate) and vintage Gianfranco Ferré (on Ashley)

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Blake Lively, 2014

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala
Karwai Tang/FilmMagic

Theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

Dress: Gucci Première

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Jennifer Lopez, 2019

Jennifer Lopez
Neilson Barnard/Getty

Theme: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

Dress: Versace

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Katy Perry, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala

Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Dress: Atelier Versace

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Michelle Williams, 2011

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Stephen Lovekin/Getty

Theme: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

Dress: Miu Miu

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Katy Perry, 2019

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion"
Katy Perry at the 2019 Met Gala. Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty

Theme: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

Dress: a custom Swarovski crystal-covered mini dress layered under a chandelier designed by Jeremy Scott for Moschino

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Kate Hudson, 2021

The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion
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Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Michael Kors Collection

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Selena Gomez, 2016

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Theme: "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"

Dress: Louis Vuitton

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Claire Danes, 2016

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Theme: "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"

Dress: Zac Posen

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Naomi Campbell, 1995

1995 Annual Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Theme: "Haute Couture"

Dress: Versace

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Kate Hudson, 2009

"The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals

Theme: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

Dress: Stella McCartney

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Julia Roberts and Giorgio Armani, 2008

Patrick McMullan Archives

Theme: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

Dress: Armani Privé

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Cate Blanchett, 2007

"Poiret: King of Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Departures

Theme: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

Dress: Balenciaga

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Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, 2008

"Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals

Theme: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

Dress: Versace

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Sandra Bullock, 2007

MET Costume Institute Benefit Gala Presents "Poiret: King Of Fashion"

Theme: "Poiret: King Of Fashion"

Dress: Alberta Ferretti

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Zendaya, 2016

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Theme: "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"

Dress: Michael Kors

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Madonna, 2013

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

Theme: "PUNK: Chaos to Couture"

Outfit: Givenchy

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Elle Macpherson, 2005

MET Costume Institute Gala Celebrating Chanel

Theme: "The House of Chanel"

Dress: Calvin Klein Collection (which she wore with flats!)

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Bella Hadid, 2017

The Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 01 May 2017
Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between

Catsuit: Alexander Wang

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Lady Gaga, 2016

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Theme: "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"

Outfit: Versace

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Sienna Miller, 2021

The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion
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Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Dress: Gucci

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Karolina Kurkova, 2005

MET Costume Institute Gala Celebrating Chanel

Theme: "The House of Chanel"

Dress: Viktor and Rolf

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