THE KIM EFFECT
Believe it or not, there was a time before Kim Kardashian and her reality TV family were Met Gala mainstays. It’s hard to imagine a KarJenner-free red carpet, but it wasn’t until 2013 that Kim made her debut, followed by her first cover for Vogue in April 2014. Luckily, the Met Gala guest list has grown more inclusive, and the KarJenners continue to bring their sexy brand of dressing to the forefront of fashion prom. As we prepare for another red carpet packed with skin-baring ensembles, take a look back at the family’s most memorable Met style moments to date.
KIM AND KANYE, 2013
It’s the dress that launched 1000 memes, but Kim loved her custom floral Givenchy look so much (even the built-in gloves), she wore it again two years later for Halloween when pregnant with Saint. For his part, Kanye opted for a sleek black suit.
KIM AND KANYE, 2014
2014 marked Kendall’s Met Gala debut, and she went for a full-on princess moment in a custom blush mermaid-style Topshop gown and 82 carats of Chopard diamonds around her neck. (And we imagine the look inspired a ton of prom outfits that year.)
KIM AND KANYE, 2015
At first, Kim’s sheer crystal-embroidered Roberto Cavalli gown gave us flashback’s to Beyoncé’s 2012 Met Gala “naked dress,” but it turned out the star was inspired by another pop icon. “Tonight’s inspiration! Cher at the 1st ever Met Gala,” Kim wrote on Instagram, adding, “I just met her and told her this photo was my inspiration for my dress tonight! She is so beautiful! So happy I met her!!”
Kendall’s crystal-covered gown was custom designed by then Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa. “We only showed Kendall one option — the perfect one,” he told PEOPLE at the time. “We wanted her to feel sexy, luxurious and confident.” The vibrant color was inspired by the theme “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and was the starting point for the dress. “I wanted the color of the dress to resemble jade, which to me is very emblematic of China,” he said, adding that the lace-up sides were a last-minute add to “emphasize Kendall’s already amazing shape.”
Proud mama coming through! The momager got her first Met invite in 2015 in a red ruched Balmain gown with shoulder pads, teamed with a statement belt, shoulder-grazing earrings and a very ’80s-inspired fauxhawk.
KIM AND KANYE, 2016
Kim described her custom Balmain look as “blingy, sexy, robot,” while Kanye wore ripped jeans (and colored contacts!) so it was a great year for all.
The supermodel showed skin from all angles in a sheer, cutout Atelier Versace gown.
King Kylie made her debut sporting an Anna Wintour-esque bob and in a silver, fringe, beaded Balmain design with sheer side panels.
COREY GAMBLE AND KRIS, 2016
Not only did Kris get invited two years in a row but this time she got to bring a date, and they took their relationship to the next level in coordinating black-tie Balmain looks.
After her traumatic Paris robbery in the fall, Kim accessorized her off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood Couture corset dress with a “less-is-more approach.” After telling Ellen DeGeneres she doesn’t ever know if she can wear real jewelry again following the harrowing experience, she skipped statement diamonds altogether.
Kylie called her sheer embellished custom-made Versace gown, which she teamed with a bold platinum wig, “a dream come true.”
The supermodel turned heads the second she hit the carpet in her see-through La Perla Haute Couture gown which featured a dramatic front cut-out and visible thong bodysuit underneath.
The star channeled ’90s glam in this showstopping gold chainmail Versace gown, which she paired with a slicked back half-up ponytail and dramatic smoky eye.
KYLIE AND TRAVIS SCOTT, 2018
All eyes were on Kylie, who made her first red carpet appearance post-baby and red carpet debut with rapper boyfriend Travis Scott, at the 2018 “Heavenly Bodies” themed event.
The supermodel switched gears and opted for an angelic off-the-shoulder ruched couture top with with sheer elbow-length gloves and matching “long train” couture pants by Off-White instead of her usual glam gown.
For her third Met Gala apperarance, the Kardashian-Jenner family matriarch pulled out all the stops in a Tommy Hilfiger gown with an embellished bodice and feathered skirt.
KANYE AND KIM, 2019
While Kim went high-fashion in a custom Thierry Mugler “dripping wet” dress (the designer’s first new creation in 20 years!), Kanye made his return to the Met after a two year hiatus in a simple $40 Dickies jacket.
TRAVIS AND KYLIE, 2019
Fans drew comparisons to Lil’ Kim’s iconic 1999 VMA’s look when Kylie wore a mermaid-like purple wig and Swarovski crystal-embroidered Atelier Versace gown to the Met Ball. For the second year in a row, boyfriend Travis Scott joined her wearing a look by Dior Men.
COREY GAMBLE AND KRIS, 2019
Jaws dropped with the momager hit the Met red carpet in a sleek blonde wig paired with her Tommy Hilfiger gown, which Kris said Kylie encouraged her to wear. “A couple of hours ago Kylie decided that I should be blonde. ‘Mom, there’s no black hair tonight. You should be blonde,'” Kris said on the red carpet.