Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Rihanna’s extravagant gown from Chinese couturier Guo Pei may have sent the internet spiraling into a meme frenzy, but I appreciated every detail of Pei’s intricate work (it took two years to make!) and Rih’s commitment to the dress (it weighed 55 lbs.). Together they made a Met Gala moment so memorable I really can’t see what will ever top it.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER, 2006
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: If anything about the Met Gala can be called predictable, it’s that Sarah Jessica Parker will always be incredibly dedicated to the theme, for better or for worse. But for 2006’s “AngloMania,” year that she went as Alexander McQueen’s date, it was the perfect marriage of fashion house, daring style star and on-theme attire. The star wore a party dress draped with the Scottish designer’s family tartan for one of the loveliest and most memorable Met Gala gowns of all time.
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: Back in 2013 I chose Gisele Bündchen’s 2010 black leather Alexander Wang mini dress as my favorite Met Gala look of all time and I still stand by that pick. That year The Costume Institute partnered with Vogue and the Gap for on an “American Woman” exhibit and while many celebs celebrated the theme via princess-y ball gowns, the supermodel (who is co-hosting this year’s gala) made a sartorial statement in the sexy fringed design, styled with smoky eyes, a high ponytail. and the best red carpet arm candy ever (that would be husband Tom Brady).
ZOË KRAVITZ, 2015
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: You’re looking at the moment I fell in love with Zoë Kravitz’s style. (OK fine, and maybe Kravitz herself a little bit.) Her liquid-like mesh Alexander Wang dress was the perfect marriage of designer and woman — and proof that coolness stands out, even on fashion’s fanciest night.
JESSICA SIMPSON, 2007
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait …
Not only was Jessica Simpson a brunette in 2007, but she was also dating John Mayer, so there was a lot happening in her personal life. All that aside, her custom Roberto Cavalli gown was so dazzling from all angles, it still stands out in my mind as a Met MVP. And the designer was clearly proud to have Jess as his date (even if he had to share her with Mayer).
VICTORIA BECKHAM, 2006
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: It’s not necessarily a moment I reckon will go down in Posh’s personal style hall of fame; I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the last time acclaimed maker of streamlined designs dared to wear anything remotely flared. But from her rare red lip (which I want to believe inspired the one she later created) to the eye-popping jewels, and lest we forget about tulle (!), the Brit did the absolute most to celebrate “AngloMania,” the Met’s nod to British Fashion. And who could blame her?
DIANE KRUGER, 2015
Kami Phillips, E-Commerce Editor: When it comes to style, Diane Kruger can do no wrong in my eyes and this Chanel Spring 2011 Couture ensemble was no exception. The embellished bustier top and sheer pants combo was a breath of fresh air among all of the other gowns and dresses on the Met Gala red carpet that year. Plus, her faux lob adorned with flowers was so gorgeous!
LUPITA NYONG'O, 2014
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: This flapper-inspired custom Prada look is definitely one of my top 10 favorite red carpet moments of all times. The emerald green hue is so striking on her and the cool embellished net-like overlay is so unique and eye-catching — and to top it all off, I love how she added the vintage Cartier emerald necklace as a headpiece — such a major moment!
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: I think I reached my peak obsession with Beyoncé’s red carpet style when I saw her in this daring Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci custom made gown. With just multicolored crystals placed over her chest, backside and nether regions, this was a true Queen Bey moment no other star could have ever pulled off.
MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN, 2005
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: I mean, is there a moment in fashion history that reigns more iconic than the Olsen sisters’ first-ever Met Gala? Considering the fact that Mary-Kate had brown hair and was going through her boho phase, or the fact that neither sister was wearing black, I’m going to go ahead and say no.
ERYKAH BADU, 2014
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: It’s not every woman who can stroll up to the biggest black tie event in fashion not only wearing custom Givenchy haute couture pants, but also rocking a bejeweled ten gallon hat. Then again, Erykah Badu is not every woman.