The 10 Greatest Met Gala Looks Of All Time

May 3, 2018  |  
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When it comes to the most sought-after, most stunning and most newsworthy red carpet of the year, you’d be hard-pressed to argue the Met Gala doesn’t claim that title. Each year comes with a different theme and a new excuse for some of Hollywood’s most fashion-forward celebrities to come with the A+ style game. From experimental, avant garde numbers to sexy lace gowns, the Met Gala attendees boast dozens of incredible designs that continue to wow us year after year. And while we assume 2018’s extravaganza will be no exception on May 7, we figured now is the perfect time to look back at some of our all-time favorites.

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Zendaya: 2017

While the night’s theme was meant to celebrate avant garde fashion and Comme des Garçons, Zendaya decided to take a different approach, rocking a stunning Dolce and Gabbana gown. Paired with a beautifully natural mane and striking red lips, Zendaya took everyone’s breath away.

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Rihanna: 2017

Rihanna always makes a statement at the Met Gala, but one of her most head-turning looks came last year when she rocked an incredible Comme des Garçons creation down the red carpet. Big, bold and fresh off the runway, Rihanna killed it in this structured number.

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Beyonce: 2016

Always coming to the party with a sexy little number, Beyonce’s 2016 Met Gala look was no exception. The skin-tight, nude gown she wore was designed by the incredible Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and was absolutely jaw-dropping, fitting her like a glove.

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Zoe Saldana: 2016

Embracing the night’s theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Zoe Saldana stunned on the Met Gala red carpet back in 2016 with a gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana gown with a ridiculously glorious feathered train. Hair slicked back with a dewy glow on her skin, Saldana really let her gown take centerstage but didn’t get lost in it.

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Lupita Nyong’o: 2016

When it comes to red carpet style, Lupita Nyong’o knows how to make an entrance. And she most certainly did at the Met Gala back in 2016. Rocking a beautiful green Calvin Klein gown, it was Nyong’o’s hair that really helped to make this look. A tribute to sculpted hairstyles in the black community, Nyong’o knew how to make a statement that went beyond just style.

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Rihanna: 2015

Her second appearance on our all-time Met Gala looks roundup, Rihanna took our collective breaths away with her intricate gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei. The dress, which according to Rihanna took two years to complete, epitomized the year’s Met Gala theme “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Not the most practical gown she could have chosen, but who really cares about being practical when you’re making such an eye-catching statement on the red carpet.

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Jennifer Lopez: 2015

Words can’t describe this utterly gorgeous Versace gown donned by Jennifer Lopez for the 2015 Met Gala. With striking accents of red beading and illusion panels, this mermaid gown hugged all the right curves and was a true show-stopper.

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Janelle Monae: 2014

Leave it to the always fashion-forward Janelle Monae to know how to make an entrance for the Met Gala. Rocking an incredible red Tadashi Shoji cape, Monae changed up her typical black and white look to embrace this vibrant pop of color.

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Joan Smalls: 2013

The 2013 Met Gala theme — Punk: Chaos to Couture — didn’t entirely inform Joan Small’s look, but it didn’t make it any less stunning. The Victoria’s Secret model wowed with a lacey black gown and designer Tom Ford on her arm.

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Kerry Washington: 2013

Kerry Washington tapped into some punk-inspired style vibes when she rocked purple highlights in her hair to match a stunning Vera Wang a floral mermaid gown. Washington has had a lot of great Met Gala looks, but this is definitely one of our favorites.

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