The Most Beautiful Met Gala Outfits Of All Time

Because this year’s Met Gala is going to take place on Monday, we can’t help but think back on the past and all of the delectable looks that the gala has generated throughout the years. Fashion’s version of the Oscars never disappoints, from high-wattage couture designs to out-of-the-box risqué ensembles that may have taken some time to properly appreciate.

Consider colorful feathers, metallics that seem like body armor, almost obsessive sheer accents, and enough decorations to shake a very fashionable stick at. For obvious reasons, a few well-known fashion mavens earned numerous slots on our list. We’re sure everyone has their favorites, but there’s no disputing that these celebrities made a fashion statement. Scroll down to revisit the best fashion moments from the Met Gala.

Nicole Kidman, 2003

Nicole Kidman, 2003

Nicole was all about the bling in this stunning Gucci by Tom Ford one-shoulder gown and a set of blinding diamond statement earrings.

Theme: Goddess: The Classical Mode

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Jennifer Garner, 2007

Jennifer Garner, 2007

It was the truly epic train on Jennifer’s red Valentino Couture strapless gown that made this look memorable.

Theme: Poiret: King of Fashion

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Iman, 2008

Iman, 2008

Iman stood out in 2008 by working this red satin Dolce & Gabbana gown featuring a jewel hip accent with the gusto only a supermodel can muster.

Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

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Eva Longoria, 2008

Eva Longoria, 2008

The layers of ruffles on Eva’s purple Marchesa gown gave it an impressive 3-D effect.

Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

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Marion Cotillard, 2010

Marion Cotillard, 2010

Proof positive that when the Marion/Christian Dior partnership works, it really shines.

Theme: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

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Jennifer Lopez, 2010

Jennifer Lopez, 2010

Jennifer was the epitome of sheer glamour in a Zuhair Murad gown accented by some seriously smoky eyes.

Theme: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

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Taylor Swift, 2011

Taylor Swift, 2011

Props to Taylor for embracing the Savage Beauty theme and forgoing her usual sequin-clad dresses. Instead, gothic elegance reigned supreme in this J. Mendel gown with black lace overlay.

Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Solange Knowles, 2011

Solange Knowles, 2011

Solange got graphic at the gala in a colorful geometric Dries Van Noten Fall 2011 gown.

Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Jennifer Lopez, 2011

Jennifer Lopez, 2011

The floral topper on Jennifer’s fuchsia Gucci Fall 2011 gown made her one of the night’s standouts. Of course, nearly $500,000 of H.Stern diamonds probably didn’t hurt, either.

Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Salma Hayek, 2011

Salma Hayek, 2011

Salma‘s peachy organza Alexander McQueen gown was perfectly styled with Gucci gems and an Alexander McQueen clutch.

Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Karolina Kurkova, 2012

Karolina Kurkova, 2012

Karolina shut down the gala the second she hit the scene in Rachel Zoe’s glittering rose gold long-sleeve gown and matching turban.

Theme: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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Beyoncé, 2012

Beyoncé, 2012

While there was a lot of focus on the sheerness of Beyoncé’s Givenchy Couture embellished gown, it was that ombre feathered skirt that really demanded attention.

Theme: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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Nina Dobrev, 2012

Nina Dobrev, 2012

Nina was a metallic marvel in an eye-catching Donna Karan Atelier gown featuring an expansive train.

Theme: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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Carey Mulligan, 2012

Carey Mulligan, 2012

The future never looked so good. Carey’s custom gold and silver Prada dress was definitely fashion-forward, while her teased updo projected a 60s vibe.

Theme: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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Amber Heard, 2013

Amber Heard, 2013

OK, so it wasn’t “punk,” but Amber’s red Emilio Pucci lacy gown with beaded embroidery deserves some recognition.

Theme: PUNK: Chaos to Couture

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker, 2013

Leave it to SJP to go over-the-top. We love how the actress went all out in this patterned Giles gown, plaid boots and a Philip Treacy headpiece that people are still talking about.

Theme: PUNK: Chaos to Couture

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Uma Thurman, 2013

Uma Thurman, 2013

Another attendee who eschewed the punk theme, though we can’t fault Uma for selecting this exquisite Zac Posen chartreuse gown.

Theme: PUNK: Chaos to Couture

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Naomie Harris, 2013

Naomie Harris, 2013

Naomie’s purple Donna Karan Atelier gown had a dark side thanks to its layered feathered train.

Theme: PUNK: Chaos to Couture

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Emmy Rossum, 2013

Emmy Rossum, 2013

Of all the guests at the 2013 Met Gala, Emmy probably surprised us the most by taking a turn at going punk. Sure, it was punk lite, but that faux-hawk and those dramatic smoky cat eyes upped the edge factor of her Donna Karan Atelier gown.

Theme: PUNK: Chaos to Couture

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Cameron Diaz, 2013

Cameron Diaz, 2013

Cameron was electric in a deep blue Stella McCartney cape gown accented by a spiked belt.

Theme: PUNK: Chaos to Couture

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Karolina Kurkova, 2014

Karolina Kurkova, 2014

Although this voluminous Marchesa Spring 2011 teal floral print gown may have overwhelmed most, Karolina worked the tiered masterpiece with great aplomb.

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker, 2014

Doing a complete 180 from the previous year, the star glammed up in a grand Oscar de la Renta gown that looked just as good from the back as the front.

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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Blake Lively, 2014

Blake Lively, 2014

Blake’s Gucci Première gown offered straightforward elegance with an Old Hollywood twist.

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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Liu Wen, 2014

Liu Wen, 2014

Liu made a statement in a green Zac Posen ballgown with a supremely structured skirt fit for a queen.

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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Charlize Theron, 2014

Charlize Theron, 2014

Charlize showed her stripes in a Christian Dior Couture strapless gown wrapped up by a draped black tuxedo jacket.

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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Erykah Badu, 2014

Erykah Badu, 2014

Comparisons between the chanteuse’s extended hat and Pharrell Williams’ iconic Vivienne Westwood topper are inevitable, but Erykah’s custom Givenchy Couture ensemble was in a league all its own.

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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Rihanna, 2015

Rihanna, 2015

The train on Rihanna’s Guo Pei creation was truly epic.

Theme: China: Through The Looking Glass

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Jennifer Lopez, 2015

Jennifer Lopez, 2015

This fiery Versace number featured strategic embellishments.

Theme: China: Through The Looking Glass

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Zoe Saldana, 2016

Zoe Saldana, 2016

It was the peacock-inspired skirt on Zoe’s grand Dolce & Gabbana ballgown that made an impression.

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

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Claire Danes, 2016

Claire Danes, 2016

Claire’s Cinderella-worthy Zac Posen gown came complete with LED lights.

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

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Rihanna, 2017

Rihanna, 2017

Rihanna embodied this year’s theme decked out in a multidimensional Comme des Garçons creation.

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

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Rihanna, 2018

Rihanna, 2018

Her Holiness rocked a Maison Margiela getup and Cartier jewelry.

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

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Katy Perry, 2018

Katy Perry, 2018

The wings on Katy’s custom Atelier Versace outfit were so massive, she had to ride standing up in a convertible to get to the gala.

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

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Zendaya, 2018

Zendaya, 2018

Zendaya’s Atelier Versace ensemble was Joan of Arc chic.

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

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Lady Gaga, 2019

Lady Gaga, 2019

Lady Gaga’s Brandon Maxwell-filled performance earned her a spot in Met Gala history.

Theme: Camp: Notes on Fashion

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Janelle Monáe, 2019

Janelle Monáe, 2019

Janelle’s surreal Christian Siriano look was pretty eye-catching.

Theme: Camp: Notes on Fashion

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Billy Porter, 2019

Billy Porter, 2019

While Billy’s grand entrance was something to behold, this look by The Blonds took center stage.

Theme: Camp: Notes on Fashion

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Billie Eilish, 2021

Billie Eilish, 2021

Billie Eilish had a princess moment in Oscar de la Renta.

Theme: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

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Amanda Gorman, 2021

Amanda Gorman, 2021

Amanda Gorman’s custom Vera Wang dress was simply stellar.

Theme: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

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