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Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

From Blake Lively to Beyonce – see photos all of the best Met Gala looks throughout the years.

The Met Gala is more important to the fashion industry than any show at New York Fashion Week and with good reason. Every year on the first Monday in May, countless celebrities show up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City dressed impeccably to fit a specific theme. It’s basically a costume party – albeit the costumes are incredibly expensive custom couture gowns and the partygoers are some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Some celebrities don’t go too hard with the theme, but others like Rihanna and Zendaya consistently shine on the carpet in perfect ensembles.

The 2024 Met Gala theme is “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” which celebrities, of course, will use as inspiration for fairytale looks.

Continue clicking to see some of the best Met Gala looks of all-time.

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Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Kim Kardashian dripped in pearls — just like she did for her 2007 ‘Playboy’ photo shoot — while attending the 2023 Met Gala on May 1, 2023. She was there celebrating the opening of the Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty exhibition.

May 1, 2023, 9:08PM 2 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Sydney Sweeney honored the Karl Lagerfeld-inspired theme at the Met Gala on May 1, 2023. She showed up wearing a gorgeous coral Miu Miu dress, which was encrusted with bejeweled embellishments throughout. The gown had a long, stunning train that looked like absolute perfection as she posed for photos. Sydney’s hair was styled in loose waves for the event, with a black bow atop her head. The bow matched a black bow on the bottom half of her dress, as well.

May 1, 2023, 9:10PM 3 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Gisele Bundchen wore a Chanel bridal gown she previously wore for a photoshoot as she smiled her way down the Met Gala red carpet on May 1, 2023. This was one of her first public events since her split from Tom Brady. 

May 1, 2023, 9:09PM 4 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Beyoncé wears a puff-sleeved, latex dress featuring a floral design for the 2016 Met Gala. The Givenchy dress is dotted with pretty pearls. 

May 1, 2020, 5:35PM 5 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Beyonce Knowles covers herself in rainbow rhinestones in this elegant, sheer Givenchy dress for the 2015 Met Gala. The theme of the ball was “China: Through the Looking Glass.” 

May 1, 2020, 5:35PM

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Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Looking Gucci in Gucci. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend their first Met Gala as a married couple in avant-garde print ensembles, courtesy of Gucci, for the 2019 ball. The theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

May 1, 2020, 5:35PM 7 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Big Bird — but make it high fashion. For the whimwical theme of “Camp: Notes on Fashion” at the 2019 Met Gala, Camila Mendes wears a bright yellow ballgown with a feathered skirt (designed by Prabal Gurung). A pewter-colored ribbon and heels added a cool touch to the cheery dress.

May 1, 2020, 5:35PM 8 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Priyanka Chopra brings the imaginative fashion, pastel colors and fantasy themes found in Alice In Wonderland onto the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala! Her dress — which took 1500 hours to make — was designed by Dior. 

May 1, 2020, 5:35PM 9 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Lady Gaga kicks off her parade of outfits at the 2019 Met Gala, which asked guests to dress to the theme of “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” The umbrellas seemed like a wink at Mary Poppins — the queen of campy musicals!

May 1, 2020, 5:35PM 10 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Gisele Bundchen holds up the pretty skirt of her pleated custom Dior dress at the 2019 Met Gala. The model opted out of flashy makeup and accessories, keeping the attention on her simple yet elegant belted dress. 

May 1, 2020, 5:35PM 11 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Kim Kardashian looks like she shipwrecked on a luxurious island, instead of the steps of the 2019 Met Gala! The KUWTK star channels a beautiful mermaid in this latex dress affixed with dangling crystals, which Thierry Mugler designed to make Kim look like a California girl who just stepped out of the ocean.

May 1, 2020, 10:29AM 12 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Jennifer Lopez dazzles in head-to-toe silver at the 2019 Met Gala for the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme. The singer wears a sequined gown designed by Atelier Versace.

May 1, 2020, 10:28AM 13 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner have a powerful sibling moment in these orange and purple orange Versace gowns at the 2019 Met Gala. Look at all those feathers!

May 1, 2020, 10:28AM 14 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Emily Ratajkowski looks like she fluttered right out of a fairytale (or a Lord Of The Rings Movie) in this sheer Dundas silver dress and winged headpiece at the 2019 Met Gala. An A-plus ensemble that showcased Emily’s creativity and legendary abs!

May 1, 2020, 10:28AM 15 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Bella Hadid exudes the same glamour of a ’90s supermodel in this Moschino dress with jeweled sleeves at the 2019 Met Gala. A tulle skirt adds a surprising touch to the black gown. 

May 1, 2020, 10:28AM 16 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Naomi Campbell ties in a number of pretty materials — lavendar tulle, feathers and white lace — into one elegant ensemble for the 2019 Met Gala. The supermodel is wearing Valentino.

May 1, 2020, 10:29AM 17 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Constance Wu could’ve been mistaken for a partygoer at Jay Gatsby’s mansion in this flapper-inspired dress at the 2019 Met Gala. The actress is wearing Marchesa. 

 

May 1, 2020, 10:29AM 18 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Halsey is the superhero of the ball in this two-piece red satin ensemble designed by Prabal Gurung, paired with glimmering gold cuffs. The singer attends the 2019 Met Gala. 

May 1, 2020, 10:29AM 19 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Rihanna emulated the Pope for the theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the 2018 Met Gala. She wore a stunning Maison Margiela look to the event. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 20 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Zendaya gave off major Joan of Arc vibes for the theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the 2018 Met Gala. She showed up in an armor-inspired outfit by Atelier Versace. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 21 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Taylor Swift looked gorgeous at the 2014 Met Gala. She wore a pink Oscar de la Renta gown for the theme of “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 22 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Selena Gomez wore a blush Coach dress with a delicate floral pattern to the 2017 Met Gala. The look was meant to fit the theme of “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 23 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Kendall Jenner was practically naked at the 2017 Met Gala in a sheer dress by La Perla. The see-through gown also featured a massive cutout down the front, a thigh-high slit and an open back. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 24 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Kylie Jenner looked incredible at the 2016 Met Gala. For the theme of “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” the reality star opted for a silver Balmain gown. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 25 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Kim Kardashian looked like a sexy robot in a silver metallic Balmain gown at the 2016 Met Gala. The dress fit in well with the theme of “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 26 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Hailey Baldwin looked like real life Cinderella in this pretty powder blue gown by Tommy Hilfiger. The model dyed her hair pink and wore a flower crown to complete the ethereal ensemble. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 27 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Rihanna nailed the theme of “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between” at the 2017 Met Gala. The singer rocked a wild floral dress by Comme de Garcon for the event. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 28 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Gigi Hadid channeled stained glass for her “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” ensemble. The model stunned in a multicolored Versace gown for the 2018 event. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 29 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Rihanna solidified herself as the Met Gala queen when she arrived at the 2015 Met Gala in a giant yellow gown. The dress was designed by Chinese designer Guo Pei and perfectly fit the theme of “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 30 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Gigi Hadid killed it at the 2016 Met Gala in this sequin and chiffon Tommy Hilfiger gown. The grey ensemble was a great choice for the theme of “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 31 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Bella Hadid wowed at the 2017 Met Gala in a partially see-through catsuit by Alexander Wang. She paired the off-the-shoulder jumpsuit with silver bracelets and black heels. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 32 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Amanda Seyfried was basically a Greek goddess in a mustard Prada gown at the 2018 Met Gala. Her flowy ensemble was an excellent choice for “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 33 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Jennifer Lopez stunned in a ruffled red Gucci dress at the 2011 Met Gala. She wore the dress for the theme of “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 34 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Gisele Bündchen turned heads at the 2011 Met Gala in a strapless red Alexander McQueen gown. The look was perfect for the theme of “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 35 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Zendaya killed it at the 2017 Met Gala in this stunning parrot-covered Dolce & Gabbana gown. She wore the off-the-shoulder dress for the theme of “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 36 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Lupita Nyong’o gave off flapper vibes in this green and brown ensemble designedd by Prada for the 2014 theme of “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” She finished the look off with jewel-encrusted heels and a green and silver headband. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 37 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Zendaya was glowing on the red carpet at the 2015 Met Gala. For the theme of “China: Through the Looking Glass” she wore a black and red dress by Fausto Puglisi, featuring a uniquely constrcuted skirt that is a piece of art in itself! 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 38 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Claire Danes channeled Cinderella in this pale blue strapless dress by Zac Posen. The ball gown was a departure from the many metallics on the red carpet but still fit the theme of “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” thanks to the fact that it featured fiber optics, giving it the ability to light up.  

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 39 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Priyanka Chopra wore this sexy trench coat-inspired dress by Ralph Lauren to the Met Gala in 2017. She wore the beige slit dress with black boots and drop earrings. 

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 40 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Mary-Kate Olsen proved to be a style queen when she attended the 2007 Met Gala in a feathered LILY et Cie gown. The black dress was a great choice for the theme of “Poiret: King of Fashion.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 41 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Scarlett Johansson stunned in a yellow silk dress by Calvin Klein at the 2004 Met Gala. She wore the scoop neck dress for the theme of “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century.”

May 2, 2019, 12:33PM 42 of 42

Met Gala’s Best Gowns Ever: The Greatest Dresses Of All Time

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Sarah Jessica Parker stunned in a champagne Halston Heritage dress with matching accessories at the 2010 Met Gala. The theme that year was “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.”

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