There is quite possibly no bigger (or more extravagant) fashion event than the Met Gala. Each year, the best and brightest of the industry come together to celebrate the museum's new exhibit (it's even referred to as the Oscars of the East Coast), and celebrities, models, and designers bring their sartorial A games to the corresponding red carpet.
This year's official theme is "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty," a tribute to the prolific designer who passed away in 2019 and harnessed many muses for Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Chloé, and Patou. The exhibit itself will feature 150 different looks, alongside original sketches from Lagerfeld's archives. Cochairs include Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, Roger Federer, and Anna Wintour, and we expect to see plenty of reinterpretations of Lagerfeld's own wardrobe, as well as homages to Chanel's signature DNA with lots of tweed, pastels, and quality tailoring in abundance.
While we wait to see what some of our favorite stars will choose for this year's gala on Monday, May 1, we'll be experiencing the excitement vicariously through the most memorable Met Gala looks through the years, from the controversy-stirring (we're looking at you, Kim Kardashian) to the headline-making for the pure extravagance alone.
From Kate Moss's metallic Marc Jacobs dress to Sarah Jessica Parker's tartan Alexander McQueen getup and Beyoncé's feathered Givenchy gown, scroll through to see the best Met Gala looks from parties past, then reminisce about the late-night afterparty outfits from 2022.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak and Britt Stephens