If there is one night of the year when you can be sure that the fashion won’t disappoint, it’s the Met Gala, fashion’s version of the Oscars.
Text: Christina-Maria Kravvari
With this year’s most fashionable ball coming up on May 4, we take a look back at our favourite Met Gala looks through the years. The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 7 through August 16, 2015.
Supermodel Karolina Kurkova at the Met Costume Gala 2003: Godess went for classic ladylike elegance in a minimal black floor-length gown. A black clutch, silver drop earrings and a flash of red lipstick completed her flawless look.
Actress Renee Zellweger at the Met Gala 2004: Dangerous Liaisons, Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century channelled the old school Hollywood look with a Carolina Herrera gown. Her strapless gold dress created a stunning hourglass silhouette, while her chic clutch, jewellery and glossy hair compliment it perfectly.
Sex and the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker at the Met Gala 2006: “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion” went matchy-matchy with the UK designer Alexander McQueen with his creations for their red carpet look, wearing a strapless gown with layers of tulle and tartan.
Jennifer Lopez was another sartorial hit on the 2006 Met Ball red carpet. J-Lo showed off those killer curves in an asymmetric Versace gown in the palest of pale lilac hues and created a stunning female silhouette.
Cameron Diaz always looks fabulous in bright colours and her look at the 2007 Costume Institute Gala: “Poiret: King of Fashion” was no exception. The actress dazzled onlookers in this fuchsia pink Dior by John Galliano gown adding a welcome flash of colour to the evening’s event. Plus, Cameron’s bold, bright turquoise necklace and earrings are the perfect additions to this divinely vibrant ensemble.
The Olsen twins are known for their bold fashion choices, and Mary-Kate continued the trend with her total black, low-cut Lily et Cie by Rita Watnick, gothic feathered frock at 2007’s Met Ball.
Kate Moss accompanied Stella McCartney to the 2008 Met Gala Ball: “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”, and Kate looked stunning in a scoop-necked, nude dress by the designer, which was beautifully enhanced with a shiny silver waist belt.
Claudia Schiffer rarely puts a fashion foot wrong and she shone at the Met Gala in 2008, as usual, in a one-shouldered, baby blue coloured, ruffled gown by the maestro of sexy, feminine dressing – Valentino.
Eva Longoria knows how to work a dramatic train. At the 2008 Met Gala, the Desperate Housewives actress rocked a stunning eggplant strapless gown by Marchesa that was made up of yards and yards of swirling, pleated fabric.
David and Victoria Beckham certainly made a statement at their first Costume Institute Gala appearance as a couple. The theme of the 2008 Met Gala was: “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”, and Victoria Beckham did indeed seem to be channeling some kind of villainess alter-ego in this 80’s inspired, vintage Armani beaded dressing coat, while David was dapper in an Armani made-to-measure tux with velvet lapels.
Diane Kruger was another sartorial highlight at the 2009 Costume Institute Gala: ‘The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion’ wowing in a white floral applique dress by Chanel teamed with contrasting black accessories.
Ultra-stylish supermodel Claudia Schiffer looked stunning at the 2009 Met Gala in an intricate black cut-out gown by Versace. The three-dimensional frock was divine from every angle.
The Gossip Girl Blake Lively wowed the crowds at the Costume Institute Gala in 2010, “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity”, in the asymmetric petrol blue Marchesa miniscule dress, and wisely wore her hair high and back, to let her dress, and those never-ending legs, remain the focus.
At the 2010 Gala, the stylish star Cloe Sevigny was flawless in full-skirted frock custom-designed by Proenza Schouler. While the high neckline and long sleeves showed off her sophisticated style, the dress’ short hemline and open back also made her look more fun and playful.
At the 2011 ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ gala, Ashley Olsen stood out in a dreamy vintage Christina Dior Haute Couture gown with a thigh-high slit and puffy sleeves.
Νo one wears a red dress quite like Gisele Bundchen. The supermodel looked gorgeous in her voluminous gown by Alexander McQueen at the 2011 Met Gala. The slim bodice fit her like a glove, and the fluted bell skirt with raw edges felt both sexy and romantic.
Diane Kruger always manages to feel both fashion forward and elegantly classic when she hits the red carpet. For the 2011 Met Gala, the blonde bombshell stepped out in a chic Jason Wu gown with an embellished long-sleeved bodice and a hip-high slit that showed off her gorgeous legs. Diane finished off her retro glamour look with side-parted waves and a bold red lip.
The ultra-chic star looked magnificent in a custom-made bordeaux and navy ostrich feather mini dress by Prada at the 2012 ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’ gala.
In 2012, the stunning Oscar winner was perfection in a long black, feathered gown by Alexander McQueen.
Queen B looked radiant at the 2012 ball, stepping out in an unforgettable two-toned Givenchy Haute Couture gown designed by Riccardo Tisci.
Rooney Mara for the 2013 Met Ball: “Punk: Chaos to Couture” chose an all-white Givency gown, complete with edgy zips. She matched her top-to-toe ensemble with silk-finish sandals and then a deep red lip.
Jaws literally dropped when Blake Lively stepped onto the red carpet in this glittery golden Gucci gown with the plunging neckline. Perfection.
Sarah Jessica Parker really channeled Carrie Bradshaw in this black-and-white Oscar de la Renta gown with long, matching white gloves and we couldn’t be more thrilled.The best part had to be the back of her dress, which featured a checkered pattern and a highly visible Oscar de la Renta signature.This is what fashion should look like.
Beyonce rocked once again the red carpet in a sheer black Givenchy dress. The plunging neckline and cheeky see-through underlining showed off her famous curves. A birdcage headpiece, burgundy lipstick and dark chandelier earrings rounded out the singer’s vintage noir-inspired look.
The stylish duo proved our point when they showed up at the 2014 Met Gala dressed in their finest. David looked dapper in a Ralph Lauren suit comprised of a white jacket, black tie and pants. Meanwhile, the queen of minimalism posed for the cameras in a cropped top floor-length white dress from her signature Pre-Fall 2014 collection.
Emma Stone flashed her tight tummy in a two-toned pink Thakoon ensemble. Not only was it refreshing to see a top and skirt on the red carpet, but head-to-toe pink was also a nice change.