55 Unforgettable Met Gala Red Carpet Looks

Each year the Met Gala produces red carpet moments that have resonated with spectators for years, with celebrities like Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and others regularly taking the year’s theme head-on with their high-fashion looks.

The 2021 Met Gala is finally taking place tonight in a smaller setting after being postponed this spring due to the ongoing pandemic. This year’s theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” — which dives into the history of American fashion — and the event is co-chaired by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.

While this year’s theme may result in less flashy red carpet looks, Met Galas of years past have been known for creating viral looks that have become some celebrities’ most iconic fashion moments of their careers.

Take the 2019 Met Gala, where Lady Gaga used the year’s camp theme to put on her own performance on the red carpet, which was complete with four outfit changes courtesy of Brandon Maxwell.

The previous year, Rihanna continued her Met Gala winning streak for the year’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibit when she attended wearing a Pope-inspired custom Maison Margiela look complete with a matching hat. This was just one of many of Rihanna’s standout Met Gala looks, following her meme-inspiring Guo Pei yellow dress at the 2015 Met Gala and her avant-garde Comme des Garçons look at the 2017 Met Gala.

Here, WWD looks back at 55 of the most unforgettable Met Gala red carpet looks of all time. Click through the above gallery to see more.


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