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Every year since 1948, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute hosts one of the most highly-anticipated events in the world of fashion, the fabulous Met Gala. The exclusive guest list gathers Hollywood’s brightest stars with fashion’s most legendary figures to celebrate the latest Costume Institute exhibit and raise museum funds, as they dress to nines in theme-appropriate looks or in rulebook-defying ensembles.

Always the sartorial spectacle, the Met Ball is where memorable style moments are made as A-listers step out in statement couture, often with opulent headpieces or mile-long trains. Who could forget Cher’s 1974 shockingly sheer Bob Mackie feathered dress, or Rihanna’s vibrant yellow Guo Pei creation that covered the Met stairs in 2015?

Serving alongside the Gala’s longtime honorary hosts Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, and Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, the 2022 Met Gala co-chairs include Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. With this year’s exhibit celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion, the dress code has subsequently been dubbed “gilded glamour.”

While this year’s soiree is sure to showcase a tour de force of fashion’s finest, we’re looking back on some of the most radical style moments to take the Met staircase. Ahead of fashion’s biggest night, GRAZIA USA highlights the Met Gala’s greatest hits.

1974: Cher in Bob Mackie

Cher and Bob Mackie (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Celebrating “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design,” at the 1974 Met Gala, Cher turned heads in a shockingly sheer, meticulously beaded gown, with luxurious feathered sleeves and train by Bob Mackie (who also accompanied the star). Cher would later wear to grace the cover of Time magazine.

1981: Bianca Jagger in Dior

Halston with Bianca Jagger, 1981. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)

Attending the 1981 fête alongside her close friend, designer Halston, Bianca Jagger sported a classic black strapless gown, embroidered with a floral motif along the bust. With the theme, “The Eighteenth-Century Woman,” Jagger’s timeless Dior gown would later go on to inspire model Kaia Gerber’s Oscar de la Renta gown in 2021.

1981: Iman in Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein and Iman, 1981. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Celebrating “The Eighteenth-Century Woman” in 1981, supermodel Iman and designer Calvin Klein attended together, with Iman sporting an off-the-shoulder metallic printed gown, punctuated with luxe gold accessories.

1985: Cher in Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie and Cher, 1985. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)

Attending the Met’s 1985 celebration, “Costumes of Royal India,” Cher walked alongside her right-hand man, designer Bob Mackie, who once again was responsible for her landmark, intricately embellished sheer confection for the evening.

1995: Kate Moss and Christy Turlington in Calvin Klein

Kate Moss, Calvin Klein and Christy Turlington, 1995 (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Calvin Klein attended the 1995 Met Gala celebrating the “Haute Couture” exhibition arm-in-arm with supermodels Christy Turlington and Kate Moss, the latter’s buttery yellow Calvin Klein slip dress is celebrated as one of the most recognizable Met Ball dresses of the ’90s.

1995: Naomi Campbell in Versace

Naomi Campbell, 1995 (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

In a beautifully sculpted strapless Versace dress, supermodel Naomi Campbell shined bright in silver  to celebrate 1995’s “Haute Couture” exhibit.

1996: Princess Diana in Dior

Princess Diana, 1996 (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Honoring the inimitable Christian Dior at the 1996 Gala, Princess Diana appropriately chose a dress by the French maison, adhering to the theme for the only Met Ball she’d ever attend. Sporting a slinky navy slip with black lace trim, the dress was a creation from designer John Galliano’s first Haute Couture collection for the House of Dior.

1997: Hugh Grant with Elizabeth Hurley in Versace

Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley, 1995. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Hand-in-hand with her then-partner actor Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley sported a sexy lilac-colored Versace gown with ultra high slit and ruched detailing to the 1997 Met Gala, honoring the late Italian designer Gianni Versace. The actress topped off her look with a glamorous fur-trimmed white overcoat.

1997: Carolyn Murphy in Versace

Carolyn Murphy, 1997. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Model Carolyn Murphy attended the 1997 Met Gala honoring designer Gianni Versace who tragically passed away earlier that year, appropriately draped in gold Versace chainmail.

1997: Salma Hayek in Atelier Versace

Salma Hayek at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala honoring the work of Gianni Versace. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

With a plunging side slit met with a sky-high thigh slit, Salma Hayek’s seductive black Atelier Versace gown was the perfect fit to celebrate Gianni Versace at the 1997 Met Gala.

1999: Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney

Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Attending in matching asymmetrical studded tees reading, “Rock Royalty,” actress Liv Tyler and designer Stella McCartney honored their rockstar fathers, Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler and The Beatles’ Paul McCartney (respectively) for the 1999 Met Gala “Rock Style” exhibit, in looks designed by McCartney herself.

1999: André Leon Talley in Gucci and Anna Wintour in John Galliano Couture

Editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley and Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour attend the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, 1999. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)

Legendary fashion editors André Leon Talley and Anna Wintour took to the Met Gala stars to celebrate 1999’s “Rock Style” exhibit. Talley arrived in an opulent black and gold embroidered leather Gucci court coat, designed by Tom Ford while Wintour sported a John Galliano couture creation.

1999: Gwyneth Paltrow in Gucci

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Online USA/Newsmakers)

Attending the 1999 Met Gala in Gucci designed by Tom Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow sported a cerulean snake skin column gown to see the “Rock Style” exhibit.

1999: Gisele Bündchen in Versace

Gisele Bundchen at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)

At the 1999 “Rock Style exhibit, supermodel Gisele Bündchen shined in a masterfully beaded V-neck Versace gown.

2000: Naomi Campbell in Dolce & Gabbana with Iman

Naomi Campbell and Iman arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Celebrating the “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years” exhibit, supermodel Naomi Campbell arrived in a Dolce & Gabbana ensemble, comprising of a sheer, black lace skirt and T-shirt that read, “Like A Virgin,” paying homage to pop icon Madonna. She walked the carpet alongside another modeling legend, Iman, who wore a ruched bodycon black dress with a white fur shawl.

2004: Amber Valetta in Maggie Norris Couture corset and John Galliano skirt

Amber Valetta, 2004. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Perfectly on theme, supermodel Amber Valetta celebrated the exhibit “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century” in a couture Maggie Norris corset and John Galliano skirt in 2004.

2005: Karolína Kurková in Viktor & Rolf

Karolina Kurkova, 2005. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Karolína Kurková‘s Viktor & Rolf “I Love You” asymmetrical ivory ballgown made a statement at the 2004 “The House of Chanel” exhibit

2006: Sienna Miller in Burberry

Sienna Miller, 2006. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Evoking the mod essence of her character Edie Sedgwick from the 2006 film Factory Girl, Sienna Miller celebrated the 2006 exhibition “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion” in a gold sequined mini dress by Burberry.

2006: Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Sarah Jessica Parker and Alexander McQueen. (Photo by Brian ZAK/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Dressed in matching tartan creations by the inimitable designer Alexander McQueen, he and Sarah Jessica Parker attended 2006’s “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion” arm-in-arm.

2007: Mary-Kate Olsen in Lily Et Cie by Rita Warnick

Mary-Kate Olsen, 2007. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Stepping out in a black feathered, leather-belted gown, Mary-Kate Olsen opted for Lily Et Cie by Rita Warnick for the “Poiret: King of Fashion” 2007 Met Gala.

2008: Gisele Bündchen in Versace

Gisele Bundchen, 2008. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Draped in a slinky mauve Versace embellished gown, supermodel Gisele Bündchen arrived to the 2008 Met Gala red carpet to celebrate the exhibit, “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy.”

2009: Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs, 2009. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Drenched in a backless metallic lamé creation, Kate Moss attended the 2009 Met Gala celebrating “The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” alongside designer and longtime friend Marc Jacobs.

2010: Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen

Doutzen Kroes, 2010. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

A picturesque Cinderella moment, model Doutzen Kroes evoked Old Hollywood glamor while gracing the red carpet in a lavish, tulle ballgown by Zac Posen to celebrate the “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” in 2010.

2011: Ashley Olsen in Dior

Ashley Olsen attends the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

To attend the 2011 “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Met Gala, Ashley Olsen was the picture of elegance in a structured black Dior gown, complete with a thigh-high side slit and ivory off-the-shoulder balloon sleeves.

2011: Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen

Daphne Guinness attends the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

In an exhibit to honor the late, great designer Alexander McQueen, his friend, multi-disciplinary artist and style icon Daphne Guinness attended the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit and corresponding red carpet in one of his statement-making feathered gowns.

2014: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen in Vintage Chanel and Gianfranco Ferré

Ashely Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, 2014. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attended the 2014 “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Met Gala in streamlined, vintage designer gowns. With Ashley opted for a gold button Chanel number, while Mary-Kate went for a collared, pinstripe Gianfranco Ferré gown.

2014: Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture

Beyonce Knowles, 2014. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

In a regal display, Beyoncé attended the 2014 Met Gala celebrating “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in a black, beaded haute couture gown designed by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.

2015: Kim Kardashian in Roberto Cavalli

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, 2015. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

Drawing inspiration from Cher’s 1974 Met Gala Bob Mackie dress, Kim Kardashian adorned a similar confection designed by Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli to celebrate the “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibit.

2015: FKA Twigs in Christopher Kane

FKA Twigs, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Gracing the 2015 red carpet for “China: Through the Looking Glass,” FKA Twigs donned an avant-garde Christopher Kane dress featuring designs of arms and legs from the designer’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection.

2015: Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture

Courtesy of Getty: (L-R) (Photo by Andrew H. Walker, Photo by Hubert Boesl)

Queen Bey ruled the red carpet in a super sheer Givenchy Haute Couture gown featuring meticulously placed candy-colored beading designed by then-creative director Riccardo Tisci for 2015’s exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

2015: Rihanna in Guo Pei

Rihanna, 2015. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

The belle of the ball, Rihanna graced the red carpet in a fantastical Guo Pei creation that took two years to make before performing for the attendees of “China: Through The Looking Glass” in 2015.

2015: Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren

Anne Hathaway, 2015. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Attending the 2015 Met Gala dressed in a metallic bronze custom Ralph Lauren hooded gown for the “China: Through The Looking Glass” exhibit, Anne Hathaway appeared as ethereal as ever.

2016: Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

Lupita Nyong’o, 2016. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Attending the 2016 Met Gala in an expectedly glamorous emerald sequined Calvin Klein gown, actress Lupita Nyong’o’s towering updo stole the show at the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Met Gala.

2016: Claire Danes in Zac Posen

Claire Danes, 2016. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Actress Claire Danes had a princess moment at the 2016 Met Gala wearing Zac Posen. Abiding by the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology,” Danes’ baby blue sculpted ball gown mechanically lit up.

2016: Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture

Beyonce Knowles, 2016. (Courtesy of Getty)

Beyoncé donned a second-skin Givenchy Haute Couture creation by then-creative director Riccardo Tisci for the 2016 “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology.” 

2016: Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Kidman, 2016. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman arrived to the 2016 Met Gala celebrating “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technologywearing an ethereal, caped moon emblazoned gown from Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection.

2017: Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

Rihanna, 2017. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Once again stealing the show, Rihanna attended the 2017 Met Gala perfectly on-theme in Comme des Garçons to celebrate the exhibition, “Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.”

2017: Zoë Kravitz in Oscar de la Renta

Zoe Kravitz, 2017. (BFA)

Zoë Kravitz was a vision in her Oscar de la Renta petal pink gown with black floral accents while attending the “Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” 2017 Met Ball.

2017: Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana

Zendaya, 2017. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)

Zendaya attended the “Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” 2017 Met Gala wearing an opulent Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda off-the-shoulder ballgown printed with parrots and florals.

2018: Blake Lively in Versace

Blake Lively, 2018. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

Making a grandiose style-statement in Versace, Blake Lively was a regal vision at the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” 2018 Met Gala.

2018: Rihanna in Maison Margiela

Rihanna, 2018. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

2018 saw a new bishop in town. Celebrating the ecclesiastical exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” Rihanna came dressed to impress in Maison Margiela designed by John Galliano.

2018: Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

Ariana Grande, 2018. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Huffington Post)

Making her Met Gala debut in 2018, Ariana Grande arrived in an opulent custom Vera Wang ballgown inspired by the Sistine Chapel for the exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

2018: Solange in Iris van Herpen

Solange, 2018. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)

In a glossy black sculptural dress by the technologically-advanced designer Iris van Herpen, Solange topped it off with a halo headpiece at the 2018 “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” Met Gala.

2019: Kim Kardashian in Thierry Mugler

Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala in NYC.
Kim Kardashian West, 2019. (Courtesy of Getty)

Displaying her dramatic hourglass figure with the help of a Mr. Pearl corset for 2019’s Camp: Notes on Fashion, Kim Kardashian appeared dripping in crystals in a Thierry Mugler creation inspired by actress Sophia Loren emerging from the water in the 1957 film Boy on a Dolphin.

2019: Billy Porter in The Blonds

Billy Porter, 2019. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Always one of the “go big or go home” ethos, Billy Porter arrived to the 2019 Met Gala being carried by a handful of footmen. Drawing inspiration from Liz Taylor’s gold-laden Cleopatra, Porter’s The Blonds outfit took flight on the carpet with its wing accents.

2019: Cardi B in Thom Browne

Cardi B, 2019. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

With an impressive train of heavy, quilted burgundy material, Cardi B was the ultimate showgirl at the 2019 Met Gala celebrating “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Trimmed with feathers and completed with a crystal embellished cap, the rapper’s Thom Browne anatomical creation was the epitome of camp.

2019: Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

Lady Gaga (Courtesy of Getty)

In a theatrical display, Lady Gaga stripped down on the carpet to showcase four different outfit changes, all designed from Brandon Maxwell. Gaga’s hot pink sartorial switch-up was the perfect fit for 2019’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

2021: Iman in Harris Reed

Iman in Harris Reed
Iman, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

The legendary supermodel Iman arrived at the 2021 Met Gala in a larger-then-life creation by designer Harris Reed. Dressed in a golden jacquard bustier and matching trousers, both the model’s crinoline cage and halo headpiece were covered with gold leaf dipped feathers for the 2021 exhibit “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” 

2021: Kendall Jenner in Givenchy

Kendall Jenner, 2021. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Kendall Jenner brought the idea of the naked dress to the next level in a Givenchy gown designed by creative director Matthew Williams. Attending the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibit in 2021, Jenner’s ensemble drew inspiration from Audrey Hepburn’s 1964 My Fair Lady gown designed by Cecil Beaton.

2021: Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga

Kim Kardashian, Met Gala After Party, Balenciaga
Kim Kardashian attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art (Getty)

Arriving to the 2021 Met Gala, Kim Kardashian celebrated the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition in a fully-cloaked Balenciaga creation, that spoke to how recognizable Kardashian really is.

2021: Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta

Billie Eilish  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum )

Channeling a modern day Marilyn Monroe to attend the 2021 Met Gala celebrating “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” singer Billie Eilish’s choice to wear Oscar de la Renta relied upon the brand’s decision to permanently oust genuine fur from its future collections.