50 Most Jaw-Dropping Met Gala Dresses of All Time

Kayla Boyd | May 8, 2018 Beauty & Style
50 Most Jaw-Dropping Met Gala Dresses of All Time
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Sometimes referred to as "fashion" prom, the Met Gala (aka Met Ball) is one of the biggest nights of the year for designers and A-list celebrities. It's an annual fund-raising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City, and it's put together by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who's turned it into an exclusive and fashion-centric event. It's such a huge undertaking that the organization and planning of it was even documented in a film called The First Monday in May

Almost every major star has attended at some point in time -- including well-known musicians like Rihanna and Beyonce, models like Chrissy Teigen and Kendall Jenner, and actresses like Katie Holmes and Blake Lively. And this isn't a red carpet event where stars can get away with a simple gown. In fact, they're encouraged to wear something creative that fits that year's theme. 

Previous themes have centered around technology, punk, superheroes, art movements, history, fashion designers, and more. Since the 1970s, all eyes have been on the extravagant dresses worn at the event -- every year we seem to see more daring fashion choices. Here are some of the most memorable Met Gala dresses we couldn't take our eyes off of. We seriously had to do a double take for most of these!

Rihanna's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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  • Rihanna's 2018 Met Gala Dress 

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    Rihanna's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Almost every fashion-lover looks forward to seeing what Rihanna will wear at the Met Gala and boy, does she deliver! Riri showed up to the Catholic-themed Met in a dress inspired by the Pope! Because of course she did. 

  • Blake Lively's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Blake Lively's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Goddess Blake Lively stopped the show when she arrived in a dramatically stunning Versace gown and gold crown. The voluminous train was so huge that she had to arrive in a party bus! 

  • Katy Perry's 2018 Met Gala Dress 

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    Katy Perry's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Katy Perry is never one to take a theme lightly! How could anyone top giant angel wings!? 

  • Zendaya's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Zendaya's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Zendaya continuously slays the Met Gala year after year. This custom Versace look is channeling Joan of Arc -- incredible! 

  • Jennifer Lopez's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Jennifer Lopez's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Jennifer Lopez looked absolutely stunning in this Balmain design. She took the year's theme -- "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" -- and really went for it with the giant embellished cross front and center on the gown. And that feather train is insane! 

  • Ariana Grande's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Ariana Grande's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Ariana Grande was an absolute vision in Vera Wang! She basically wore the Sistine Chapel covered in tulle! We are obsessed. 

  • Cardi B's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Cardi B's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Cardi B glowed with her baby bump, drenched in Moschino by Jeremy Scott. Very dramatic and elegant at the same time. And her hair looks gorgeous! 

  • Gigi Hadid's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Gigi Hadid's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Model Gigi Hadid looked magical in this Versace gown. The look resembled a mosaic stained-glass window, and everything from her hair to her makeup to her train was truly angelic. 

  • Sarah Jessica Parker's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Sarah Jessica Parker's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Sarah Jessica Paker always goes over-the-top with the theme, and we live for it. She has an actual nativity scene on her head!

  • Priyanka Chopra's 2018 Met Gala Dress

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    Priyanka Chopra's 2018 Met Gala Dress
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    Priyanka Chopra wore this beautiful Ralph Lauren  gown with the most amazing embellished hood. According to Harper's Bazaar, the hood took over 250 hours to hand bead! 

  • Rihanna's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Rihanna's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Rihanna stunned in this unique Comme des Garcons dress! Only she could make something this dramatic look totally flawless. 

  • Blake Lively's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Blake Lively's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Blake Lively looked gorgeous in this gold gown. The blue feathered train is an attention-grabber for sure! 

  • Chrissy Teigen's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Chrissy Teigen's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Chrissy Teigen wore a sheer white Marchesa dress that was covered in white flowers in 2017. She looked radiant, as always. 

  • Kendall Jenner's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Kendall Jenner's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Kendall Jenner was not afraid to show some skin! This revealing gown was actually a glittering La Perla slip. 

  • Zendaya's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Zendaya's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Zendaya was an absolute queen in this vibrant Dolce & Gabbana gown. And her voluminous hair is giving us life! 

  • Reese Witherspoon's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Reese Witherspoon's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    We love the royal blue structured top of Reese Witherspoon's asymmetrical dress. She looks so chic! 

  • Dakota Johnson's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Dakota Johnson's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Dakota Johnson's black edgy dress looks like it could have been inspired by Fifty Shades! The gothic-style gown was designed by Gucci. 

  • Kylie Jenner's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Kylie Jenner's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Escorted by designer Donatella Versace herself, Kylie Jenner worked it in this custom gown. The gorgeous sheer nude dress covered in gems showed off her hourglass shape.

  • Katie Holmes's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Katie Holmes's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Katie Holmes looks beyond fabulous in this navy blue Zac Posen gown. The ruffled details are really incredible! 

  • Ashley Graham's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Ashley Graham's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Fashion model Ashley Graham always looks great and she definitely made sure to shine at the 2017 Met Gala, to which she wore this custom bold red gown by H&M.

  • Priyanka Chopra's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Priyanka Chopra's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Priyanka Chopra may have attended the 2017 Met Gala with Nick Jonas, but we're pretty sure all eyes were on her. This trench coat dress had an insanely long train, a very streetwear aesthetic, and quite a bit of sex appeal (just saying). 

  • Julianne Moore's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Julianne Moore's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Actress Julianne Moore wore this feathered Calvin Klein dress in 2017. The shades of pink look so great on her, and we love how fun this textured look is. 

  • Madonna's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Madonna's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Leave it to Madonna to be a true rock star on the red carpet. She wore this off-the-wall camouflage dress designed by Jeremy Scott. 

  • Cassie's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Cassie's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Cassie is seriously beautiful, and this dress only makes us want to stare even more! The multidimensional black gown is by On Aura Tout Vu. 

  • Serena Williams's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Serena Williams's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    A pregnant Serena William wore this elegant green gown at the 2017 Met Gala. That color really pops gorgeously on her! 

  • Nicki Minaj's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Nicki Minaj's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Nicki Minaj has always been one to push the boundaries of fashion, so we're sure she feels right at home at the Met Gala. In 2017, she wore this amazing black and red H&M gown. 

  • Lupita Nyong'o's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Lupita Nyong'o's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Actress and fashion icon Lupita Nyong'o always pulls off the greatest colors! She is absolutely glowing in this bright orange Prada gown.

  • Halle Berry's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Halle Berry's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Halle Berry's 2017 Met Gala look was actually a sheer jumpsuit. It had an amazing tiered train that was decked out in gold appliqués. 

  • Hailey Baldwin's 2017 Met Gala Dress

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    Hailey Baldwin's 2017 Met Gala Dress
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    Hailey Baldwin looked like an avant-garde ballerina at the 2017 Met. Her tulle layered skirt ensemble was designed by Carolina Herrera.