If you haven’t heard of the Met Gala, you’ll definitely want to. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Gala is arguably the most recognizable cultural event in the world of fashion. The granddaddy of them all, the Met Gala, celebrates its 95th anniversary this year. This year’s edition, themed “Camp: Notes on Fashion’s Growth,” was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6th and 7th. We’ve put together a list of the best-dressed stars at the Met Gala this year.
Lady Gaga’s performance artistry knows no limits. The designer released a music video for her song “Joanne” just one week before the Met Gala. Even then, she sported a daring look: a white dress with neon yellow flowers printed on it and a yellow cape. She blended feminine beauty with powerful artistry in a grand entrance that won over spectators and critics alike.
Chloe Sevigny showed off her dazzling smile as she made her way down the red carpet. The actress wore an enchanting, yet understated, look. As she stepped off the bus, she was surrounded by paparazzi and gushed to the crowd, “I love y’all!” She completed the stunning look with a pair of striking gold-rimmed glasses. Her simple yet elegant gown was breathtaking.
The iconic British designer teamed up with Roman Mars for the 95th anniversary edition of the Met Gala. The designer was named a creative consultant for the museum in 2015 and was given free rein to pick out an outfit for the occasion. In addition to the creative freedom, she was presented with a $500,000 grant to support her vision. The designer chose to honor the anniversary of the museum by paying homage to it on the red carpet. The result was a stunning look that drew gasps from the crowd.
One of the most photographed women in the world, Karlie Kloss wowed the crowd at the Met Gala. The 23-year-old fashion superstar sported an artistic dress made up of over 100 individual floral appliqués. Inspired by artist Frida Kahlo, she named her look after the Mexican painter. Even though she has been extremely busy filming and traveling, Karlie made sure to keep in touch with her fans through multiple Instagram posts leading up to and after the event.
Marisa Miller, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, wore a custom-made wedding dress made by the infamous designer Christian Dior. The designer also created a matching coat and a tiara for Miller. The elegant, yet classic, ensemble drew comparisons to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her iconic blue-and-white dress at the White House ceremony. Miller has been spotted wearing the dress on numerous occasions, most recently at the CFDA Awards in March 2015.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Although she was not officially invited to this year’s costume gala, it would not be remiss of us to include Jackie Kennedy Onassis in this list. The former First Lady’s outfit was designed by the French luxury house Hermès. Made up of an over-sized pale blue jacket adorned with golden epaulets, a cream-colored silk dress with red, white and blue stripes and heels, the designer’s masterpiece is among the most recognizable fashion ensembles of all time.
Award-winning actress Helen Mirren made a spectacular entrance at the Met Gala. The costume designer tapped into her native Scotland for the entirety of her outfit. Dressed in an intricately embroidered kilt, the thespian looked incredibly dashing. As she posed for pictures with guests, she was quick to point out, “I can only wear this once. The skirt is very, very long.”
Isabeli Lindelauf, the founder of the eponymous fashion house, made a striking entrance at the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The designer’s collection, dubbed “The Midnight Designer,” has been featured in several major publications and seen massive success, selling out at many of the designer’s stores worldwide.
Isabeli selected a look that hues with the colors of the French flag. Dazzling in a burgundy dress with a white lace collar and cuffs, the 43-year-old designer drew comparisons to Marie Antoinette. The look was a nod to her heritage and the luxurious lifestyle that Cannes is synonymous with.
It’s rare to see Kate Moss at a loss for words, but that’s exactly what happened when she was asked about her Met Gala outfit. The 44-year-old fashion icon simply commented, “Why are you asking?” After the event, the “England’s girl next door” was quick to point out that a lot of thought went into her look and that she had never been more comfortable in her own skin. Kate Moss looked incredible in a white dress designed by the French house Chanel. The model made her grand fashion entrance just as the house’s signature white horse was being unveiled in front of an audience that included some very famous faces.
Maurice Sendak, the renowned children’s book author and artist, designed and crafted the iconic Mickey Mouse watch worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. The 75th anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s first appearance in an animated feature film saw the creator honored with the Disney Legends award. Among other things, Sendak designed a limited-edition watch for the duchess, which also featured the artist’s famous drawings. The designer was overwhelmed with emotion as he accepted the award on behalf of Disney, stating, “Words cannot express how honored I am to receive this award on behalf of my friend Walt Disney. I promise to always cherish my time with Walt and to carry his spirit with me as long as I live.”
Grace Kelly, the daughter of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, drew gasps from the crowd at the Met Gala. The 29-year-old former First Daughter made a jaw-dropping entrance in a wedding dress designed by the French house Chanel. The dress was a nod to her famous great-grandmother, the Duchess of Windsor, who was the last monarch of the British Empire. With her groom and her father, former President Roosevelt, in attendance, Grace Kelly made a stunning appearance. The designer was selected as the Creative Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2015.
Kelly’s dress was an ode to the “Royal Family” member, who was widely celebrated for her elegance and fashion sense. The former First Daughter completed the look with a matching handbag and matching shoes.
Emily Dickinson, America’s foremost lady of letters, was a big fan of fashion. The poetess designed her own dresses and wore them with confidence. At the age of 76, she sported a maroon dress with white polka dots as she exited her home to go to church. The designer credited her fashion sense to her mother, who was a dressmaker: “I have learned to love bright colors, and especially the beautiful maroon as it is the color of my beloved England.”
If we’re not mistaken, Anna Wintour made a guest appearance at the Met Gala for the first time since the House of Ivy League was founded in 2006. The renowned Vogue Editor and Condé Nast CEO was spotted entering the Costume Institute with a small entourage. It was likely a surprise to see Wintour out and about after such a long hiatus.
The powerful and influential figures from the world of fashion and design had an opportunity to celebrate the culture of American arts and letters with legendary designer Christian Dior. The French house has been responsible for some of the most iconic fashion items in history, and was named a creative collaborator with the Met in 2015.
While most celebrities stuck to ready-to-wear, there were a number of designer collaborations thrown down on the red carpet. One of the most interesting was Ralph Lauren’s tie-up with the British designer Burberry. The resulting look, dubbed “Buccaneers in Paradise,” hues with the colors of both the United States and the United Kingdom and features a sunburst motif in a graphic print.