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Met Gala: the most iconic outfits of all time

While the 2019 edition of Met Gala will thrill New York on May 6, focus on the most iconic outfits, forever etched in the history of the event.
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Every first Monday in May, the most influential personalities of pop culture are invited to climb the red carpet steps of the annual Costume Institute Gala of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Nicknamed Met Gala or Met Ball, the event celebrates a special theme every year, ushering in the museum's new fashion show. The opportunity for designers and their muses to collaborate to create an unforgettable look on the theme of the event. So many guests enjoy this exceptional dress code as a unique opportunity to create a historic look. From the endless dresses to the most scandalous outfits, zoom in on the 20 looks that have forever marked the history of the Met Gala.

In 1979, former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis appeared on the front page of the Met Gala on "Fashions of the Habsburg Era: Austria-Hungary." For the occasion, she wore a black dress with many draped details. Later, she was also honored at future Met Galas for her presence as an icon of fashion in American culture.

 

 

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In 1981, the Met Gala theme was "Eighteenth-Century Women." Known for her bold looks, Diana Ross appeared that year in a feathered-off dress fully feathered. An ultra glamorous look that echoed her star status.

 

 

 

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For the theme "Costumes of Royal India" of the year 1985, the iconic duo of entertainment, Bob Mackie and Cher has, once again, proved that he was bound by a friendship and a love of glitter that the stars have been sharing since the end of the 60's. Together, they have teamed up to create a second-skin body upgraded with gold details. One of the most iconic looks of the singer.

 

 

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After the tragic murder of Gianni Versace in 1997, the Met Gala honored the designer, claiming the event "Gianni Versace." The American top Carolyn Murphy was wearing for the occasion one of her golden dresses emblematic of the style of Versace .

 

 

 

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Princess Diana attended her first and only Met Gala in 1997, just months before her tragic death in August of the same year. Unveiling one of her most memorable looks, the princess of Wales was wearing a night-blue underpants by John Galliano for the Dior house, with a sapphire necklace and her eponymous Lady Dior bag. At the time, this outfit was controversial, members of the royal women are not allowed to wear such extravagant looks.

 

 

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Before Jennifer Lopez made the buzz with this dress, resulting in the creation of Google Images, Donatella Versace herself had unveiled it on the red carpet of Met Gala in 1999, which theme was "Rock Style." This ultra-plunging, tropical-printed cut-out style immediately entered the fashion story that night.

 

 

 

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They have rock in their blood. Celebrating the theme of 1999, Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney exchanged traditional evening dresses for asymmetric t-shirts that read "Rock royalty."

 

 

 

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The theme of the 2001 Met Gala paid tribute to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis , entitled "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years." That year, her daughter Caroline Kennedy was guest of honor, wearing a Carolina Herrera satin white dress, reminiscent of her mother's graceful style.

 

 

 

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At Met Gala's "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century" in 2004, clothing expectations were high as to the most outrageous costume. The latter was awarded to Amber Valetta , who wore a Maggie Norris corset and a John Galliano skirt. Leaving nothing to chance, the top added the final touch of her look with a Marie Antoinette wig.

 

 

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In 2006, British designer Alexander McQueen and actress Sarah Jessica Parker walked up the Met Gala steps on the theme "Anglomania: Tradition and transgression in British Fashion" hand in hand. The two longtime friends coordinated their looks in a bold tartan print, the signature style of the deceased designer. They could not be more in the theme.

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The legendary fashion duo Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs made their mark in 2009 as he was heading to the Met Gala with the theme "Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion." Honoring their iconic pair of 90s, the designer had designed for the top a golden bling mini dress, upgraded with a cape covering a single shoulder and a matching turban.
 

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In 2012, Poland's Anja Rubik landed at the Met Gala "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" in a white dress signed Anthony Vaccarello . She took the opportunity to unveil a dress split to the extreme.

 

 

 

 

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In 2013, Kim Kardashian was making social media buzz as she participated in the event for the first time, with the theme "Punk: Chaos to Couture." Very pregnant with her first North daughter, she had opted for a custom Givenchy dress signed by her friend Riccardo Tisci . A creation that has earned him numerous comparisons with the tapestry style of fictional character Madame Doubtfire.

 

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A veritable queen of punk, Vivienne Westwood made this tailor-made dress for the top Lily Cole in 2013, adorned with a wild rubber corset from the Amazon. " I feel very proud to join the woman who redefined punk as couture in a dress made from trees, " said the model on the sidelines of the event.

 

 

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One of the best looks ever unveiled on the Met Gala's red carpet? That of Rihanna in 2015, for the theme "China: Through the Looking Glass." The singer wore an ultra-tailored yellow cape signed by Chinese designer Guo Pei , requiring over two years of work. To help him carry his ultra long train, the pop star had even had to call on a group of assistants. Thanks to this advertisement, the following year, the designer became the first Chinese designer invited to the Haute Couture Chamber of Commerce.


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For the Met Gala of the year 2016, entitled "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", Beyoncé landed on the red carpet as she had just unveiled her mythical album "Lemonade." On this occasion, Queen B abandoned the ball gown and opted for a Givenchy latex model. It is also rumored that each of the embroidered pearls would cost not less than 8000 dollars.

 

 

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The same year, Claire Danes made a spectacular entrance alongside designer Zac Posen , behind her voluminous blue sky princess dress. Sewn by hand, this creation was made with organza and fiber optics, allowing it to shine in the dark like Cinderella. For the little anecdote, the dress of the actress was so impressive that she had to rent a bus to transport it to the event.

 

 

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In 2017, Kendall Jenner caused a sensation on the red carpet of the event that had the theme "Rei Kawakubo / Like Boys: Art Of The In-Between." The reason ? She wore a custom-made La Perla dress embroidered with over 85,000 crystals threaded together on a single thread. All for an ultra sexy result.

 

 

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The same year, Cara Delevingne opted, for her, for a couture suit signed Chanel . But the most amazing detail was undoubtedly her hairstyle, since the model and actress had just shaved her head for a movie role. In order to enhance it, she had painted her silver-colored skull, giving birth to one of the most iconic beauty looks.

 

 

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Designated host of the event in 2018, which had the theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination", Rihanna had once again created the buzz, competing with the Pâpe himself. She had opted for a Margiela mini-dress by John Galliano , upgraded with a cape and hat embroidered with pearls.

 

 

 

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