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Revisiting a few of the most iconic Met Gala gowns

Famous names from all over the globe show up to the Met Gala in extravagant, over the top outfits.

One of the most iconic red carpet events is right around the corner; the Met Gala set to take place again on May 6, 2024. The event has never failed to effortlessly make millions wonderstruck with the glamorous nature of the event and leave viewers astonished with all the unforgettable pop culture moments. 

The Met Gala is an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York City. This high society event began in 1948 with fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert opening it intending it to just be a fundraiser which has now transitioned into one of the most anticipated social events in modern day. The Met Gala is highly respected by celebrities, so much so that they would pay a hefty amount of $50,000 to attend—and that’s excluding the table! However, it isn’t as simple as just paying to attend. In order to be invited, one must be selected by Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue.

The met gala has a new unique theme for the dress code every year with this year’s being “Garden of Time”. As the time for 2024 Met Gala approaches, it is the perfect time to reminisce about some of the most iconic dresses from the previous galas. 


Princess Diana, 1996 Met Gala 

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On December 9, 1996, the Met Gala took place featuring the theme “Christian Dior”. Diana, Princess of Wales, made a grand entrance to the gala wearing a breathtaking midnight blue silk slip dress with black lacing on the top featuring matching jewelry and a navy bag. 


Taylor Swift, 2016 Met Gala 

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On May 2, 2016, the Met Gala took place featuring the theme “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”. Taylor Swift appeared in a stunning Louis Vuitton cut out dress with a glass shard-like design all over the outfit. Alongside that, she wore black lace up high heels and a blood red shade of lipstick that added the perfect touch to the look. 


Zendaya, 2019 Met Gala 

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On May 6, 2019, the Met Gala took place featuring the theme “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. Zendaya emerged in a head turning Tommy Hilfiger light up blue gown with puffed sleeves. The dress, inspired by Cinderella, featured her carrying a mini carriage as a bag and wearing a blue headband. 


Blake Lively, 2022 Met Gala 

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On May 2, 2022, the Met Gala took place featuring the theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. Blake Lively made headlines with her notorious colour changing Versace dress that drew inspiration from the architecture and various landmarks of New York City. The dress features a gigantic copper bow that changed to a blue colour along with gloves that complimented the look. 


Jennie Kim, 2023 Met Gala 

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On May 1, 2023, the Met Gala took place featuring the theme “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”. Jennie Kim made an appearance with an eye catching vintage Chanel white sleeveless minidress, featuring a black ribbon tied around the dress and a white flower in the centre. Along with this, she wears black tights, gloves, heels, choker and a white flower hairpin to add to the alluring look. 

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Sabiha Sufian is a contributor for the Kingsley Voice. She has been a part of the team since 2024.

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    Aleesha QureshiApr 30, 2024 at 10:18 am

    Wow I love all these outfits! Can’t wait for the met gala!! Yay!