most outrageous looks from the history of the met gala

Among the many annual cultural events to fall prey to the Coronavirus lockdown is the Met Gala. The annual event where celebrities are encouraged to dress as …outrageously as possible, was due to take place this week but, much to the dismay of meme makers, it has been indefinitely put on hold. But don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered. From 16 ft long dresses to detachable heads, here’s looking back at some of the most outlandish looks to have come out of the gala over the last few years. 

Jared Leto in Gucci 

Jared Leto walked the Met 2019 pink carpet recreating the shocking moment Gucci created on their Fall 2018 runway, carrying his own head as an accessory.  (Do you reckon there was a point in the night where he just left it lying on a table somewhere? We’d certainly like to think so).

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

 Priyanka Chopra attended the Met Gala for the first time in 2017 and making both waves and memes with the world’s largest trench coat. Special mention also of her 2019 look where she resembled a silver-fairy-something or other. 

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Cardi B in Thom Browne

Cardi B wore a dress said to be inspired by the ‘female form’ in 2019 under the theme Camp: Notes on Fashion. I guess when in doubt about what to wear on the red carpet, you can always…dress like the red carpet?

Lupita Nyong’o in Versace

The Oscar-winning actress’ colourful 2019 look certainly delivered on the excess which included 5 golden hair picks which supposedly drew inspiration from artist Lauren Kelley’s self-portrait ‘Pickin’. 

Frances McDormand in custom Valentino

The inimitable actress’ approach to the theme ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination’ in 2018 was as unapologetically outrageous as you’d hope and she clearly seemed to be in on the joke and having a blast. 

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Solange in Giles

Beyoncé’s younger sister has made a number of fashion statements on the Met carpet but the most outrageous one came in 2015 when she wore a 3D printed Giles minidress. The theme was ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ and the result can only be described as a rift in the space time continuum. 

Everything Katy Perry

Katy Perry has always been the queen of ‘extra’ looks at the Met. In 2017 she wore Maison Margiela, in 2018 she appeared as an angel (?) and in 2019 she came dressed as a chandelier. Word on the street is this year she was touted to go as a lamp. 

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

Lady Gaga had the longest entry (16 minutes) in the history of the Gala when she came dressed in 25 yards of fabric, shedding one outfit after another to reveal 4 different ones. I guess with so much pressure on what to wear, why limit yourself to just one look?

Rihanna in Guo Pei

The look Rihanna donned for the 2015 Gala became one of the most iconic moments in the history of fashion in what’s come to be known as the omelette dress. As you’d expect, the 16-foot train was the gift that kept on giving, inspiring an onslaught of hilarious memes. 

Billy Porter in The Blonds

Actor Billy Porter stayed true to the spirit of the Gala in 2019 taking the word outrageous to new heights with a look that can only be described as a golden-eagle-angel-butterfly…thing. The look was supposedly a homage to Cleopatra wearing a gold catsuit with 10 feet wings.  

Marc Jacobs in Comme des Garcons

What better way to show excess than …wearing less? Marc Jacobs’ 2012 look consisted of him wearing a transparent lace dress with boxers underneath in an attempt to make fashion gender fluid.  

Madonna in Givenchy

Madonna has had many iconic looks in the history of the Gala but this one from 2016 certainly made the loudest statement. It was a statement against ageism and the idea that women are no longer attractive after a certain age. 

Ezra Miller in Burberry

All eyes were on Ezra Miller in 2019 with a look comprising of a mask and more eyeballs than you care to count.

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