70 Met Gala looks you can actually copy and wear yourself

by John Griffith

The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Actors, musicians, TV personalities and fashion designers rub shoulders on a red carpet, famous for its outrageous outfits. Many of them choose this event to go as big as possible with their clothing choices. The more creative your outfit, the more chance you get to be in the best dressed lists. What’s more, fashion designers, seem to use the event to show their most unwearable dresses. However, today, we have gathered 70 Met Gala looks, which you can copy and actually wear to a special occasion yourself.

What is the Met Gala?

Formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, it is a fundraising event, organised by the New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The event also marks the opening of the Institute’s annual fashion exhibition. Each year, the ball has a different theme, which is in sync with the theme of the exhibition. All of the invited guests are expected to stick to this theme and dress accordingly.

Blake Lively attending the 2014 Met Gala in a Gucci gown

blake lively, wearing a beige sequinned dress, met gala, on the red carpet, with long blonde hair

What is the Met Gala theme?

The theme is different every year. It corresponds with the theme of the Costume Institute’s exhibition. Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, is a chair of the event. Each year, however, there are co-chairs, which are chosen according to their influence. Here is a list of the themes and co-chairs for the past 10 years:

  • 2019 – “Camp: Notes on fashion”, co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Alessandro Michele
  • 2018 – “Heavenly bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination”, co-chaired by Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace
  • 2017 – “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the in-between”, co-chaired by Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams
  • 2016 – “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of technology”, co-chaired by Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Jonathan Ive
  • 2015 – “China: Through the looking glass”, co-chaired by Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer and Wendi Murdoch
  • 2014 – “Charles James: Beyond fashion”, co-chaired by Bradley Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oscar de la Renta, Aerin Lauder and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
  • 2013 – “Punk: Chaos to couture”, co-chaired by Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo and Riccardo Tisci
  • 2012 – “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations”, co-chaired by Carey Mulligan and Miuccia Prada
  • 2011 – “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, co-chaired by Colin Firth and Stella McCartney
  • 2010 – “American woman: Fashioning a national identity”, co-chaired by Oprah Winfrey and Patrick Robinson
  • 2009 – “The model as muse: Embodying fashion”, co-chaired by Kate Moss and Justin Timberlake

Camille Belle in 2012, wearing Ralph Lauren

long silver dress, worn by camille belle, met gala, brown hair, in a low updo, on the red carpet

Emily Blunt looks stunning in Calvin Klein at the 2012 Met Gala

emily blunt, wearing a pink dress, with bare back, met gala, short brown hair, red carpet

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, following the Manus x Machina theme

zayn malik, gigi hadid, wearing a silver dress, with silver sequins, met gala

Gigi Hadid in Diane Von Furstenberg

met gala, gigi hadid, wearing a long red dress, with long blonde wavy hair, red velvet heels

Olivia Munn wore H&M at the 2018 Gala

met gala 2017, olivia munn, wearing a gold sequinned dress, golden headpiece, gold metallic heels

Bonus: Super funny reactions to the 2019 Met Gala looks

Ciara also wore H&M in 2016

ciara wearing a nude and silver dress, short grey hair, met gala 2017, photographers in the background

Gwyneth Paltrow in 2011 wearing a Stella McCartney dress

gwyneth paltrow, wearing a long beige sparkling dress, met gala 2017, nude heels, long blonde hair

January Jones’ 2012 Atelier Versace gown

january jones, wearing a yellow strapless dress, met gala 2017, short blonde hair, crystal necklace

Jennifer Lopez, one of the most beautiful women in the world, attending the 2010 Met Gala in Zuhair Murad

met gala 2017, jennifer lopez, wearing a grey strapless dress, with sequins, brown hair, in a low updo

Another Atelier Versace gown, worn by Kendall Jenner in 2016

kendall jenner, wearing a long printed dress, in blue white and beige, met gala theme, silver sandals

The Kardashian/Jenner clan seem to be a fan of Atelier Versace – Kim Kardashian wearing the famous brand in 2018

kim kardashian, met gala theme, long gold dress, crystal crosses, long black ponytail

Model Lily Aldridge wearing Michael Kors at the 2016 Met Ball

long sequinned dress, worn by lily aldridge, met gala theme, black hair, in a low updo

Maria Sharapova wearing a dress by Colombian designer Juan Carlos Obando in 2016

gold earrings, maria sharapova, with a long red dress, with bare shoulders, met gala theme

Dakota Johnson in Chanel, attending the Ball in 2015

dakota johnson, wearing a short dress, with black and silver sequins, strapless dress, met gala theme

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry in 2011

long hot pink dress, rosie huntigton whiteley, what is the met gala, long blonde hair, nude sandals

Usually one for outrageous outfits, Rihanna opted for a simpler, yet statement making look by Dolce & Gabanna in 2009

what is the met gala, rihanna wearing a tuxedo, with black high heels, short black hair

Cameron Diaz’s Stella McCartney dress looked gorgeous in 2012, but it looks very trendy for 2019, as well

cameron diaz, on the red carpet, what is the met gala, gold sequinned dress, with long sleeves

Kim Kardashian in Balmain for the 2016 Met Gala

kim kardashian, long silver metallic dress, black hair, silver sandals, what is the met gala

Anne Hathaway in Valentino in 2010

gold sequinned dress, with tulle, anne hathaway, what is the met gala, long brown hair

Zendaya in 2016, wearing Michael Kors

met gala 2017 theme, zendaya with short black hair, long gold dress, with one sleeve

Naomi Campbell in 1990, looking as stunning as ever

naomi campbell, retro style, met gala 2017 theme, african print, short dress, black bag and sandals

Arizona Muse, attending the Ball in 2014, wearing Ralph & Russo

arizona muse, wearing a long red dress, strapless dress, met gala 2017 theme, crystal necklace

Amber Heard in Ralph Lauren in 2016

long wavy hair, met gala 2017 theme, amber hears, with a nude satin dress, gold metallic heels

Jason Wu designed Diane Krueger’s gown in 2011

met gala 2017 theme, diane krueger, wearing a long dress, beige top, black bottom, long blonde hair

Armani Prive’s dress, worn by Beyonce in 2008

beyonce smiling, wearing a light pink satin dress, 2017 met gala theme, brown hair, in a low updo

Gisele Bundchen’s short ensemble, designed by Alexander Wang for the 2011’s Costume Institute’s Gala

gisele bundchen, 2017 met gala theme, short black leather dress, black sandals, hair in a ponytail

Sarah Jessica Parker has always been a trend setter, wearing a black velvet dress in 1995

sarah jessica parker, retro fashion, black velvet dress, 2017 met gala theme, short blonde curly hair

Camille Belle in Jean Paul Gaultier in 2007

long blue and gold dress, camille belle, 2017 met gala theme, brown hair, in a low updo

Madonna looking radiant in her Stella McCartney gown in 2011

madonna on the red carpet, wearing a blue dress, with gold stars, 2017 met gala theme

Met Gala 2013: Cara Delevingne in Burberry

met gala best dressed, cara delevingne, black dress, with gold spikes, white clutch bag, blonde hair

Kate Bosworth in yet another Stella McCartney dress in 2009

kate bosworth, with a long black dress, lace on top, met gala best dressed, long blonde curly hair

Naomi Campbell x Versace in 1995

naomi campbell, with a long sparkling dress, made of crystals, met gala best dressed, long brown hair

David Bowie and Iman in Donna Karan in 2003

david bowie and iman, met gala best dressed, long white satin dress, retro fashion, brown hair, low updo

Emma Stone 

emma stone, pink crop top, hot pink long skirt, met gala best dressed, gold sandals, braided hair

Emmy Rossum

long yellow dresses, with pink and white flowers, emmy rossum, met gala dresses

Taylor Swift

long urly blonde hair, taylor swift, met gala dresses, long gold dress, gold clutch bag

Jennifer Lopez

hot pink dress, jennifer lopez, met gala dresses, pink clutch bag, photographers in the background

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

met gala dresses, justin timberlake, black suit, jessica biel, nude satin dress, on the red carpet

Karolina Kurkova

karolina kurkova, with a long gold sequinned dress, gold sequinned headpiece, met gala dresses

Kate Upton

kate upton, met gala 2017 date, sequinned dress, with one sleeve, long curly blonde hair

Lana Del Rey

metallic dress, black cape, lana del rey, met gala 2017 date, on the red carpet, long brown hair

Liv Tyler

short black hair, liv tyler, met gala 2017 date, long blue dress, on the red carpet, photographers in the background

Margot Robbie

margot robbie, met gala 2017 date, long white dress, gold bracelets, long blonde hair

Emma Roberts

shades of purple dress, emma roberts, met gala 2017 date, braided updo, black clutch bag

Emma Watson

met gala red carpet, emma watson, long white dress, short brown curly hair, black clutch bag

Kate Hudson

kate hudson, nude high heels, nude long dress, met gala red carpet, blonde hair, low updo

Kate Bosworth

nude dress, blonde curly hair, kate bosworth, met gala red carpet, nude clutch bag

Miley Cyrus

miley cyrus, long black satin dress, lots of necklaces, short blonde hair, met gala red carpet

Naomi Campbell

dark grey long dress, naomi campbell, met gala red carpet, black hair with bangs

Olivia Wilde

costume institute, long black dress, with metal rings, olivia wilde, with slicked back hair

Jennifer Lopez

long red dress, jennifer lopez, on the red carpet, costume institute, red clutch bag, brown hair, in a low updo

Alexa Chung

alexa chung, black trousers, black blazer, white shirt, costume institute, black suspenders

Renee Zellwegger

long nude dress, with bare back, renee zellwegger, costume institute, on the red carpet

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

rosie huntington whiteley, in a long white dress, costume institute, blonde hair, in a low updo, silver clutch bag

Sandra Bullock

sandra bullock, fashion museum nyc, hot pink dress, strapless dress, large bracelet, brown hair, in a ponytail

Sarah Jessica Parker

gold pleated dress, sarah jessica parker, long blonde hair, fashion museum nyc, on the red carpet

Scarlett Johannsson

yellow satin dress, scarlett johannsson, fashion museum nyc, blonde hair, in a low updo, yellow clutch bag

Selena Gomez

long light pink dress, gold sandals, fashion museum nyc, selena gomez, short brown hair

Blake Lively

blake lively, on the red carpet, fashion museum nyc, long blonde curly hair, long nude sequinned dress

Taylor Swift

met costume institute, taylor swift, light pink dress, long train, large bow on the back, on the red carpet

Victoria and David Beckham

victoria beckham, long white dress, david beckham, wearing a tuxedo, met costume institute

Emma Stone

photographers in the background, on the red carpet, met costume institute, emma stone, long white dress

Taylor Swift

taylor swift, long white dress, on the red carpet, met costume institute, short blonde curly hair

Amy Adams

amy adams, long red hair, long white dress, gold bow in the middle, met costume institute

Jennifer Lopez

white dress, jennifer lopez, on the red carpet, met gala fashion, long brown hair, white clutch bag

Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes and Jourdan Dunn

alessandra ambrosio, doutzen kroes, jourdan dunn, met gala fashion, silver dresses, white dress

Cindy Crawford

cindy crawford, long silver metallic dress, with long sleeves, met gala fashion, long brown hair

Gisele Bundchen

gisele bundchen, long silver metallic dress, silver sandals, met gala fashion, brown hair, in a ponytail

Anne Hathaway

met gala fashion, anne hathaway, red top, red long skirt, short brown hair, dark red heels, clutch bag

John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.