17 Best Met Gala Dress Ever

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Which is the 17 best-met gala dress ever? Who wore the best?

Let’s find out!

Met Gala, famous as “Met Ball,” is the momentous night for fashion industries and celebrities gracing the red carpet in New York City’s prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It was introduced back in 1948 by the American fashion agent Eleanor Lambert for the prime purpose of raising funds for the Met’s Costume Institute. But, the whole story changed when Anna Wintour entered the scene in 1995.

Best Met Gala Looks
Best Met Gala Looks (Source: My School)

Due to the Vogue’s legend, Wintour the Gala is now a grand event full of glitz and glamour. Vogue’s chief editor transformed the Met into a pinnacle of fashion where art, fashion, and culture submerge into one another.

Each year on the first Monday of May, the Met hosts diverse themes where the elite celebs and fashion brands get to introduce their art and style. Besides, you get to taste their quirky sense of fashion trends.

With the comeback of this year’s Met on May 2nd, our eyes are hungry on finding some treasures in the “Gilded Glamour” theme.

But, let’s take a moment to reminisce on some of the best dressed times in the Gala, which transcended the fashion world. So, let’s immerse ourselves in the 17 best dresses ever that the Met Gala has perceived.

Quick Overview

Feel free to choose which dresses you think were the best fashion moments in Gala history!

S.N. Worn By Designer  Gala Year
1.  Rihanna Balenciaga  2021
2. Karolina Kurkova Viktor & Rolf 2005
3. Suki Waterhouse Burberry  2014
4. Jennifer Garner Valentino  2007
5. Charli XCX Jean Paul Gaultier  2019
6. Rihanna Stella McCartney  2014
7. Linda Evangelista Stefano Pilati  2006
8. Anne Hathaway Valentino  2010
9. Jennifer Lopez Zuhair Murad  2010
10. Bee Shaffer Nina Ricci  2008
11. Anna Wintour Prada  2012
12. Joy Bryant Alexander McQueen  2006
13. Liu Wen Charles James  2014
14. Taylor Swift Oscar de la Renta  2014
15. Kim Kardashian Roberto Cavalli  2015
16. Zendaya Dolce & Gabbana  2015
17. Kylie Jenner Balmain  2016

Best Met Gala Dress Ever

The given information and details has been compiled from trusted sites like Glamour and Harper Bazaar.

17. Kylie Jenner

It was Kylie’s first-ever Met Gala in 2016, and she flaunted the red carpet favoring the Manus X Machina’s high-tech theme.

Kylie Jenner 2016 Met Gala
Kylie Jenner 2016 Met Gala (Source: Teen Vogue)

The American socialite wore a side-cut out full-sleeved silver adorned gown by Balmain.

To add more aesthetics, she paired it with Lorraine Schwartz diamond studs and silver strappy heels.

Kylie’s overall sassy look was complemented by the straight black bob and her signature brown shimmery eyes, and a nude lip.

16. Zendaya

The pop singer and Hollywood icon, Zendaya wandered off from the Comme des Garçons’ avant-garde theme.

But she sure stunned the Met Ball in 2017 with her bold and immaculate fashion sense.

The arresting beauty graced the red carpet with Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda Fall 2015 couture parrot printed colorful silk gown.

Zendaya's 2017 Met Gala Look
Zendaya’s 2017 Met Gala Look (Source: Vogue)

The gown was full of vibrant -tango, red, blue, and white hues on it.

Whereas she went with minimalistic smokey eyes, frizzy light brown afro hair, and bright reddish-orangey lip.

Further, Zendaya put more glam on her ensemble with Forever Mark’s yellow diamond ring and drop earrings.

15. Kim Kardashian

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, Kim Kardashian, commenced her 2015 Met Ball with the  Peter Dundas’s first ensemble for Roberto Cavali.

Embracing the theme of “China: Through The Looking Glass,” she glided into the red carpet with a sheer icy crystal beaded full sleeve gown with a sexy open back and gorgeous white feathers.

Kim Kardashian Met Ball 2015
Kim Kardashian Met Ball 2015 (Source: stmarysandheri.org)

Kim looked ravishing and enticing in that freaking amazeballs of Dundas.

While talking about her updo, she went with a simple pony. Her final look was complemented by subtle brown eyeshades, a nude lip, and diamond drop earrings.

14. Taylor Swift

Your childhood’s favorite Lovestory singer, Taylor Swift, rocked the 2014 Met Ball with her retro glam.

She looked dreamy with Oscar de La Renta’s toned light pink organza gown full of pearl beads and leaves and petals adorned in gold sequins.

Taylor Swift 2014 Met Look
Taylor Swift 2014 Met Look (Source: Pinterest)

The gown uttered the strikingly impressive bow rolling down through its scalloped edges.

She also embraced the diamond rings and studs by Lorraine Schwartz.

Finally, she finished up her red carpet look with her signature crimson red lip, rosy cheeks, cat winged eyes, and smoothly curled side-parted hair with bangs.

13. Liu Wen

One of the best dressed moments at the Met Ball was in 2014 when the Chinese model Liu Wen graced in Zac Posen’s strapless seafoam green ball gown.

The wonderful dress was from the 2014 Fall Collection of the American designer Charles James.

Liu Wen Met Gala 2014 Look
Liu Wen Met Gala 2014 Look (Source: Le Journal des Femmes)

Wen looked more radiant and lovely in the gown with her classic bold red lip, winged eyes, and cute updo.

She styled her look with David Yurman’s beautiful diamond earrings, ring, bracelet, and an elegant black clutch.

12. Joy Bryant

Victoria’s Secret’s model Joy Bryant captivated the eyes at the 2006 Met Ball with the unusual ensemble of Alexander McQueen.

She graced the Red Carpet with the soft powdery blue off-shoulder gown with beautifully layered ruffles.

Joy Bryant 2006 Met Gala (Source: Pinterest)

Further, her dazzling look was complemented by the black curls, nude lip, diamond studs, a diamond ring, and a silvery clutch.

 11. Anna Wintour

Vogue’s chief editor and Gala’s chairwoman, Anna Wintour, graced the red carpet in 2012 with Prada‘s astonishing white gown with a golden lobster embellish.

Ana Wintour 2012 Met Ball Look
Anaa Wintour 2012 Met Ball Look (Source: Vogue)

The fashion icon honored the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” theme by embracing Prada’s remake of Elsa Schiaparelli’s unconventional lobster dress.

Further, her elegance sparked off with her signature pageboy bob, a white furry cape, Manolo Blahnik’s strappy white kitten heels, and a golden Georgian rhinestone necklace.

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10. Bee Shaffer

The beloved daughter of Anna Wintour, and a British film producer, Bee Shaffer looked like a Disney princess in her 2008 Met Ball.

Bee Shaffer 2008 Met Ball Look
Bee Shaffer 2008 Met Ball Look (Source: POPSUGAR)

Shaffer put on the fanciful sweet heart-shaped dark ashy lavender ensemble with silver embellished petals from the French fashion designer Nina Ricci.

Her enchanting look was adorned with light smokey eyes, a low pony, a nude lip, and a cute blue pendant.

9. Jennifer Lopez

One of the best dressed moments in Met Ball history was in 2010.

At that time, the pride of Latinas, J. Lo embarked on the red carpet with the ensemble of her favorite designer, Zuhair Murad.

J.Lo brought glitz, elegance, and life into the auspicious night with the shimmery sweetheart-shaped grey ball gown.

Jennifer Lopez Met Look 2010
Jennifer Lopez Met Look 2010 (Source: POPSUGAR)

The incredibly flawless gown had pretty golden and silvery sequins from top to bottom.

She wore a brown pixie, smokey eyes, shiny lip gloss, Lorraine Schwartz’s diamond rings, studs, and a golden clutch.

8. Anne Hathaway

Another best dressed moment at the 2010 Met Ball was with Anne Hathaway’s gleaming tulle gown.

The Devil Wears Prada actress graced Valentino’s 2010 Pre-Fall couture on the red carpet.

Anne Hathaway 2010 Met Gala (Source: Pinterest)

She looked so mesmerizing in the sparkly sweetheart nude gown. She paired the ensemble with her round diamond necklace, pearl earrings, and a diamond ring.

And oh, her unforgettable free-flowing sleek hair, thin black eyeliner, and a soft pink lip accented her overall look.

7. Linda Evangelista

The 90s Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista graced the red carpet with her vintage aesthetic.

She embraced the Stefano Pilati’s 2006 Spring-Summer couture at the 2006 Met Ball.

Linda Evangelista 2006 Met Gala (Source: Pinterest)

The rosy pink yule ball gown had beautiful soft multi-layered ruffles from top to bottom.

Further, the ethereal beauty matched her ensemble with a diamond ring, retro necklace, pink lips, golden shade heels, and chic short hair.

6. Rihanna

Barbados babe Rihanna blended with the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” theme in her 2014 Met Ball.

Her classic elegance shone through Stella McCartney’s chic white full sleeve top with a sexy open back and white full-length skirt with stunning drapes on its back.

The savage queen slew on the red carpet with a playful curl updo on a diamond headband, subtle lavender eyeshades, and matching shades of the lip.

Rihanna 2014 Met Ball
Rihanna 2014 Met Ball (Source: POPSUGAR)

She put on a white gold choker and diamond studs.

Dionea Orcini’s two topaz cage diamond rings and Cartier’s panther diamond ring sparkled on her right hand.

On her left hand, she wore Yeprem’s phoenix flamed white diamond ring and a scorpion ring of white gold and diamond.

Further, she graced the red carpet with Christian Louboutin’s white pointed pumps.

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5. Charli XCX

The British pop singer Charli XCX, giving you the beat of her “Boom Clap!” graced her 2019 Red Carpet full of exuberant energy.

She embraced her Met Ball with the 2019 Spring couture of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Charli XCX 2019 Met Ball Look
Charli XCX 2019 Met Ball Look (Source: POPSUGAR)

The thigh-high split neon-lit yellow ensemble with twisted ruffles gave her a striking look.

Further, she styled it with her sleek bang bobs with red highlights, vivid pink eyeshades, diamond drop earrings, a glossy lip, and yellow stud heels.

4. Jennifer Garner

The Daredevil actress Jennifer Garner ignited the Red Carpet in the 2007 Met Ball.

She looked sensual in Valentino’s passionate red sweetheart gown. The ensemble had a long cape with beautiful stitches gliding from her open back.

Jennifer Garner Met Gala look
Jennifer Garner Met Gala Look (Source: People)

Her final look was complemented by a sexy updo and mild red lips.

While talking about accessories, she styled her ensemble with golden earrings, a golden bracelet, diamond rings, a hot red clutch, and golden block heels.

3. Suki Waterhouse

The British model and actress Suki Waterhouse awestruck the 2014 Met Ball with her spellbinding Burberry tulle dress.

The soft powdery pink ensemble was strapless and had beautiful multiple flares on its tulle.

The sight was worth a divine angel who fell from heaven straight to the red carpet.

Suki Waterhouse 2014 Met Gala
Suki Waterhouse 2014 Met Gala (Source: GotCeleb)

Suki enchanted the moment with her angelic updo, subtle brown eyeshades, and a hot red lip.

On her ear, she put on diamond studs and multiple silver earrings.

Further, her walk was blessed by the black high-combat boots.

2. Karolina Kurkova

Victoria Secret’s former angel, Karolina Kurkova, gave an essence of her subtle beauty in the 2005 Met Ball.

She wore a whimsical Viktor & Rolf’s white velvety gown.

Karolina Kurkova 2005 Met Gala (Source: Pinterest)

The one-shoulder knotted ensemble treasured a sweet and lovely message with red adorned scribble “I love you.”

Her overall red carpet look was kindled with a low pony updo, diamond drop earrings, and a light pink lip gloss.

1. Rihanna

And the ultimate showstopper and Queen of the auspicious Met Ball is none other than our badass unconventional fashion icon, RiRi.

The busy Savage X Fenty entrepreneur arrived late with her partner A$AP Rocky at the 2021 Met Gala.

Without adhering to the American Independence theme, RiRi gave the taste of her own super dope signature black voluminous couture by Balenciaga.

The baggy overcoat gown had incredibly smooth ruffles on it.

Rihanna 2021 Met Ball
Rihanna 2021 Met Ball (Source: InStyle)

She styled her front curls with a black beanie and a transparent cloth headband adorned with diamond crystals.

As a jewel, she put on a diamond necklace, diamond earrings, and a rebel black ring.

She wore subtle white and lavender blended smokey eyeshades and Fenty Beauty’s deep burgundy lip.

She pedicured her nails with dark maroon shades. Further, RiRi graced the red carpet with her black strappy heels.

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