What wacky fashions will Met Gala guests wear this year?

Get ready for the wackiest night in fashion! As the Met Gala returns to the first Monday in May, FEMAIL reveals the wildest and most daring outfits worn by A-list guests in years gone by

  • The 2022 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, a fundraising event organized by Vogue since 1948, returns tonight
  • The theme of the museum exhibit, which serves as an informal theme for red carpet choices, is ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’
  • Guests have been asked ‘to embody the grandeur — and perhaps the dichotomy — of Gilded Age New York’
  • Over the years, attendees have worn some truly head-turning looks to the event — particularly since the early 2010s
  • The most outrageous and memorable looks have been worn by Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cardi B

The Met Gala just wouldn’t be the Met Gala without someone wearing an over-the-top headdress, someone else baring all in a nearly-nude gown, and another star storming the red carpet with a train so bulky and elaborate that they couldn’t possibly sit down while wearing it.

Because the Met Gala — regarded as fashion’s most in-demand invite, the ultimate who’s-who of Hollywood and Vogue-approved sartorial stars — isn’t about playing it safe, adopting trends, or looking merely ‘nice.’

The event, which has been running since 1948 but helmed by Anna Wintour since 1995, embraces style risk-takers who push the envelope, from Kim Kardashian in literal head-to-toe Balenciaga last year to Rihanna in just about everything.

When haute couture is the name of the game — and there is a theme to consider, like 2019’s camp or 2013’s punk — stars’ red carpet choices can be show-stopping, head-turning, and certainly controversial.

Here, FEMAIL takes a look at some of the most experimental Met Gala outfits over the years, from Cher’s naked Bob Mackies in the ’70s and ’80s to Sarah Jessica Parker’s mohawk headdress in 2013 to Jared Leto carrying his own head in 2019.

2021 – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion 


In the first Met Gala since the pandemic, Kim Kardashian took ‘masking’ in a different direction in this fully head-to-toe black Balenciaga look in 2021

She was certainly one of the most buzzed-about stars at the event, which was held in September last year 


For last year’s ‘In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion’ theme, supermodel Iman stunned in Dolce & Gabbana x Harris Reed

Kim Petras let her inner horse girl loose in this dress by the brand Collina Strada. She is pictured with the brand’s designer, Hillary Taymour, in 2021

If you walk the Met Gala red carpet with Rihanna, you must bring your A-game. RiRi wore Balenciaga last year, while her beau A$AP Rocky made a statement in a quilt-inspired ERL look

Grimes created this ‘Dune-esque’ look last year with a custom Iris van Herpen gown and mask borrowed from the Dune film


Erykah Badu wore Thom Browne at last year’s event, accessorizing a blanket-like dress with a top hat  and veil

Also masking in 2021 – but not in the Dr. Fauci-approved way – was Evan Mock in Thom Browne

In September, Frank Ocean wore Prada to the Met Gala – but it was the odd green alien baby he carried that earned all the attention

Dan Levy’s fun red carpet look last year, made in collaboration with Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson, was designed to celebrate ‘the resilience and the love and the joy’ of the LGBTQ+ community

Ciara played homage to her NFL star husband Russell Wilson last year in a sequined Dundas gown with his jersey number

2019 – Camp: Notes on Fashion

The Met Gala was especially over-the-top in 2019 in keeping with the ‘Camp’ theme – and few do camp quite like Katy Perry, who worked with Jeremy Scott for Moschino to create this chandelier dress and matching headpiece

Katy clearly couldn’t get enough of the theme, and changed into this hamburger costume – and matching shoes – at the party


Jared Leto’s 2019 Gucci look would have been interesting even without his bizarre accessory: A creepy realistic model of his own decapitated head

Another star to fully embrace 2019’s camp theme Pose star Billy Porter went in a custom catsuit with a 10-foot wingspan, which was detailed by hand with Preciosa crystals

Carried in by shirtless men, Billy also wore a 24-karat gold headpiece by The Blonds and custom-made gold-leaf shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti


Emily Ratajkowski wore Dundas in 2019, while Yara Shahidi wore a Prada bodysuit

Cardi B certainly carved out her own space in this enormous Thome Browne creation in 2019


Michael Urie was his own prom date in a custom Christian Siriano that was half fluffy pink dress, half pinstripe tuxedo. He did his makeup and hair to match

2018 – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination 

Rihanna has continued to outdo herself, and in 2018, for the ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination’ theme, she went full glam pope in John Galliano

Another Met Gala, another headpiece for Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore Dolce & Gabbana in 2018

Katy Perry said she felt ‘celestial’ and ‘ethereal’ in this Versace look – with wings – for the Celestial Bodies theme

Frances McDormand played up the drama in this hard-to-miss Valentino look

For her first Met Gala in 2018, Cardi B showed off her belly in a beaded Moschino gown with a huge train and a headpiece

Solange Knowles has always had a singular sense of fashion, which has made for some fascinating looks at the Met Gala. She wore a Iris van Herpen dress in 2018

In 2018, Grimes attended the event with her then-boyfriend Elon Musk wearing a dress they both designed together

Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey, and actor Jared Leto were perfectly on-theme for ‘Heavenly Bodies in 2018, with a Gucci-clad Leto looking like a chic incarnation of Jesus

Greta Gerwig wore a full-skirted The Row gown in 2018 for the ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination’ theme

2017 – Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garcons: Art of the In-Between 

Amazingly enough, the 55-pound Guo Pei dress worn by Rihanna in 2017 was one of her more understated Met Gala looks


Kendall Jenner offered her own take on the naked dress in 2017 in this body-baring dress by La Perla

Socialite Julie Macklowe went to the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons’-themed event in 2017 in – who else? – Comme des Garçons

Katy Perry has always gone above and beyond in order to make a statement on the red carpet at the Met Gala – and her Maison Margiela Artisanal design for 2017 was no exception 

Pharrell Williams’ wife Helen Lasichanh got experimental with shapes in 2017, donning an ensemble that completely concealed her arms, no doubt making it quite difficult to enjoy her dinner 

2016 –  Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Solange was difficult to miss in the bright yellow David LaPort ensemble she modeled for 2016’s Met Gala

Even Lady Gaga’s tamest looks are worthy of double-takes, like this Versace ensemble – and enormous platform boots – in 2016


Madonna wouldn’t know how to blend in if she tried, and she certainly left some jaws on the floor with a Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy look in 2016

For ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ in 2016, Katy Perry got mechanical with embellishments on her Prada gown

In 2016, Will.i.am was almost unrecognizable in his identity-obscuring hat


In 2016, Zoe Kravitz’ Valentino dress was fairly simple – but her  shoes and mask made the look one for the books

2015 – China: Through the Looking Glass 

When Rihanna attended the 2015 Met Gala – theme: ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ – her Guo Pei was one of the most experimental outfits the event had ever seen


Beyoncé could pull off anything, but it wasn’t a stretch to see why this Givenchy was one of the most buzzed-about looks of the night in 2015

Sarah Jessica Parker has also been one to dive into the year’s theme, which she did in an H&M dress and a Philip Treacy headpiece in 2015 

Lady Gaga wore a voluminous Alexander Wang for Balenciaga gown for the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ theme in 2015

2013 – Punk: Chaos to Couture


Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker’s Philip Treacy headgear has always been something to stop and stare at – although her over-the-top Giles Deacon dress for 2013’s even was just as striking as the mohawk-esque headpiece she wore with it


Never one to go understated, Madonna embraced 2013’s punk theme in a pantless plaid look with lots of studs

2012 – Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

Marc Jacobs proved that it isn’t just the ladies who can break sartorial barriers on the Met Gala red carpet when he went sheer in a negligee in 2012

2011 – Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty 


For ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,’ Naomi Campbell wore a stunning white gown by the late designer

Christina Ricci dared to bare in a Zac Posen gown, which featured an enormous train and a barely-there bodice 


Daphne Guinness donned a feathered Alexander McQueen number in 2011 – however two days after the Met Gala, she showed off another outfit option in the window at Barneys, a sheer glitzy bodysuit, which she wore with the same black-and-blonde hair she was seen sporting at the event itself 

2010 – American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity


Years before Zendaya’s light-up look, Katy Perry packed the LEDs in her Cute Circuit dress in 2010

2006 – AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion 

Sarah Jessica Parker came as Alexander McQueen’s quset to ‘Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2016, with both donning red tartan

2004 – Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century

For ‘Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century’ in 2004, Amber Valetta took a trip to the past with a corset-topped gown

2001 – Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years

To be fair to 3LW, the Met Gala was not quite the event it is today in 2001. But the girl group’s super-casual outfits were still definitely not quite up to the Jackie O-inspired dress code at the time

1974 – Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design 

The star who originated the ‘naked dress,’ Cher left little to the imagine in this number by – who else? – Bob Mackie in 1974

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