Oh, the beauty of the Met Gala. It’s one of two times a year when celebrities get a pass for dressing up in high fashion drama, exaggerated with revolving themes that range from impossible conversations to superheroes.
It really is a beautiful time of year that helps kick off the grand opening of The Met’s fashion exhibit for the spring/summer season.
Second only to the celeb sightings at the Oscars, the Met Gala is the time to shine in real, custom high-fashion, and the time for designers to proudly display their works of art on the industry’s biggest names.
We’re not exactly sure how fun the actual gala is once inside, but the red carpet is enough to keep people talking for years, and we don’t mean that in a metaphorical way.
Take a fashionable stroll with us as we revisit some of the most memorable moments from the last 7 years of Met Gala red carpets.
Theme: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century
Moment: Liaisons really got dangerous when a fistfight between paps broke out on the red carpet. The paparazzi got a little too aggressive, sending Lucy Liu ducking for cover.
Theme: The House of Chanel
Moment: Lil Kim showed up on the arm of none other than Marc Jacobs – all in red. He’s been down with hip-hop before it was cool to be down with hip-hop (and before he was a total ripped stud).
Theme: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion
Moment: The late Alexander McQueen and actress Sarah Jessica Parker played high-fashion twinsies as they stepped on the red carpet as the tartan twins.
Theme: Poiret: King of Fashion
Moment: Lindsay Lohan became the queen of side boob before side boob was a mainstream thing. We miss her healthy boobs.
Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Moment: Vogue editor and Met Gala co-chair Anna Wintour showed who was really the queen of fashion, when she showed up in this Chanel gown displaying her own type of fantasy.
Theme: The Model As Muse
Moment: Madonna proved she was still a material girl who was down with Louis Vuitton, using excess (we presume) fabric to create a $350 Louis Vuitton “bunny ear.” We heard they later regretted not calling the event Madonna as the muse.
Theme: The Costume Institute partnered with Vogue and the Gap for their “American Woman” exhibit
Moment: M.I.A in Alexander Wang for Gap as a muse titled American Woman is enough tongue-in-cheek-ness for us. The intricate column was made from hand-crocheted metallic gold yarn and worn over a leather corset bodysuit.
Theme: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” honoring the late designer’s never before seen work.
Moment: We’ll skip on memorable moments for this one since it was, indeed, one of the saddest Met Galas, honoring the designer who committed suicide just months before. But we will show you this adorable pic of Jay and Bey for happiness measures…and as prep for 2012′s epic moment.
Theme: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
Moment: Beyonce shows up just minutes before the red carpet closes, and after some photogs departed, dressed to perfection in Givenchy with her makeup done by none other than herself.
Here’s to another year of impossibly amazing designs, we can’t wait to see what the punk theme and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci’s hosting skills serve up as memorable moments.