The Met Gala Through The Years

Strike a pose, vogue, vogue, vogue


By Dinushka Gunasekara | 14th May 2020

Although the first Monday of May has come and gone, it’s taken us this long to get out of our extravagant ensembles and dull dispositions to accept that the glorious affair is postponed. While we dry our eyes with leftover fabric from the outfits that could have been, we thought it’s only right to pay homage to fashion’s pinnacle event with a wander through Met Gala’s past.     

Since 1948, the Met Gala has been putting on all the frills (literally and figuratively) so prepare yourself – masterpieces ahead. And did I include every look Zendaya has ever done? Um, duh.

CHER | BOB MACKIE | ROMANTIC AND GLAMOROUS HOLLYWOOD DESIGN (1974)

Fi: Is underwear optional?

G: How Cher! This is like classy, diva Frozen.

D: Shiny, happy people holding hands.

JACKIE O. | VALENTINO | FASHIONS OF THE HABSBURG ERA (1979)

Fi: All black, all frills, no accessories though? (G & D: Earrings) I feel like a mini clutch would be good.

G: Bless, high school prom.

D: ^ agreed. If Black Swan went to prom.

DONATELLA VERSACE | VERSACE | CHRISTIAN DIOR (1996)

Fi: That’s Donatella? She looks like a Barbie dominatrix. I didn’t recognise her pre-botox.

G: OMG neither. And with the tan!

D: Versace S/M Collection.

KAROLINA KURKOVA | VIKTOR & ROLF | THE HOUSE OF CHANEL (2005)

Fi: When you can’t quite say the words so you wear them.

G: Is that a flag or a curtain?

D: Surely it’s mandatory to read that in Whitney Houston’s voice.

BEYONCÉ | GIVENCHY | CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2015)

Fi: I love it so much. Bangin’ Beyoncé.

G: Ooo I remember this. Savage, boujee, ratchet.

D: She looks like a subtly bedazzled pond and I dig it.

ZENDAYA | FAUSTO PUGLISI | CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2015)

Fi: I love that. Not for me, but definitely for her.

G: She’s like my dream solar system.

D: She’s my Teletubbies sun now.

RIHANNA | GUO PEI COUTURE | CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2015)

Fi: Outfit care of Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast.

G: Shine bright like a furry sun.

D: If Beauty and The Beast was set in Russia this would be it.

KENDALL JENNER | CALVIN KLEIN | CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2015)

Fi: UGH! Love this and her so much.

G: Love this so much. So Calvin. So Kendall.

D: Seductive medieval snake vibes to the max.

LILY ROSE DEPP | CHANEL | MANUS X MACHINA (2016)

Fi: HIPS!

G: Is that knitted? Comfort is key, girlfriend.

D: What do you reckon the temperature is in the Met Gala?

KYLIE JENNER | BALMAIN | MANUS X MACHINA (2016)

Fi: I think she’s cutting some great shapes.

G: *sigh* I love it because it’s Balmain. I’ll say no more.

D: This is the exact beaded curtain I wanted when I was younger.

ZENDAYA | MICHAEL KORS | MANUS X MACHINA (2016)

Fi: How the f does she make brown material work on a red carpet?

G: She can do no wrong. What a *slippery*, *shiny* little snake in all the good ways.

D: Why didn’t 3-year-old-me look like this when I got a bowl cut?

BRIE LARSON | PROENZA SCHOULER | MANUS X MACHINA (2016)

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Fi: This is very out of the box for Brie.

G: Why does this scream a pair of Wittner shoes I used to have? Quite fun though.

D: Rooney Mara’s sliding in the DMs asking when she can borrow.

BEYONCÉ | GIVENCHY | MANUS X MACHINA (2016)

Fi: Can you imagine the sound of her walking around?

G: Latex and shoulders, that is all.

D: She lowkey looks like fairy bread.

AMBER HEARD | RALPH LAUREN | MANUS X MACHINA (2016)

Fi: This makes me feel tired.

G: Silky, sexy 2000 vibes.

D: How does she look plain Jane and striking at the exact same time?

SELENA GOMEZ | COACH | REI KAWAKUBO/COMMES DE GARÇONS (2017)

Fi: This choker and eyeshadow is everything.

G: I’d like to see this front on, but I dig it.

D: Hello, is that Reformation? Please make this a print option.

RIHANNA | COMMES DE GARÇONS | REI KAWAKUBO/COMMES DE GARÇONS (2017)

Fi: Wow! Where is she?

G: When she sits can she see over it all? I feel like it’s a flower land dream, vomited.

D: This is what I thought my origami skills were like when I was 10.

CARA DELEVINGNE | CHANEL COUTURE | REI KAWAKUBO/COMMES DE GARÇONS (2017)

Fi: Get good Wi-Fi with that?

G: Space Invaders just got fierce.

D: WHERE’S MY SUPER SUIT?

ZENDAYA | REI KAWAKUBO/COMMES DE GARÇONS (2017)

Fi: Wow, what a transformation. She looks like a tropical Stepford wife.

G: I thought that was a hat but it’s her hair. She looks like she’s in the French Riviera back in the day.

D: Oh my golly gosh. This is like a Dangerfield print on steroids I’m in LOVE.   

PRIYANKA CHOPRA | RALPH LAUREN | REI KAWAKUBO/COMMES DE GARÇONS (2017)

Fi: *what I think I look like when I walk down the street in a trench coat* (G: do you want the reality?)

G: * gasp* LOVE THIS! She looks like a Bond girl mixed with a modern day Catwoman mixed with caramel slice.

D: Worst private investigator ever. How are you supposed to sleuth?

GIGI HADID | VERSACE | HEAVENLY BODIES (2018)

Fi: I feel like she really nailed the brief on this one. A+ angel.

G: She looks like a doll x Silky the fairy (from The Faraway Tree).

D: Why aren’t grown up fairy birthday parties a thing? This is exquisite.

RIHANNA | MAISON MARGIELA | HEAVENLY BODIES (2018)

Fi: Forgive me heavenly Rihanna for I have sinned.

G: If I was a queen, this would be my uniform. Please and thanks.

D: Petition for the Pope to wear this just once pretty please.

ZENDAYA | VERSACE | HEAVENLY BODIES (2018)

Fi: When you have a red carpet at 5, but a colander convention at 5:10.

G: Gladiator got glam! Looks very heavy and randomly remind me of Robbie Williams’ Feel music video.

D: I’ll only agree to a military draft if this is the uniform.

ARIANA GRANDE | VERA WANG | HEAVENLY BODIES (2018)

Fi: Baby blue soufflé.

G: Ari, my gal! She looks like a cloud of Grecian dreams.

D: The Vatican can suck it, she’s winning.

BLAKE LIVELY | VERSACE | HEAVENLY BODIES (2018)

Fi: I really just wonder how she got from Point A to Point B.

G: I don’t really feel a particular way about this one other than she should be in The Crown.

D: Did they design the entire venue for this because her and the carpet are seamless?

CELINE DION | OSCAR DE LA RENTA | CAMP: NOTES ON FASHION (2019)

Fi: THESE ARE SPIRIT FINGERS!!!

G: TA DA!!!!!

D: SHIMMYING NEEDED PRONTO!!!!

CARDI B | THOM BROWNE | CAMP: NOTES ON FASHION (2019)

Fi: When your crimson wave comes out of nowhere.

G: She looks like a lolly.

D: Red Room doona goals.

KENDALL JENNER AND KYLIE JENNER | VERSACE | CAMP: NOTES ON FASHION (2019)

Fi: Kendall yeessssssss, Kylie mauuuuuuuuve.

G: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.

D: The evil stepsisters are really upping their game.