The most memorable Met Gala fashion moments that broke the internet
From Kim K in Balenciaga to Zendaya in Tommy Hilfiger
The Met Gala is arguably THE biggest fashion event of the year, where celebs flock in all their finery to NYC’s iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art. So what better time—as we count down the days until the Met Gala 2022 and its Bridgerton-inspired dress code—to take a look back at all the most memorable Met Gala fashion moments that broke the internet.
From classic Met Gala memes like Jason Derulo falling down the steps (no, it didn’t happen) to debuting the weirdest and most wonderful fits the fashion world has to offer—the Met Gala has had its fair share of newsworthy moments. 15 to be exact if our calculations are correct!
Now thanks to the art and design marketplace SINGULART, we’ve got all those memorable moments ranked for you, so buckle in—it’s about to get couture…
The most memorable Met Gala fashion moments
1. Billie Eilish’s Marilyn Monroe moment 2021
Topping the list of most memorable fashion moments is Happier Than Ever singer Billie Eilish. She owned the 2021 red carpet, wearing a nude Oscar De La Ranta Gown, which left us all floored.
Up until this moment, Billie was synonymous with her baggy, punk rock fits, so this fairytale gown was a truly jaw-dropping moment. She looked like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Cinderalla, it was in a word, perfect—just look at her!
According to SINGULART, on just one Instagram post of her look alone, she received over 19 million likes and comments!
2. Kendall Jenner’s Naked dress 2021
Remember when the ‘naked-style’ dress was everywhere last year? Well, Kendall Jenner won that trend with her stunning Givenchy gown. The dress was nude mesh and covered in glittering crystals, if we’re honest we still think about this dress at least once a week.
3. Kylie Jenner giving us purple mermaid 2019
This Versace number ticked a lot of boxes, it was lilac, sparkly, fluffy and even gave us twinning moment with Kylie's sister Kendall, who wore an orange version of this gown.
4. Kim Kardashian's full-bodied Balenciaga fit 2021
Boy, did this outfit cause some controversy! Kim Kardashian's full-bodied Balenciaga outfit may not have been everyone's favorite but it was definitely memorable.
This look gave rise to endless memes that Kim wasn't even under the face-covering outfit but regardless it belongs on this list.
5. Rosé's YSL mini dress 2021
Rosé's fans adored this YSL pink bow moment, the mini-dress really stood out amongst all the long gowns. She paired the dress with some pointy platform heals and it was just *chefs kiss*.
6. Lili Reinhart embodying spring 2021
Lili Reinhart's Christian Siriano gown was a floral dream! The dress was sheer, millennial pink and covered in vibrant flowers, right down to the trailing train. This dress was by far one of the prettiest ever to walk the red carpet.
7. Justin Bieber going classic with a twist 2021
The Peaches singer kept things simple, opting for an oversized suit, which he accessorized with sneakers from his own brand Drew House. Justin also matched his wife, Hailey Bieber who also wore a simple and elegant black gown.
8. Gigi Hadid's epic hair transformation 2021
Gigi Hadid wore an incredible white and black Prada gown, with matching long black leather gloves and looked the epitome of Hollywood glamour but what really stole the show was her hair.
Gigi ditched her iconic blonde locks for a vibrant red ponytail and it was everything!
9. Zendaya's light-up gown 2019
This dress was THE moment of the 2019 Met Gala. Not only did Zendaya's Cinderella-inspired dress light up, but it did so when her stylist, Luxury Law, waved a magic wand! It was pure magic.
Zendaya also topped off the look with a little pumpkin carriage purse—so cute!
10. Kim K's wet-look dress 2019
Kim K has made the most memorable list twice and for good reason! The reality star stunned in this wet-look Mugler fit, but that's not the only reason why it caused such a stir!
Fans later discovered that Kim was actually sewn into the corseted dress and as a result could barely sit down and definitely could not go to the toilet for the entire Gala. Now that's what we call commitment to fashion!
11. Olivia Rodrigo's black lace moment 2021
Olivia Rodrigo killed her first ever Met Gala appearance, wearing a stunning black lace fit by Anthony Vaccarello. She accessorized the look with mega platform heels and dramatic black eyeliner.
12. Rihanna's Balenciaga coat/gown 2021
It wouldn't be an article about the Met Gala without mentioning Rihanna. Not only did this 2021 appearance see her make her red carpet debut with boyfriend A$AP Rocky but also treated us to this very cozy-looking Balenciaga number.
Rihanna is known for bringing her a-game to the Gala, with fans vowing they were only watching to see her arrival but many were left slightly baffled by this look. It was certainly memorable though!
13. Rihanna (again) looking seriously regal 2018
At the 2018 Met Gala, Rihanna wowed in this regal Maison Margiela gown, equipped with a crown.
14. Kendall's feathery orange gown 2019
As mentioned, Kendall matched her sister Kylie in this orange Versace dress and fans just loved the matching moment. This dramatic dress made Kendall look like a literal phoenix, with vibrant feathers covering one of her arms.
15. Shawn Mendes' dapper maroon suit 2018
Last but definitely not least comes Shawn Mendes' first Met appearance. This moment sparked a lot of reactions and not just because Shawn was cutting a very handsome figure.
Shawn fans also were shook by the fact he attended with then-girlfriend Hailey Bieber, debuting their surprise relationship for the first time!
Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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