This week the Met Gala documentary trailer was published so we thought we would go back and have a look at the best looks of the met gala.
The Met Ball is possibly one of the most prestigious and prominent fashion events of the year. With a strict invite-only guest list, it hosts the most happening celebrities and designers — unless you have $25,000 to spare (£19,286), then you too are more than welcome to attend. With a new (albeit obligatory) theme each year, the event essentially celebrates the years’ latest fashion exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In good form, here at Enty we’ve listed our top 15 Met Ball looks, starting from this year and working our way back to 2010. Mainly because we believe that no good sartorial decisions were made before 2010.
2016 — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Claire Danes without a shadow of a doubt won every apocryphal award that there was to be won this year. Her magical Cinderella-style gown by Zac Posen was configured to light up, an exquisite touch for this years theme. Though Bella Hadid decided to opt out of the Manus x Machina theme, her gown by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy was the epitome of elegance.
2015 — China: Through the Looking Glass
Whilst 2015’s China: Through the Looking Glass theme is the most criticised theme to date, with a significant number of people arguing that many of the outfits on the red carpet belonged to the wrong Asian culture, it definitely gave attendees more room to explore concepts outside of ball gowns and tuxedos.
2014 — Charles James: Beyond Fashion
Charles James was a designer in the in the mid-1900s, and was particularly famous for his spiral cut and Taxi dress, enthusing the era of structured dresses. Karolina Kurkova was the obvious winner in a magnificent Marchesa gown with hand-painted floral detailing, a perfect pairing for the Charles James theme. Whilst Nupita Nyong’o and Ashley Olsen decided to go against the theme, I stunned on the red carpet, respectively in Prada and vintage Gianfranco Ferre.
2013 — Punk: Chaos to Couture
2013’s Punk: Chaos to Couture was probably one of the most exciting themes to date. Leelee Sobieski won the night in a Christian Dior gown pressed with Dior gloves and black t-shirt. Absolutely genius. Whilst Nicole Richie opted for a relatively understated custom Topshop gown, her grey-do polished the look off wonderfully.
2012 — Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
The Prada and Schiaparelli theme was bound to host some of the most innovative looks for the 2012 Met Gala, but strangely enough one of the most unforeseen looks was Marc Jacob’s Comme des Garçon dress. Not for his eccentric sartorial choice, but because he didn’t actually wear a look by Prada, a designer he’s notorious for idolising. Mary-Kate Olsen looked just as unstoppable in an elegant dress of her own design.
2011 — Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
2011 was bound to be an emotional ceremony for Met Gala participants. Vogues’ Hamish Bowles is further proof that men needn’t always opt for conventional tuxedos in a plaid Alexander McQueen suit, whilst Ashley Olsen — who unsurprisingly made a second appearance on our best dressed list — dressed to kill in vintage Christian Dior.