17 Best Met Gala Dress Ever

Fashion is all about passion, desire, and expressing ourselves to the world without limits, boundaries, and hesitation.

Someone once said, “Life is too short to wear something boring,” and every part of this statement is true!

Life isn’t perfect, but your style and outfit can be, so wear it in a suitably right way.

As the Met Gala season is here, we would like to give you fashion enthusiasts something interesting to read about.

Before diving deep into those lacy details, let’s start with a quick overview of our top “17 Best Met Gala Dress Ever”. 

Quick Overview of the Best Met Gala Dresses Ever

Rank Celebrity Theme Brand/Designer
17. Lizzo In America: An Anthology of Fashion (2022) Thom Browne
16. Ciara In America: A Lexicon of Fashion (2021) Peter Dundas
15. Anok Yai In America: A Lexicon of Fashion (2021) Oscar de la Renta
14. Jared Leto Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination (2018) Gucci
13. Lupita Nyong’o Camp: Notes on Fashion (2021) Versace
12. SZA Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination (2018) Versace
11. Lady Gaga Camp: Notes on Fashion (2019) Brandon Maxwell
10. Kim Kardashian Camp: Notes on Fashion (2019) Mugler
9. Kendall Jenner Camp: Notes on Fashion (2019) Versace
8. Nicole Kidman Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016) Alexander McQueen
7. Katy Perry Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016) Prada
6. Chadwick Boseman  Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination (2018) Versace
5. Gigi Hadid Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination (2018) Versace
4. Rihanna  China: Through the Looking Glass (2015) Guo Pei
3. Yara Shahidi  In America: A Lexicon of Fashion (2021) Dior 
2. Lorde In America: A Lexicon of Fashion (2021) Bode
1. Blake Lively Heavenly Bodies, In America: An Anthology of Fashion (2018.2022) Versace

17. Lizzo

Year: 2022

Theme: In America: An Anthology of Fashion

During the 2022 Met Gala, the Truth Hurts rapper from Detroit wore something which made her look like a renaissance painting straight out of a museum.

Moreover, the singer wore Thom Browne to her second-ever Met Gala and killed the red carpet with her black and gold-themed outfit.

Lizzo with her flute during the 2022 Met Gala (Source: Page Six)
Lizzo with her flute during the 2022 Met Gala (Source: Page Six)

Similarly, she wore a black coat with gold-floral designs, a simple black gown, and a gold choker.

Her sharp nails were colored the same for the ongoing ensemble, as her dress matched the Gilded Glamour theme.

And it would not be Lizzo without doing something over the top!

To clarify, she brought a $55,000 golden flute and played it on the red carpet!

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16. Ciara

Year: 2021

Theme: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

The R&B singer deserves a position on the 17 Best Met Gala Dress Ever list.

The I Bet singer, a mother to three children, wore Peter Dundas to the 2021 Met Gala. 

Similarly, Russell Wilson’s wife Ciara paid tribute to his American footballing legacy on the red carpet!

Ciara paying a tribute to her husband during the 2021 Met Gala (Source: Vogue)
Ciara paying tribute to her husband during the 2021 Met Gala (Source: Vogue)

Ciara Princess Wilson wore a neon green Dundas gown which looked majestic.

Furthermore, the gown had Russell’s Jersey no. 3 printed and shoulder pads.

Likewise, the R&B rapper wore her husband’s Super Bowl ring and carried an American football clutch as her purse.

Her look was iconic, or should we say touchdown! 

15. Anok Yai

Year: 2021

Theme: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

Anok Yai is the second black model to open a Prada show after Naomi Campbell.

The American model of Sudanese heritage managed to come in 15th position on our list because of her incredible dress-up during the 2021 Met Gala.

Anok Yai flaunting her Oscar de la Renta outfit (Source: Popsugar)
Anok Yai flaunting her Oscar de la Renta outfit (Source: Popsugar)

Moreover, Anok wore an Oscar de la Renta celestial crystal gown to the red carpet!

Similarly, the model also wore two necklaces, an oversized shawl with black feathers, opera gloves, and Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

Even if it was her second-ever Met Gala appearance, Anok Yai rocked the Old Hollywood style dress.

14. Jared Leto

Year: 2018

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination

The Gucci Jesus from the 2021 Met Gala wins the 14th position on the 17 Best Met Gala Dress list.

Jared Leto is known for pulling out incredible dress-ups for the annual fashion event!

Lana del Rey alongside Jared Leto during the 2018 Met Gala (Source: Glamour)
Lana del Rey alongside Jared Leto during the 2018 Met Gala (Source: Glamour)

Moreover, the Suicide Squad actor wore a light blue tuxedo with oversized white and gold priest-like sashes with floral embroidered designs.

The 30 Seconds to Mars singer finished the look with a pink shirt with a bow neckline inside the tuxedo.

Most importantly, the golden floral crown which Leto wore complimented the dress entirely, as it looked like Jesus’ crown of thorns.

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13. Lupita Nyong’o

Year: 2021

Theme: Camp: Notes on Fashion

The Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o for her incredible ensemble during the 2021 Met Gala, has earned the 12th position on our list!

Likewise, Lupita wore Versace Jeans Couture during the 2021 fashion main event.

The Black Panther actress during the 2021 Met Gala (Source: Go Fug Yourself)
The Black Panther actress during the 2021 Met Gala (Source: Go Fug Yourself)

Moreover, the gown was stitched with layers of blue denim, and her striking hair suited the dress she wore.

Similarly, her jewelry was fascinating yet simple; her teardrop earrings and De Beers necklace were stunning.

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12. SZA

Year: 2018

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination

The Love Galore singer rocked 2018’s theme of Fashion and Catholic Imagination with a Versace gown. 

The bubblegum-pink Versace gown was a fabulous one to watch, even though Rihanna was the winner of that year’s Met.

SZA looked like a princess in 2018 (Source: Popsugar)
SZA looked like a princess in 2018 (Source: Popsugar)

Similarly, the singer looked like a princess out of the castle for the red carpet event.

The angelic gown matched the stiletto boots and the majestic gold crown.

Definitely, one to watch for the next event! 

11. Lady Gaga

Year: 2019

Theme: Camp: Notes on Fashion

Jared Leto’s House of Gucci co-star Lady Gaga is not a stranger to fashion; she knows how to make a bold statement!

The Bad Romance singer appeared in 4 different outfits designed by her longtime friend Brandon Maxwell during the 2019 Met Gala.

She deserves to be in the 11th place on our list due to the selective dress-ups she did to match that year’s theme of Camp: Notes on Fashion.

For her first outfit, Gaga wore a pink fuchsia cape-type gown that was 25-foot long, combining it with incredible face makeup and a pink hair bow.

Brandon Maxwell then unzipped the pink gown to reveal Lady Gaga’s second outfit, a black vampire-looking dress.

The 4 dresses Lady Gaga wore during the 2019 Met Gala (Source: Fashinza)
The four dresses Lady Gaga wore during the 2019 Met Gala (Source: Fashinza)

The woman who has won 354 awards throughout her journey carried a black umbrella to match her second outfit.

Before her third look, Gaga wore lipstick in front of her photographers and paparazzi.

Similarly, Gaga’s third look consisted of a bright pink body-fit gown, and she wore a Linda Farrow sunglasses to make the look bold!

Lastly, Lady Gaga stripped down to her undergarments and netted pantyhose for her final look, all of which were crystallized. Now that’s Camp! 

10. Kim Kardashian

Year: 2019

Theme: Camp: Notes on Fashion

Kim Kardashian brought back Thiery Mugler out of retirement to design her 2019 Met Gala dress.

The Mugler dress was crafted of extreme measures as Kim had to lose a lot of weight and take corset breathing lessons to wear the unique clothing.

Kim Kardashian wearing Mugler during the 2010 Met Gala (Source: Evening Standard)
Kim Kardashian wearing Mugler during the 2010 Met Gala (Source: Evening Standard)

Moreover, the eldest Kardashian sibling wore a latex corseted dress with crystals hanging off, which looked like drops of water.

Kim looked wet as she set her hair and skin with plenty of oil!

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9. Kendall Jenner

Year: 2019

Theme: Camp: Notes on Fashion

Kim’s baby sister, Kendall Jenner, has managed to win 9th place on our list due to her unique looks!

The supermodel wore an orange feathered Versace gown to the 2019 Met Gala to cause absolute havoc on the internet for positive and negative reasons.

While many think the outfit was terrible, we all know it was one of a kind due to its orangey skintight feather concept.

Kylie and Kendall Jenner during the 2019 Met Gala (Source: People)
Kylie and Kendall Jenner during the 2019 Met Gala (Source: People)

Likewise, Jenner wore the skintight orange feathered Versace gown with a feathered headdress, earrings, and an expensive-looking necklace.

Moreover, Kendall’s smaller sibling Kylie also went for a similar vibe that year, as she wore a glittering dress with feathers on the sleeves and the skirt.

8. Nicole Kidman

Year: 2016

Theme: Manus x Machina

The Australian-American actress, the ex-wife of Tom Cruise, is also on our list!

During the 2016 Met Gala event, Nicole Kidman blew all her haters away with a fabulous look. More like shielded her up! 

The actress wore Alexnder McQueen’s black crystal-embroidered gown with celestial motifs to perfectly match that year’s Met theme.

Nicole Kidman wearing a celestial gown during the 2016 Met Gala (Source: People)
Nicole Kidman wearing a celestial gown during the 2016 Met Gala (Source: People)

Furthermore, her fabulous outfit had stars and moons crystalized into it, and her detachable cape also had the same designs.

Additionally, Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban shared a moment of romance as Keith kissed her arm in front of the cameras!

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7. Katy Perry

Year: 2016

Theme: Manus x Machina

Katy Perry looked like dark art during the 2016 Met Gala with Manus x Machina’s theme.

The Black and Gold Prada gown was indeed a thing of art, as it looked perfect on the Roar singer.

Katy Perry's gothic Prada outfit (Source: MTV)
Katy Perry’s gothic Prada outfit (Source: MTV)

Likewise, Katy wore long black gloves embellished with jewelry and a huge necklace chain with keys. Her bleached eyebrows and stylized hair with a bun and bangs completed the dark look. 

Similarly, her outfit of 2016 was futuristically gothic-looking, which enabled her to reach 7th on our list of the 17 Best Met Gala Dress Ever.

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6. Chadwick Boseman

Year: 2018

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination

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Boseman is the 6th Best Met Gala Dressed Celebrity Ever because of his iconic 2018 Met Gala look.

Chadwick Boseman in a catholic Versace outfit (Source: allure)
Chadwick Boseman in a catholic Versace outfit (Source: allure)

Moreover, Chadwick looked like a King wearing the Catholic Versace outfit during the leading fashion event of 2018.

He wore an all-white outfit that night; the cape had a golden crucifix embroidered, and the pants and the suit’s sleeves had catholic designs on them.

Chadwick wore gold-colored shoes to match the vibe of the theme, Fashion and Catholic Imagination.

5. Gigi Hadid

Year: 2018

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination

Gigi has attended the Met Gala every year since 2015 and is no stranger to the event!

Donatella Versace personally picked the dress for Hadid, which looked angelic and ideally suited 2018’s theme.

During the 2018 Met Gala, the oldest of the Hadid siblings wore a one-shoulder glass-inspired gown.

Gigi wearing a fabulous Versace church windows style gown (Source: Teenvogue)
Gigi is wearing a fabulous Versace church windows style gown (Source: Teenvogue)

Her gown looked like the windows of a church, and it looked perfect with the accessories she put on!

Gigi’s simple accessories that year were gold earrings, rings, and bobby pins.

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4. Rihanna 

Year: 2015

Theme: China: Through the Looking Glass

Did you know Rihanna’s 2015 Met Gala dress took two years to make and was handmade by a Chinese woman?

Rihana has attended the nine other Met Galas throughout her career, and she has managed to rock her outfit each year!

Rihanna during the 2015 Met Gala event (Source: Vanity Fair)
Rihanna during the 2015 Met Gala event (Source: Vanity Fair)

Similarly, one of her most iconic looks came during the 2015 Met Gala, in which she wore a Guo Pei bright yellow cape.

The cape had trimmed fur and a long train with designs resembling the Chinese Couture.

One of RiRi’s most striking looks on a red carpet event ever!

3. Yara Shahidi

Year: 2021 

Theme: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

Yara Shahidi wore a Christian Dior custom strapless gown to look stunning during the 2021 Met Gala.

Moreover, Yara’s outfit was inspired by Josephine Baker; in fact, Baker’s outfit was used to recreate Yara’s 2021 look.

Yara Shahidi honoring Josephine Baker with her 2021 Met Gala dress (Source: Bazaar)
Yara Shahidi honoring Josephine Baker with her 2021 Met Gala dress (Source: Bazaar)

Likewise, the actress arrived at the Met with her Dior gown, embroidered with beading, a belt, a beautiful looking trail, elbow-length gloves, and a veil.

Similarly, the activist wore a diamond choker, earrings, and forehead jewelry from Cartier Sixieme Sens High Jewelry.

Yara honored the American-born civil rights activist perfectly.

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2. Lorde

Year: 2021

Theme: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

Lorde’s fascinating yet straightforward 2021 Met Gala outfit has managed to steal 2nd spot on our list of 17 Best Met Gala Dress Ever.

The Royals singer wore Emily Bode’s creation, BODE, during the 2021 main event.

Furthermore, the menswear designer created womenswear for the first time, a special outfit for Lorde.

Lorde wearing Bode during the 2021 Met Gala (Source: Hollywood Life)
Lorde wearing Bode during the 2021 Met Gala (Source: Hollywood Life)

Moreover, the New Zealand singer’s exquisite gown had antique designs.

The gown had pressed pennies, cabochons, and Cracker Jack charms, all included in the upcycled fashion-themed dress Bode created.

Similarly, she carried a recycled 22-karat gold bag made by Prounis Jewelry to match her unique dress perfectly.

Lorde’s headpiece had designs and three tiny suns orbiting around her head!

1. Blake Lively

Year: 2018 & 2022

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination & In America: An Anthology of Fashion

Congratulations, you have reached the no. 1 position on our list!

It was not too hard to decide who wore the best dress during the Met Gala ever, but it was hard to determine which year to choose.

And yes, Blake Lively is the holder of the Best Dressed Celebrity for the Met Gala events, and she has been selected for two different years; 2018 & 2022, respectively. 

Firstly, talking about her 2018 Met Gala dress, she wore a Versace gown designed with ornate and gold designs, which took 600 hours to make.

Blake Lively's 2018 Versace Met Gala Dress (Source: Vogue)
Blake Lively’s 2018 Versace Met Gala Dress (Source: Vogue)

Moreover, the exquisite-looking dress perfectly matched that year’s theme and gave some Game of Thrones vibe.

Likewise, regarding her 2022 Met Gala look, Ryan Reynold’s wife won this year’s Met.

During the 2022 Met Gala, Blake wore Versace again to reclaim her Met Gala crown!

This year, Blake paid tribute to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Grand Central Terminal, and the Brooklyn Bridge through her outrageous transforming dress.

Blake Lively during the 2022 Met Gala (Source: My Modern Met)
Blake Lively during the 2022 Met Gala (Source: My Modern Met)

Blake wore a copper bow at the hip for her first look, and for her second look, the projection unraveled as the beautiful turquoise-colored designs of her dress were displayed.

Similarly, Lively wore a Lorraine Schwartz crown to perfectly match her incredible 2022 Met Gala outfit.

Blake deserves to be the Best Dressed Celebrity Ever winner during the Met Gala. Hands Down! 

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