45 Incredible Met Gala Looks From the ’90s

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Madonna, Donatella Versace, and Cher at the Met gala in 1997

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Madonna, Donatella Versace, and Cher at the Met gala in 1997
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Pre–social media and pre-livestreaming, the Met gala wasn’t quite the star-studded, megawatt event it is today. Let’s just say nobody was being carried in by six shirtless men. It wasn’t until the late ’90s that the event began to boast the megawatt guest list that it is known for today. But the Met gala in the ’90s still had its fair share of incredible outfits, and looking at old photos has become a delicious, curious trip down memory lane. And since the Met gala has been postponed this year due to COVID-19, there’s no better time to look back on when Tara Reid wore a plunging black number or Brandy shimmered in a white skirt suit.

Many of the early-’90s Met galas featured a cohort of supermodels in deliciously minimalist looks. Scroll down in the slideshow, and you’ll spot an image of Kate Moss and Christy Turlington acting coy together in slinky, simple dresses. As the event neared the millennium and the extreme noughties, the looks became more over-the-top. The Met gala in 1997 included an ode to the late Gianni Versace, and Madonna wore an intergalactic-print shawl and matching dress. Also in the mix was Cher in a body-hugging black dress and Donatella Versace in a slinky gold number. There is a photo of the trifecta posing together.

Another standout was the “Rock Style” Met gala in 1998, when celebrities attended in their most maximalist attire. Gisele Bündchen made a cameo in a bombshell beaded dress; J.Lo, in a decadent fur, arrived with then boyfriend Diddy, who wore a full white look; and Sandra Bullock sported a neckline that dipped down to her navel. But perhaps the most wildly memorable look went to Lil’ Kim, who opted for a bubble-gum-pink bra-and-panties set to show off her rock-hard abs, a luxe fur coat, and snakeskin boots. Talk about an ensemble to remember.

For a bit of Met gala nostalgia, take this time to walk down memory lane and see the 45 best looks from the ’90s Met galas.

Naomi Campbell, 1990

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Naomi Campbell, 1990
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David Bowie and Iman, 1990

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David Bowie and Iman, 1990
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Bianca Jagger, 1990

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Bianca Jagger, 1990
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Christy Turlington, 1992

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Christy Turlington, 1992
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Kate Moss and Christy Turlington, 1995

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Kate Moss and Christy Turlington, 1995
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Shalom Harlow, 1995

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Shalom Harlow, 1995
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Brandy and Naomi Campbell, 1995

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Brandy and Naomi Campbell, 1995
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Goldie Hawn, 1995
Goldie Hawn, 1995
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Sarah Jessica Parker, 1995

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 1995
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Donatella Versace and Gianni Versace, 1995
Donatella Versace and Gianni Versace, 1995
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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1995

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1995
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Elizabeth Hurley, 1997

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Elizabeth Hurley, 1997
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John Galliano, 1997
John Galliano, 1997
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Renee Zellweger, 1997

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Renee Zellweger, 1997
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Linda Evangelista and Kyle MacLachlan, 1997

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Linda Evangelista and Kyle MacLachlan, 1997
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Debi Mazar, 1997

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Debi Mazar, 1997
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Carolyn Murphy, 1997

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Carolyn Murphy, 1997
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Madonna, 1997

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Madonna, 1997
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Cher, 1997

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Cher, 1997
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Donatella Versace and Elton John, 1997

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Donatella Versace and Elton John, 1997
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Salma Hayek, 1997

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Salma Hayek, 1997
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Claudia Schiffer, 1998

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Claudia Schiffer, 1998
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Julianne Moore, 1998

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Julianne Moore, 1998
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Chloë Sevigny, 1998

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Chloë Sevigny, 1998
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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999
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Jeremy Scott and Karen Elson, 1999

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Jeremy Scott and Karen Elson, 1999
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Amber Valletta, 1999

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Amber Valletta, 1999
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Michael Kors, Tara Reid, and Milla Jovovich, 1999

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Michael Kors, Tara Reid, and Milla Jovovich, 1999
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Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1999
Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1999
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Christina Ricci, 1999

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Christina Ricci, 1999
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Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney, 1999

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Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney, 1999
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Gisele Bundchen, 1999
Gisele Bundchen, 1999
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Jennifer Lopez with Diddy, 1999

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Jennifer Lopez with Diddy, 1999
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Cindy Crawford and Sandra Bullock, 1999

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Cindy Crawford and Sandra Bullock, 1999
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Lil Kim, 1999

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Lil Kim, 1999
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