Here Are The Best And Worst Met Gala Looks To Ever Walk Up Those Steps

As the first Monday of May approaches, I thought now would be an amazing time to go through the history of the Met Gala to assemble the best and...not-so-best looks.

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In the words of mizft on TikTok, "Don't be mad at me, these are just my opinions."

The theme in 1995 was "Haute Couture."

Haute Couture — French for "high fashion" — usually consists of hours and hours of custom work on a garment. It's one of a kind and is essentially a walking piece of art.

Honorable mention goes to Clarissa Broffman:

  Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Look at ALL OF THOSE EMBROIDERED FLOWERS! My goodness. I can't even imagine how long this took to make.

Best dressed goes to Naomi Campbell:

Naomi wearing a shiny, glittery sleeveless dress
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All. Those. Sparkles. In Naomi's case, all that glitters is gold.

Not my fave goes to Kate Moss:

Kate wearing a simple plan halter dress
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Don't get me wrong! The dress is gorgeous! It just doesn't scream "Haute Couture." It's more like, "Cher, get in here!" "Yes, Daddy?" "What is that?" "A dress." "According to who?" "Calvin Klein."

The theme in 1996 was Christian Dior, and in 1997 it was Gianni Versace. I *personally* feel like I can judge an outfit based on whether it fits the theme, but if the theme is a designer, then I will politely skip these years because I am not tryna catch no atelier smoke!

The theme in 1998 was "Cubism and Fashion."

According to The Met, "Cubism (an art style that emphasized the flat, two-dimensional surface of the picture plane, rejecting the traditional techniques of perspective...and time-honored theories that art should imitate nature) and Fashion demonstrates for the first time how the fundamental traits of Cubist art were translated into fashion during the critical years from 1908 into the early 1920s and how Cubism has continued to influence designers even to the present."

There aren't many photos I am able to access because it was so long ago, but I didn't wanna leave you hanging, so here's a pic of Sigourney Weaver looking fabulous:

Sigourney wears a long thin-strapped dress with 4 lines going down mid-way
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The theme in 1999 was "Rock Style."

Pretty self-explanatory if you ask me!

Honorable mention goes to Amber Valletta:

Amber wears a jumpsuit with a plunging neckline with gold spike details
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I can see Freddy Mercury wearing something like this as he performs "Bohemian Rhapsody" in heaven.

Best dressed goes to Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney:

both women wear one-sleeved shirts that say Rock Royalty in metal detailing
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Liv (daughter of Aerosmith's Steve Tyler) and Stella (daughter of The Beatles' Paul McCartney) were QUITE LITERALLY BORN TO ROCK THIS THEME!

Not my fave goes to Elizabeth Hurley:

Elizabeth wearing a halter top dress with a long slit and jeweled embroidery along the waistline
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Although daring, it doesn't scream Rock 'n' Roll.

There was no theme in 2000, but the theme in 2001 was "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years."

Jackie O.'s fashun during JFK's presidency was nothing short of iconic. I will forever daydream about her pink Chanel suit.

Honorable mention goes to Renée Zellweger:

Renee wears a tailored sleeveless dress that hits right at the knees and has a small bow belt
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Renée looks fresh and elegant.

Best dressed goes to Caroline Kennedy:

Caroline wears a long oversized shiny coat over her dress
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Like mother, like daughter!

Not my fave goes to 3LW:

the three women wearing bright colors, shiny shorts and pants, and crop tops
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It's like...ladies. HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF JACKIE KENNEDY? This is more your brand, not hers.

There was no theme in 2002, but in 2003 the theme was "Goddess: The Classical Mode."

According to The Met, "Artists and designers have looked to the three major types of classical dress — the chiton, peplos, and himation — and have incorporated from Greco–Roman sources attributes such as the laurel and breastplate as well as various details, notably the Greek-key motif that is familiar as an architectural element from ancient Greek times to recent revivals."

Honorable mention goes to Iman:

Iman wearing a long silver shiny gown with a halter top
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A vision in ivory.

Best dressed goes to Nicole Kidman:

Nicole wearing a sheer one-sleeved dress with diamond detailing throughout
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LITERALLY a Greek goddess. Aphrodite, who?

Not my fave goes to Westlife:

the three men wearing their everyday jeans and T-shirt combos
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They should be grateful that Anna Wintour didn't kick them out ON SIGHT!

The theme in 2004 was "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century."

According to The Met, "Dangerous Liaisons takes its theme from this era, when trifling in love propelled the energies of elite men and women, providing almost daily stimulating encounters, and when, as has been written, 'morality lost but society gained.'"

Honorable mention goes to Jennifer Lopez:

Jennifer wears a long thin-strapped lace dress that's tight for the upper half and flares out with more fabric on the bottom
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Dark! Daring! Dangerous!

Best dressed goes to Amber Valletta:

Amber wears a dress that's a nod to Victorian style of dress, large ruffles, and corset top
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Head-to-toe perfection! Let her eat cake!

Not my fave goes to Jimmy Fallon:

Jimmy in a black suit with brown button-down and bow tie
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The only "dangerous" thing about this outfit is the black-and-brown color combination.

The theme in 2005 was "The House of Chanel" — which we're going to skip because I do not want to be haunted by the ghost of Coco herself. The theme in 2006, however, was "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion."

According to The Met, "AngloMania...examines aspects of English culture that continue to capture the imaginations of Europeans and Americans, among them the class system, sport, royalty, pageantry, eccentricity, the gentleman, and the country garden."

Honorable mention goes to, of course, Sarah Jessica Parker:

Jessica wears a dress that is plaid on one side and lacy and tulle on the other
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The look that started SJP's epic Met Gala journey.

Best dressed goes to Emmy Rossum:

Emmy wears a military style jacket over a mermaid skirt that has a slight train with lace details
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I love the nod to British history, yet, it doesn't read as derivative!

Not my fave goes to Marcia Gay Harden:

Marcia wears a shiny sleeveless dress with mermaid skirt
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The silhouette is fine...but the fabrication is not a choice I would make.

The theme in 2007 was "Poiret: The King of Fashion" which we're gonna pass — again, not a ghost enemy I wanna make! However, the theme in 2008 was "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy."

Marvel meets modern fashion is the best way to sum up this theme!

Honorable mention goes to Lake Bell:

Lake Bell wears a mini dress with long sleeves that has jeweled detailing that looks like thunderbolts throughout
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The lightning bolt motif reminds me of comic book graphics and I truly love to see it!

Best dressed goes to Katie Holmes:

Katie in a sleeveless shiny dress with a necklace that's a nod to Superwoman's lasso
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The bright red dress and electric blue shoes is giving Superman a run for his money.

Not my fave goes to Eva Longoria:

Eva wears a long sleeveless gown with pleats and ruffled details
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The through-line for almost all of my least fave looks is not the outfit itself — aside from Jimmy Fallon, that was offensive — but how much the outfit doesn't fit the theme.

The theme in 2009 was "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion."

According to The Met, "Model as Muse explores the relationship between fashion and models at the forefront of style and femininity."

Honorable mention goes to Rihanna:

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Patrick Mcmullan / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Baby's first Met / the beginning of her career as a muse to fashion designers everywhere!

Best dressed goes to Kate Moss:

Kate wears a shiny mini dress with one sleeve that is cape-like
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I mean, Kate Moss was one of the biggest muses of the '90s! Of course she's winning best dressed this year.

Not my fave goes to Madonna:

Madonna wears thigh-high boots and a corset dress
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My mom told me if I have nothing nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all. So...yeah.

The theme in 2010 was "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity."

According to The Met, "It explores developing perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940 and how they have affected the way American women are seen today."

Honorable mention goes to Anna Hathaway:

  Dimitrios Kambouris / FilmMagic / Getty Images
Dimitrios Kambouris / FilmMagic / Getty Images

Mia Thermopolis is all grown up!!!

Best dressed goes to Doutzen Kroes:

Doutzen wears a tulle dress with off the shoulder sleeves and a dreamy train
Patrick Mcmullan / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Doutzen is Dutch and Cinderella is a story written by some of the most famous German writers in history. Talk about Nationalism!

Not my fave goes to Katy Perry:

Katy wears a long dress with a high slit on the side
Larry Busacca / Getty Images

It pains me to put Katy on the "not faves" list, but I have to stay true to my convictions!

The themes in 2011 and 2012 were Alexander McQueen and Schiaparelli and Prada, respectfully...aka imma pass. The theme in 2013 was "Punk: Chaos to Couture."

If Taking Back Sunday was fashion, it would be all the outfits from this Met Gala.

Honorable mention goes to Madonna:

  Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images
Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images

If ever there was a theme made for Madonna, it was this one.

Best dressed goes to Sarah Jessica Parker:

SJP wears a gown with gold foil details and thigh high boots with a large crown with feathers
Stephen Lovekin / FilmMagic

The plaid thigh-high boots, the daring slit, the mohawk head piece? Chef's kiss.

Not my fave goes to Kim Kardashian:

  Larry Busacca / Getty Images
Larry Busacca / Getty Images

You can only go up from here!

The theme in 2014 was Charles James, a designer I do not want to offend and don't know enough about. The theme in 2015 was "China: Through the Looking Glass."

This was a look at China and the Eastern's influence on America and Western fashion.

Honorable mention goes to Beyoncé:

Beyonce wears a sheer dress with a train that has jeweled detailing along the bottom
Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

I am...unwell.

Best dressed goes to Rihanna (duh):

  Neilson Barnard / Getty Images
Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

There were a lot of contestants for best dressed! Zendaya, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, even Kim Kardashian! But, of course, I had to bestow the Queen of The Met with this honor.

Not my fave goes to Elizabeth Banks:

  Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images
Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Wear this to the Emmys, Liz, not the Met.

The theme in 2016 was "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology."

This theme took a look at technology's influence on fashion.

Honorable mention goes to Katy Perry:

Katy wears a short-sleeved velvet dress with chain print detailing and long leather gloves
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I feel like not a lot of people talk about Katy's "Manus X Machina" look. This was STUNNIN, LUV!

Best dressed goes to Zayn and Gigi Hadid:

Zayn wears a suit with metal armor detailing for the sleeves and Gigi wears a long silver dress with shiny detailing for the top
Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

Not enough couples coordinate at the Met! Everything about Gigi and Zayn's look gave cohesion, but not matchy-matchy.

Not my fave goes to Amy Schumer:

Amy wears a bold color dress with a slit in the middle and off the shoulder sleeves
Larry Busacca / Getty Images

😬🥴🙃

The theme in 2017 was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, two designers I have the utmost respect for and therefore cannot critique. But, I will leave you with my obvious choice for best dressed:

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Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

The theme in 2018 was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."

This theme took a look at religion's influence on fashion.

Honorable mention goes to Blake Lively...

Blake wears a long renaissance style gown with a large train
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...and Zendaya...

  Sean Zanni / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Sean Zanni / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

...and Chadwick Boseman (RIP).

  Frazer Harrison / FilmMagic
Frazer Harrison / FilmMagic

This is my article so I can have three honorable mentions if I want to!

Best dressed goes to Rihanna (DUH):

  Hector Retamal / AFP via Getty Images
Hector Retamal / AFP via Getty Images

"Father, son, house of Rihanna."

Not my fave goes to Elon Musk and Grimes:

Elon wears a collar-less shirt and blazer and Grimes wears a mini skirt dress with sheer gloves
Dia Dipasupil / WireImage / Getty Images

It's giving...the OPPOSITE of Gigi and Zayn.

The theme in 2019 was "Camp: Notes on Fashion."

According to Vogue, Camp is "sensibility marked by performance, excess, and a kind of winking bad taste."

Honorable mention goes to Michael Urie:

Michael wears half a tulle dress and half a suit
Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

One of the few men to FULLY COMMIT!

Best dressed goes to Zendaya and Law Roach:

  Taylor Hill / FilmMagic / Getty Images
Taylor Hill / FilmMagic / Getty Images

Bye bye Disney, hello HBO Max!

Not my fave goes to James Charles:

James wears a chain top and shiny pants
Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Immediately no.

Due to the pandemic, we had to skip the 2020 Met Gala and the 2021 Met Gala was postponed to the fall. The theme was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion."

The Gala was all about the history of American fashion — from designers, to historical figures, to fabrication!

Honorable mention goes to Lupita Nyong'o:

Lupita wears a long tailored denim dress with a slit along the side
Mike Coppola / Getty Images

A couture gown — aka high fashion — made of denim — aka low fashion — is pure genius.

Best dressed goes to Kendall Jenner:

Kendall wears a sheer dress with diamond detailing throughout
Mike Coppola / Getty Images

Listen, Imma give credit where credit is due! I love Kendall's nod to Audrey Hepburn.

Not my fave goes to Kim Kardashian:

Kim is completely covered in fabric, face included
Mike Coppola / Getty Images

This is actually what my sleep paralysis demon looks like. No joke.

And there you have it! The best and not-so-best looks from (almost) every Met Gala! Excited to see what looks grace the Met steps on Monday!