Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Stella McCartney and Kate Bosworth, 2014.
The concept of a fashion prom is glamorous as is – but the fact that it is hosted by Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, held at the MET and this year held in honour of late designer Charles James cements the Met Gala’s status as fashion event of the year. The event is usually ripe with vintage reference and ensembles. Every year the event showcases a few fabulous individuals who chose vintage (which we love). Don’t let the social media and celebrity culture phenomenon of the 2000s fool you, this party has been going since the 1970s. Originally known as the Costume Institute Gala, the party originated in 1971. The event has been overseen by Anna Wintour as chair since 1995. This year’s white tie theme brought out a great deal of old Hollywood glamor as opposed to the 2013 punk themed gala, of which many celebrities seemed to have missed the memo and did not go punk enough I thought. The gala is known as the most exclusive party of the year and tickets this year cost $25,000 a piece. Put so many powerful people in one room and one can only imagine what goes on behind closed doors. Last year Kim Kardashian was cropped out of an online Vogue photo gallery of the occasion and this year she was on the cover of the iconic fashion publication. The Met Gala red carpet is a window into the fashion party of the year, so we put together some of our favorite looks from the past and present, for you to judge for yourself. What were some of your favorite looks over the years?
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Diana Vreeland Curating the World of Balenciaga, Photo by Harry Benson, NYC, 1973.
(L) Actor Anthony Perkins, wife Berry Berenson and actress Marisa Berenson, 1974. (R) Cher in Bob Mackie, 1974.
(L) Naomi Sims attends Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Exhibition 'American Women of Style' on December 10, 1975. (M) Vreeland gives a tour to First Lady Betty Ford of the “American Women of Style” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 1975. (R) 1975, Marisa Berenson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "American Women of Style" Costume Exhibition, 1975.
(L) Halston and Bianca Jagger attend the exhibit "The Glory of Russian Costume", 1976. (R) Jackie at “The Glory of Russian Costume” Exhibit Opening, December 6, 1976.
(L) Angela Lansbury wears caftan to the Costume Institute Gala, the theme was Fashions of the Habsburg Era, 1979. (R) Jackie Kennedy at the Costume Institute Gala Presents "Fashions of The Hapsburg Era.", 1979.
(L) Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute Gala presents "The Eighteenth-Century Woman", 1981. (R) Cher at the Costume Institute Gala presents "Costumes of Royal India", 1985.
(L) President and Nancy Regan 1977 "Vanity Fair- A Treasure Trove of the Costume Institute", 1977. (M) Yves Saint Laurent and Diana Vreeland at the "Yves Saint Laurent 25 Years of Design" Exhibition, AP Images, 1983. (R) Linda Evangelista during Opening Diana Vreeland Immoderate Style 1993.
(L) Kate Moss and Calvin Klein, the theme was Haute Couture, 1995. (R) Naomi Campbell and Brandy, 1995.
(L) Madonna at the Met Gala presents "Gianni Versace", 1997. (R) Amber Valletta looks every bit the rock star at the Rock Style themed MET Gala, 1999.
(L) Elizabeth Hurley, 1999. (R) Jennifer Lopez and Sean Combs, 1999.
(L) Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1999. (R) Stella McCartney and Liv Tyler, 1999.
(L) Kate Hudson, Met Gala Presents "Goddess: The Classical Mode", 2003. (R) Anna Wintour wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture, Nicole Kidman in Gucci by Tom Ford, 2003.
(L) Linda Evangelista in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture and Amber Valletta in a Maggie Norris Couture corset and John Galliano skirt, "Dangerous Liasons" Met Gala, 2004. (R) Diane Kruger, 2004.
(L) Scarlett Johansson in Calvin Klein, 2004. (R) Victoria Beckham, 2004.
(L) Selma Blair in Chanel, "House of Chanel" Met Gala, 2005. (R) Lily Collins, 2005.
(L) Vanessa Paradis in Chanel, 2005. (R) Ashley Olsen in Vintage Dior, 2006.
(L) Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker in tartan, 2006. (R) Selma Blair in Chanel, 2006.
(L) Cate Blanchett in Balenciaga, 2007. (R) Jennifer Garner in Vintage Valentino, 2007.
(L) Jessica Stam in Galliano, 2007. (R) Kate Bosworth in Vintage Chanel, 2008.
(L) Katie Holmes in Armani, 2008. (R) Mary-Kate Olsen in a vintage silver lace Christian Lacroix gown, 2009.
(L) Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen, 2010. (R) Ashley Olsen in Vintage Dior Couture, 2011.
(L) Mary Kate Olsen in Vintage Givenchy Couture, 2011. (R) China Chow in Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier, 2012.
Daphne Guiness in Alexander McQueen, 2011.
(L) Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy, "Schiaparella: Impossible Conversations" Met Gala, 2012. (R) January Jones in a structured lemon Versace gown with a vintage Cartier diamond and turquoise necklace and golden clutch, 2012.
(L) Lana Del Rey channels vintage glamour in Joseph Altuzurra, 2012. (R) Linda Evangelista, 2012.
(L) Diego Della Valle and Farida Khelfa in Schiaparelli, 2012. (R) Kirsten Dunst in Custom Made Rodarte, 2012.
(L) Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy, "Punk: Chaos to Couture" Met Gala, 2013. (R) Zac Posen and Lauren Santo Domingo, 2012.
(L) Amber Heard, 2013. (R) Anna Wintour in Chanel, 2013.
(L) Anne Hataway in Valentino, 2013. (R) Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, 2013.
(L) Kim Kardashian in Givenchy and Kanye West, 2013. (R) Virginie Courtin-Clarins & Claire Courtin-Clarins in vintage Thierry Mugler, 2013.
(L) Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Met Gala, 2014. (R) Anna WIntour in Chanel, 2014.
(L) Jay Z and Beyonce in Givenchy, 2014. (R) Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss, 2014.
(L) John Legend and Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren, 2014. (R) Ryan Reynold and Blake Lively in Gucci, 2014.
(L) Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen, 2014. (R) Irina Menzel in Donna Karan Atelier, 2014.
(L) Donatella Versace, 2014. (R) Georgia May Jagger in Thierry Mugler, 2014.
(L) Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji, 2014. (R) Jessica Pare in Michael Kors, 2014.
(L) Joan Smalls and Vera Wang, 2014. (R) Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta, 2014.
(L) Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, 2014. (R) Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Lanvin, 2014.
(L) Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte, 2014. (R) Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci, 2014.
(L) Kate Mara in Valentino Couture, 2014. (R) Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino Couture 2014.
(L) Marion Cottilard in Haute Couture Chanel, 2014. (R) Mary Kate Olsen in vintage Ferre and Ashley Olsen in vintage Chanel, 2014.
(L) Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta, 2014. (R) Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung, 2014.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta.
(L) Liu Wen in Zac Posen, 2014. (R) Suki Waterhouse in Burberry, 2014.
(L) Giovanna Battaglia in Dolce and Gabbana. (R) Rihanna in Stella McCartney.
Reese Witherspoon, Kate Bosworth, Stella McCartney and Cara Delevingne backstage at the Met Gala, 2014.