Considering the Met Gala is approaching fast for another year (2019’s ball will be held on May 6), it’s officially time to start brushing up on all your Met Gala trivia.
As happens every year (except for two, once in 2000 and again in 2002) the Met Gala enlists a theme which in turn influences what celebrities, models and designers wear on the red carpet. Some themes, which honour particular designers — think Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons or Alexander McQueen — see guests come dressed head-to-toe in vintage, paying homage to the brand in question. Other themes are more vague, like this year’s Camp: Notes on Fashion, which will likely see guests go for flamboyant, OTT outfits that will no doubt be a hit on social media.
Since 1995, when the Met Gala kicked off, themes have been the Met Gala’s biggest point of difference from another red carpet. Unlike the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the fashion world isn’t bound by traditional black tie rules for this particular red carpet. Instead, imagination runs free and virtually anything goes. The results? Katy Perry as an Angel and Cara Delevingne as a robot. In other words, the best ever red carpet.
Below, we’ve rounded up every single Met Gala theme over the past 21 years.
2019: Camp: Notes on Fashion
2018: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
2015: China: Through the Looking Glass
2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion
2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture
2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
2010: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
2009: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion
2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
2007: Poiret: King of Fashion
2006: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion
2005: The House of Chanel
2004: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century
2003: Goddess: The Classical Mode
2002: There was no theme
2001: “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years”
2000: There was no theme
1999: Rock Style
1998: Cubism and Fashion
1997: Gianni Versace
1996: Christian Dior
1995: Haute Couture