Over the past decade, the Met Gala red carpet has only gotten bigger and better. The star-studded event—and its various themes—have encouraged attendees to have unabashed fun on the red carpet, and it’s a spirit that has only been amplified as the gala has grown. If you compare the 2010 Met Gala to 2019’s camp theme, for instance, the difference is drastic: What was once a sea of beautiful evening gowns has transformed into a showmanship of pure extravagance and risk-taking.
This year’s Met Gala will serve as a celebration of Karl Lagerfeld, highlighting the late designer’s one-of-a-kind contributions to fashion while helming major fashion houses such as Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, and more. It will be co-hosted by Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, and Anna Wintour. The red carpet dress code is “in honor of Karl,” so you can expect celebrities to (hopefully) unearth and bring vintage Lagerfeld designs to the steps of the Met.
While we’ll all have to wait to see how that plays out, we can satisfy our craving for elaborate dressing by looking at past Met Gala events. Consider it prime time to refresh your memory of all the past iconic looks to grace the carpet—and also brush up on the moments and themes that you may have missed or forgotten. (Take Helen Lasichanh’s 2017 Comme des Garçons shapely look, the Olsen twins’ unexpected take on the 2013 punk theme, and many more.)
Below, Vogue has collected all of the Met Gala looks since 2010.
2022: “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”
Last year’s Met Gala theme, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” kicked off the Costume Institute’s exhibition of the same name: It centered on the tenets of American style, and highlighted the anonymous and unsung heroes of U.S. design. On the red carpet, stars served up their best takes on the Gilded Glamour, White Tie dress code.
2021: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”
The 2019 Met Gala celebrated the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which opened to the public in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18th. On the red carpet, the celebrity guests embodied the theme of American style, from flashy, star-spangled ensembles, to more discreet nods to Americana motifs.