Some know it as the “Oscars of the East Coast,” but almost everyone knows it by its more commonly used title: the annual Met Gala. The fashion event of the year took place on Monday, May 2, and in traditional fashion (no pun intended), the event was held to help raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. Monday night’s festivities are often referred to as “the party of the year” and with tickets costing $30,000 a pop this year, it’d be hard to expect anything less than the best party the fashion world has to offer — and with such a glamorous guest list, these Met Gala red carpet looks are entirely appropriate.
The red carpet is the closest glimpse the public gets of the Met Gala itself, as what happens on the inside is generally kept secret. As of last year, posting on social media has even been banned.
But although we can’t see what happens on the inside, according to TheNew York Times, there are a few things the average viewer can expect to catch anyway. The night typically starts with the giant marketing and social media event of the red carpet, then the guests make their way into an exhibit which leads them into a cocktail party. After a few cocktails, there is dinner followed by some high-class entertainment — the stage has seen stars like Kanye West, David Bowie and Bruno Mars before.
This year’s Met Gala attendees dressed for the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ theme. Before the red carpet, Katy Perry was even feeling the pressure to impress. “I’m going to do something, but I’m sure like Gaga is going to arrive on a drone, and I’ll just be like, ‘Grrr! Again! S—!.'”the singer told People before she walked the red carpet.
Last year, Beyoncé had everyone gasping for air with her sheer bejewled Givenchy Haute Couture gown and Rihanna won the red carpet with her Chinese coutoure imperial yellow, fur-trimmed long draping cape. This year, these Met Gala red carpet looks prove these celebs know how to bring it in style.
Vikander took the whole "Tech" theme to heart with her gleaming Louis Vuitton mini-dress and chunky booties.
Swift went metallic in this Louis Vuitton cut-out with dark lips and strappy heels.
Alleged "Becky with the good hair" (or is she?) looked incredible in this feathered, metallic Vera Wang number — one that Refinery29 noted looked curiously similar to Beyoncé's 2015 Met Gala look. Coincidence? You decide.
The 26-year-old Vinyl star wore a silver shimmering Erdem gown and topped it all off with angelic curls.
Aja Naomi King
The How to Get Away with Murder actress looked glamorous in this dreamy yellow gown.
Fei Fei Sun
The Chinese super model sparkled in this Chanel number, which combined ethereal white, off-the-shoulder draping and silvery detailing, in line with the night's "Tech" theme.
Anna Wintour's daughter channeled her Vogue roots in this dark floral Alexander McQueen gown.
Herizen F. Guardiola
The 18-year-old singer-songwriter stunned the red carpet in this dainty green strapless gown. Guardiola will soon make her acting debut in The Get Down, an original Netlflix series.
The Fox News anchor teased a sit-down interview with Donald Trump while making her Met Gala debut in a black Badgley Mischka gown.
The Victoria's Secret model looked flawless and futuristic in this netted number.
The Neighbors star was shining in this gold cold shoulder dress by Ralph Lauren.
Steinfeld glammed up in gorgeous emerald green, dark lips, and gold accessories.
Sarah Jessica Parker
The Sex and the City star looked stunning in this Monse white top and harem-style pants with a matching coat.
The British all-star actor looked like everyone's dream date in this dapper tux.
Australian model Jessica Hart flaunted her figure in this lace and plum ensemble.
The recently engaged singer debuted silver hair to compliment her intricate silver gown.
The makeup entrepreneur and reality TV star looked glamorous and sexy in this beaded Balmain dress.
Jenner's sister, reality TV star and model Kendall Jenner, showed off her rocking bod in this Atelier Versace dress with white and blue stripes.
Taylor Swift's supermodel bestie looked classic in this white flowing cut-out gown and red lips.
Bosworth looked like a futuristic space warrior princess in this Dolce & Gabbana dress with a jewel-encrusted bodice.
The singer was well-equipped for the next eclipse with his wide-brimmed hat with a visor paired with a black tux with embroidered sleeves.
Actress and model Kate Upton looked classically gorgeous in this Toyshop dress with one sleeve, while showing off her new engagement ring and gold clutch.
The Gone Girl actress stunned in the angelic off-the-shoulder gown.
Author, actress, and writer Mindy Kaling rocked a simple and shimmery strapless gown with a studded clutch.
Queen Bey delivered in this floral and pearl encrusted latex Givenchy gown.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star joined her sisters and wore a futuristic silver Balmain gown, while hubby West donned ripped jeans and encrusted denim jacket, topping off his look with eerily futuristic blue contact lenses.
The Oscar-winner looked fierce in her green and shimmery gown by Calvin Klein Collection, styled with a very tall statement hairdo.
The soon-to-be mom of two looked like royalty in this Burberry caped gown.
The singer took on a dark futuristic vibe to the tech-themed night in this Moschino sheer belted gown.
Gaga nailed the tech-theme of the evening in this leotard made out of computer circuit boards.
The Notebook star was all gold and glamorous in this Valentino long-sleeved gown with dark red lips.
Bombshell comedian Amy Schumer absolutely rocked this stunning red dress with thigh-high slits and a little peek-a-boo cleavage.
Actress Emma Stone showed off her new dark hair in this white corseted Prada gown.
The supermodel rocked gothic look to fit and showed off a bit of midriff in this Louis Vuitton number creatively keeping in touch with this year's tech-theme.
In many fashion experts' eyes, Claire danes won the evening, arriving on the red carpet in a deceptively simple, light blue Zac Posen ballgown that lit up with tiny fiber-optic lights in the dark:
The Vogue Editor-in-Chief and lady of the night wore a classic white gown which eluded elegance and showed the timelessness of a simple piece.
The Met Gala attendees really brought out all the stops and completely rocked and fashion-tech theme in looks that were classically gorgeous and some that were creatively thought-provoking. Now, let's all think together and figure out a way to get on next year's guest list.