Met Gala themes over the years: From Haute Couture to Karl Lagerfeld
Taking a look back at the glamorous themes of previous Met Galas.
Every year one of the biggest events in fashion and art takes place: The Met Gala. The glamorous event has a distinct theme each year and this year is no different.
The theme of the night serves as the dress code and the gala is a major star-studded event. Themes can range from a vague idea or category to a tribute to a specific style icon.
This year the 2023 Met Gala pays tribute to the late designer Karl Lagerfeld. ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,’ is the official theme.
With the big night less than a week away, while the designers add the finishing touches to their looks let’s take a look back at previous Met Gala Themes.
2010 to present
2022: “Gilded Glamour”
Last year’s Met Gala theme paid homemade to the Gilded Age in New York. This was also the year that Kim Kardashian wore one of Marilyn Monroe’s preserved dresses on loan from Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s collection.
2021: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion
In 2021, The Met Gala theme served to celebrate the evolution of American style throughout history. Many attendees focused on wearing infamous American designers.
2020: “About Time: Fashion and Duration”
Unfortunately, the Met Gala in 2020 was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, some stars showed off the outfits they would have worn if the gala had gone on.
2019: “Camp: Notes on Fashion”
The 2019 Met Gala sent viewers into a frenzy over confusion as to what ‘Camp’ truly meant. However, attendees came dressed in bright colors, big and bold silhouettes, and eccentric fabrics.
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”
2001 to 2009
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: No theme
2001: “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years”
1995 to 2000: The Met Gala’s first years
2000: No theme
1999: “Rock Style”
1998: “Cubism and Fashion”
1997: “Gianni Versace”
1996: “Christian Dior”
1995: “Haute Couture”