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15 must-see looks from the Met Gala 2024 red carpet

Often described as one of the biggest nights in fashion, the Met Gala is an annual fundraiser for The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that takes place — rather iconically — on the first Monday in May in New York City.

This year’s event celebrates the Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.

The exhibition, which features around 250 nature-themed garments and accessories, is an exploration of the fragility and ephemerality of fashion. It’s been described as a “celebration of clothing and fashion so fragile that it can’t ever be worn again.” 

The 2024 Met Gala is being co-chaired by Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth — and, of course, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.

The dress code is “The Garden of Time,” a theme inspired by British author J.G. Ballard’s 1962 short story of the same name.

WATCH | The short story behind this year’s Met Gala theme:

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The short story behind this year’s Met Gala dress code.

Here’s how celebrities like Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey interpreted the evening’s theme on the green (!) carpet.

Zendaya

Zendaya on the 2024 Met Gala red carpet wearing a blue and green one-shoulder, mermaid-hem gown.
Zendaya, one of the Gala’s co-chairs, wore Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano. (John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images)

According to her stylist and close collaborator Law Roach, the Challengers star and Met Gala co-chair hadn’t even seen her dress for the evening until this past weekend. As usual, she looked amazing in a blue-and-green Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano. The one-shoulder, mermaid-hem gown was paired with a dramatic headpiece and tulle veil detailing.

Emma Chamberlain

Emma Chamberlain on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a brown lacy corset dress with a long train.
Emma Chamberlain in Jean Paul Gaultier. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

The YouTuber and content creator reprised her role as Vogue‘s special correspondent again this year, interviewing attendees at the gala. For her own red carpet arrival, Chamberlain made a gothic impression in a custom, lacy Jean Paul Gaultier corset dress that reportedly took four seamstresses around 600 hours to assemble. 

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a sheer silver, strapless beaded dress.
Co-chair Jennifer Lopez shone in Schiaparelli Haute Couture. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

A co-chair for the evening, Lopez shone in a silver, strapless Schiaparelli Haute Couture dress. Designed by Daniel Roseberry, the very sheer, fitted gown reportedly took 2.5 million beads to make. Lopez styled the custom dress with nude accessories and a statement Tiffany & Co. necklace. 

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling on the red carpet for the 2024 Met Gala wearing a beige, sculptural dress.
Mindy Kaling wore a sculptural beige dress by Indian designer Gaurav Gupta. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

The Indian-American actor and producer chose a sculptural beige dress by Indian designer Gaurav Gupta. While it may not seem to fit the evening’s dress code, at least at first glance, the dress does look great from all angles — and where else can one wear such a gorgeous and truly three-dimensional gown? 

Greta Lee

Greta Lee on the 2024 Met Gala red carpet wearing an architectural, sheer white gown.
Greta Lee in Loewe, a Spanish fashion brand. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Lee, who sported Loewe several times throughout this past awards season, went with the Spanish fashion brand again for the Met Gala. She paired her sheer white architectural gown with white slingback heels and a sleek wig hand-cut by hairstylist Jenny Cho that’s sure to inspire many cuts this summer. 

Wisdom Kaye

Wisdom Kaye wearing an all-red suit and hat with a jacket that has a rose on the lapel and a long train.
Wisdom Kaye, in a Robert Wun suit, was one of many attendees who wore flower details. (John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images)

Unsurprisingly, there were many rose-inspired looks tonight, but model Wisdom Kaye’s bold red outfit by London-based designer Robert Wun was particularly impactful. Plus, we love that he literally manifested his Met Gala debut by posting looks on Instagram. 

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a floral dress with an extra-long train and sheer floral gloves
Rebecca Hall wore a Danielle Frankel gown and sheer floral gloves. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Making her Met Gala debut, Hall wore a diaphanous floral dress with an extra-long train by designer Danielle Frankel. Her sheer floral gloves, which are very on-trend, virtually disappear into the beautiful flowers painted on her shoulders and arms. Finally, her slicked back hair provides some much-needed contrast, allowing the overall look to feel modern and not too saccharine. 

Morgan Spector

Morgan Spector on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a red and black double-breasted suit with oversized poppies on the lapel.
Morgan Spector in a suit by designer Willy Chavarría. (John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images)

There were many men wearing oversized florals tonight. A highlight of this mini-trend was spotted on American actor Morgan Spector, who wore a bold red-and-black double-breasted suit by designer Willy Chavarría. The oversized poppies are stunning, and the fit is just right. 

Christian Cowan and Sam Smith

Christian Cowan and Sam Smith on the Met Gala red carpet. Cowan is wearing a cream double-breasted tuxedo and Smith is wearing a black double-breasted tuxedo.
Christian Cowan, left, and Sam Smith wore tuxedos designed by Cowan. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

The stylish couple wore co-ordinating double-breasted tuxedos in cream and black that were designed by Cowan himself. The win here is in the attention to detail — the jacket closures are made with actual red roses that were dipped in gold and sterling silver. 

Demi Moore

Demi Moore on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a pink-and-black, strapless dress with sculpted hips and a spiky, cape-like part.
Demi Moore wore a floral dress by Harris Reed with a detachable spiked cape. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Moore’s pink-and-black strapless dress was made in part with wallpaper, according to designer Harris Reed. Sculpted hips elevate the look, and we’re glad to see that the spiky, cape-like part comes off with ease. After all, there’s a whole gala dinner for Moore to sit through following the red carpet! 

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a strapless dress with a shimmery, mother-of-pearl bodice.
Ariana Grande’s makeup included ‘custom petal wing appliqués’ to go with her gown by Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Grande wore a strapless dress with a shimmery, mother-of-pearl bodice by Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson and noted that pearl is her birthstone. Her Wicked-inspired beauty look is great, too — it includes what makeup artist Michael Anthony describes as “custom petal wing appliqués,” and a minimalist long ponytail.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a beige corseted dress with branches on it and a sculptural branch headpiece with a sheer tulle veil over it.
Lana Del Rey in a mother nature inspired gown by designer Seán McGirr at Alexander McQueen. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Talk about a grand entrance. Del Rey posed on the arrivals carpet wearing literal branches draped with tulle. The theatrical ensemble by designer Seán McGirr at Alexander McQueen was inspired by mother nature and pays direct tribute to an archival McQueen look from 2006. 

FKA Twigs

FKA twigs on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a cream cape with knitted loops and a 2-piece diamond-embellished top and bottoms.
FKA Twigs in Stella McCartney. (John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images)

The British singer-songwriter wore Stella McCartney lab-grown diamonds and a fashion look inspired by the loop knits and sequined separates in the designer’s Fall/Winter 2024 runway collection. It’s not really on-theme, but it certainly stands out, thanks to plenty of shine — Twigs rocked sparkles all over her head, face and legs.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a beaded black gown, puffy cape and white gloves.
Naomi Watts stuns in a black gown by Balenciaga. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

In a sea of colourful lace and florals, Watts stood out in a high-contrast look featuring a beaded black gown, puffy cape and white gloves. Oh, and apparently, Watts dished that her Balenciaga gown was made from “an old tablecloth that was bought on eBay for €20” and repurposed for fashion’s biggest night.

Cardi B

Cardi B on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a strapless black tulle dress with a dramatic train.
Rapper Cardi B in a black turban and tulle gown by Giambattista Valli Paris. (John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images)

One of the final arrivals of the evening, Cardi B did not disappoint. The American rapper wore a huge black tulle dress by Giambattista Valli Paris that required a small crew to move along the carpet.

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