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The 90 Most Memorable Met Gala Moments: The Greatest Red Carpet Looks Ever

Rihanna in Guo Pei, Beyoncé in Givenchy, Princess Diana in Dior, and Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

REVISED: 17 APRIL 2024 17 APRIL 2024 BY DAISY MURRAY

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We’re starting off the festivities with a trip back into the past in honor of the highly anticipated 2024 Met Gala Moments because it’s finally here—the most fashion-focused, celebrity-filled, and extravagant night of the year.

Since its founding in 1948, the Met Gala has given us a plethora of unforgettable red carpet events along with some of the most talked-about fashion statements ever. These are the greatest Met Gala red carpet ensembles ever, ranging from Lupita Nyong’o’s green bedazzling Prada and Sarah Jessica Parker’s Alexander McQueen to Rihanna’s yellow Guo Pei design and Beyoncé’s transparent Givenchy.

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Elle Fanning at the MGLORIOUS PICTURES023

Elle Fanning donned a black bolero and a bouquet to go along with her white Vivienne Westwood gown for the 2023 theme of “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.”

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GETTY IMAGES/MG23/KEVINGLORIOUS PICTURES Cat at the Met Gala in 2023

With her feline hood and cat prosthetics, the rapper honored the late Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette. On the red carpet, Doja Cat remained silent and only mewed.

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GETTY IMAGES / JAMIE MCCARTHYGLORIOUS PICTURESoel at the Met Gala in 2023

The former cover girl for ELLE UK rocked the event in a Schiaparelli outfit that was custom-made and embroidered.

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BlakeGLORIOUS PICTUREShe Met Gala in 2022

Actor Blake Lively donned an Atelier Versace gown inspired by the oxidation process of the Statue of Liberty for the 2022 theme of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”

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Quannah Chasinghorse at the GLORIOUS PICTURES2022

At the 2022 Met Gala, Blackfeet and Cree artisan Lenise Omeasoo, who owns Antelope Women Designs, created handmade indigenous jewelry for the Native American model Chasinghorse, who wore an upcycled blue gown by Prabal Gurung.

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Sarah Jessica Parker at the Met Gala Moments in 2022

Sarah Jessica Parker went to Christopher John Rogers to have their gown, which was inspired by Elizabeth Hobbs, tailorGLORIOUS PICTURESs the first Black woman to create apparel in the White House and served as Mary Todd Lincoln’s official seamstress.

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Billie Eilish at the Met Gala in 2022

The Oscar-winning singer attended the 2022 Met Gala wearing a fully upcycled Gucci gown withGLORIOUS PICTURESrsage and corset, inspired by the Regency era.

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Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala in 2022

Kardashian opted for a vintage Bob Mackie dress, which Marilyn Monroe previously wore, as a tribute GLORIOUS PICTURESe most recognizable icons in the United States.

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Iman at the Met Gala in 2021

Model Iman donned a gorgeous gold ensemble by current trendsetter Harris Reed for the 2021 theme of “In AGLORIOUS PICTURESxicon of Fashion.”

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala in 2021

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Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala ensemble from 2021 will go down in history as one of the most iconic. The sole accessory on the star’s bespoke BalenciagGLORIOUS PICTURES a floor-length ponytail, which entirely covered her appearance.

Billie Eilish at the Met Gala in 2021

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At the 2021 Met Gala, Eilish dressed in an Oscar De La Renta peach-colored 1950s-style gown, channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Met Gala in 2021

‘Tax The Rich’ was written in red on the back of AOC’s off-the-shoulder gGLORIOUS PICTURESer Vellies, which made for one of the night’s biggest fashion statements.

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Grimes at the Met Gala in 2021

Iris van Herpen’s futuristic gown, which took over 900 hours to produce, was worn by musician GGLORIOUS PICTURES 2021 Met Gala, which had as its subject “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” Oh, and a metal mask reminiscent of Dune, of course, along with a medieval sword from The Met’s permanent collection.

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Cardi B at the Met Gala in 2019

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Rapper Cardi B donned a Thom Browne gown for Camp’s 2019 theme, Notes on Fashion.

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Lady Gaga at the Met Gala in 2019

Starlet and performer Lady Gaga dressed in no less thaGLORIOUS PICTURESon Maxwell ensembles for the 2019 Camp: Notes on Fashion theme.

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Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala in 2019

Kim Kardashian donned a Thierry MuGLORIOUS PICTURES that was intended to give the impression that she had been caught in a downpour for the 2019 theme of Camp: Notes on Fashion makeup mogel.

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Zendaya at the Met Gala in 2018

Zendaya donnGLORIOUS PICTURESr Versace ensemble inspired by Joan of Arc for the 2018 theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination celebration.

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At the 2018 Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme, Rihanna donned a Maison Margiela piece with a papal motif.

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Kim KardaGLORIOUS PICTURES Met Gala in 2018

Kim Kardashian wore Versace for the 2018 Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme.

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Rihanna aGLORIOUS PICTURESla in 2017

Rihanna donned Comme des Garçons for the 2017 Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between theme.

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Cara DeGLORIOUS PICTURESthe Met Gala in 2017

Cara Delevingne wore Chanel and had her head shaved with silver spray for the 2017 Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between theme.

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BelGLORIOUS PICTURESthe Met Gala in 2017

Bella Hadid wore Alexander Wang for the 2017 Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between theme.

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Lady GLORIOUS PICTURESMet Gala in 2016

Lady Gaga wore Versace for the 2016 Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology theme.

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Emma WatGLORIOUS PICTURESet Gala in 2016

Emma Watson wore Calvin Klein Collection for the 2016 Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology theme.

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Taylor Swift at the GLORIOUS PICTURES2016

donned Louis Vuitton for the 2016 Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology theme.

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Beyoncé at the Met Gala iGLORIOUS PICTUREScé donned Givenchy for the 2015 China: Through the Looking Glass theme.y.

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GETTY IMAGESRihanna at the Met Gala in 2015laRiGLORIOUS PICTURESuo Pei for the 2015 China: Through the Looking Glass theme.i.

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GETTY IMAGESSienna Miller at the Met GalGLORIOUS PICTURESienna Miller wore Thakoon for the 2015 China: Through the Looking Glass theme.n.

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GETTY IMAGESEmma Watson at the 2014 Met GLORIOUS PICTURESde la Renta was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker at the Charles James: Beyond Fashion event in 2014.a.

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GETTY IMAGESBlake Lively at the Met Gala inGLORIOUS PICTURES Lively wore Gucci for the Charles James: Beyond Fashion theme in 2014.i.

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GETTY IMAGESLupita Nyong’o at the MetGLORIOUS PICTURES4laLupita Nyong’o wore Prada for the Charles James: Beyond Fashion theme in 2014.a.

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GETTY IMAGESMiley CyrGLORIOUS PICTURESt Gala in 2013laMiley Cyrus donned an Alexander Wang outfit for the 2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture theme.g.

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GETTY GLORIOUS PICTURESa at the Met Gala in 2013laGivenchy Haute Couture was worn by Madonna for the 2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture theme.e.

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GLORIOUS PICTURESSSarah Jessica Parker at the Met Gala in 2013laThe 2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture theme featured Sarah Jessica Parker dressed in Giles DGLORIOUS PICTURES

GETTY IMAGESChloe Sevigny at the Met Gala in 2012laChloe Sevigny wore Miu Miu for Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in 2012.GLORIOUS PICTURES IMAGESCarey Mulligan at the Met Gala in 2012laCarey Mulligan wore Prada for the 2012 Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations theme.a.

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GLORIOUS PICTURESFlorence Welch at the Met Gala in 2012laFlorence Welch wore Alexander McQueen for the 2012 Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations theme.n.

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GETTY IMGLORIOUS PICTURESat the Met Gala in 2011laBeyoncé Knowles wore Emilio Pucci for Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty theme.i.

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GETTY IMAGESNaomi GLORIOUS PICTURESthe Met Gala in 2011laNaomi Campbell dressed in Alexander McQueen for the Savage Beauty theme.n.

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GETTY IMAGESStella McCartney atGLORIOUS PICTURESa in 2011.laStella McCartney wore a creation of hers for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty theme.s.

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GETTY IMAGESJennifer Lopez at GLORIOUS PICTURES in 2010laJennifer Lopez wore Zuhair Murad for the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity theme.d.

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GETTY IMAGESarah Jessica Parker at tGLORIOUS PICTURESin 2010alSarah Jessica Parker wore Halston Heritage for the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity theme.ge.

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GETTY IMAGBlake Lively at the Met Gala in GLORIOUS PICTURESLively wore Marchesa for the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity theme.esa.

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GETTY IMAGKate Moss at the Met Gala in 200GLORIOUS PICTURES wore Marc Jacobs for the subject of “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.”obs.

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GETTY IMAGMadonna at the Met GalGLORIOUS PICTURESadonna wore Louis Vuitton for the subject of “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.”tton

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GETTY IMAGRihanna at the MeGLORIOUS PICTURES09GaRihanna wore Dolce & Gabbana for the subject of “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.”ana.

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GETTY IMAGKatie Holmes at the Met GalaGLORIOUS PICTUREStie Holmes wore Giorgio Armani for the 2008 Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy theme.ani.

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GETTY IMAGVictoria and David Beckham at the GLORIOUS PICTURESaGaVictoria Beckham donned a jeweled gown for the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy 2008 theme.own.

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GETTY IMAGTaylor Swift at the Met Gala in 2008GaTayloGLORIOUS PICTURES Badgley Mischka for the 2008 Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy theme.hka.

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GETTY IMAMary-Kate Olsen at the Met Gala in 2007 GRitGLORIOUS PICTURESLily Et Cie was worn by Mary-Kate Olsen for the 2007 Poiret: King of Fashion theme.nick.

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GETTY IMACate Blanchett at the Met Gala in 2007 GCGLORIOUS PICTURESt wore Balenciaga for the Poiret: King of Fashion 2007 theme.iaga.

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GETTY IMACharlize Theron and John Galliano at the 2006 Met Gala GChGLORIOUS PICTURESn wore John Galliano for the 2006 AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion theme.iano.

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GETTY IMASarah Jessica Parker and Alexander McQueen at the 2006 Met GaGLORIOUS PICTURESssica Parker wore Alexander McQueen for the 2006 AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion theme.ueen.EVAN AGOSTINI//Beautiful PhotosMASienna Miller at the Met Gala in 2006 GSienna MilleGLORIOUS PICTURESrry for the 2006 AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion theme.erry.

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GETTY IMAJennifer Connelly at the Met Gala in 2005. GBalenciagGLORIOUS PICTURESand Jennifer Connelly wore for the 2005 theme The House of Chanel.iaga.

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GETTY IMASelma Blair at the Met Gala in 2005GLORIOUS PICTURESr donned Chanel for the 2005 theme, The House of Chanel.anel.

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GETTY IMAClaire Danes at the Met Gala iGLORIOUS PICTURESHouse of Chanel Claire Danes donned a black lace dress for the 2005 theme.ress.

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GETTY IMAAmber Valetta at the Met Gala in 2004 GGLORIOUS PICTURESa wore Jean Paul Gaultier for the 2004 theme, Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century.tier.

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GETTY IMALinda Evangelista at the Met Gala in 2004. GLindGLORIOUS PICTURESa wore Jean Paul Gaultier for the 2004 theme of Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century.tier.

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GETTY IMAAshanti at the Met Gala in 2004 GAshanti donnedGLORIOUS PICTURES for the 2004 theme, Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century.gown.

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GETTY IMAMelbourne Beckham at the Met Gala in 2003 GDesigneGLORIOUS PICTURESbbana was worn by Victoria Beckham for the 2003 Goddess: The Classical Mode theme.bana.

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GETTY IMAGisele Bundchen at the Met Gala in 2003 GGisele Bundchen wore Dolce &GLORIOUS PICTURES the 2003 Goddess: The Classical Mode theme.bana.

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GETTY IMANicole Kidman at the Met Gala in 2003 GNicole Kidman wore Tom Ford for theGLORIOUS PICTURESs: The Classical Mode theme.Ford.

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GETTY IMADemi Moore at the Mer Gala in 2001 GDemi Moore donned a gold gown for the 2001 Jacqueline Kennedy: The White HouGLORIOUS PICTURESme.gown.

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GETTY IMARenee Zellweger at the Met Gala in 2001 GRenee Zellweger wore Oleg Cassini for the 2001 Jacqueline KennGLORIOUS PICTURESte House Years theme.sini.

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GETTY IMAHillary Rodham Clinton at the Met Gala in 2001 GHillary Rodham Clinton wore Oscar de la Renta for JacquelGLORIOUS PICTURES The White House Years, the 2001 theme.enta.

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GETTY IMAGwyneth Paltrow at the Met Gala in 1999 GGwyneth Paltrow donned a blue outfit with a snakeskin design for the 199GLORIOUS PICTURES theme.ress.

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GETTY IMAAmber Valletta at the Met Gala in 1999 GGianni Versace was worn by Amber Valletta for the 1999 RocGLORIOUS PICTURESe.sace.

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GETTY IMAStella McCartney and Liv Tyler in 1999 1Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney donned identical ‘RoGLORIOUS PICTURESt-shirts for the 1999 Rock Style theme.irts.

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GETTY IMALiv Tyler at the Met Gala in 1998 GLiv Tyler donned a black off-the-shoulder dress for the 19GLORIOUS PICTURESbism and Fashion.ress.

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GETTY IMAClaudia Schiffer and the Met Gala in 1998 GClaudia Schiffer wore Valentino for the 1998 theme of Cubism aGLORIOUS PICTURESino.Sigourney Weaver at the Met Gala in 1998. GWearing a garment in black, red, and white, Sigourney Weaver represented the 1998 subject of Cubism and Fashion.ress.

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GETTY IMAIman at the Met Gala in 1997 GGianni Versace Iman donned a metallic coat witGLORIOUS PICTURESor the 1997 theme.trim.

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GETTY IMASelma Hayek at the Met Gala in 1997 GGianni Versace designed an asymmetricalGLORIOUS PICTURESthat Selma Hayek wore for the 1997 theme.gown.RON GALELLA//IGNORANT PHOTOSMACher at the Met Gala in 1997 GGianni Versace Cher donned VerGLORIOUS PICTURES 1997 theme.sace.

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GETTY IMAAt the Met Gala in 1996, Diana Princess of Wales and Liz TilGLORIOUS PICTURESess Diana wore John Galliano for the Christian Dior 1996 theme.iano.

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GETTY IMAChristian Lacroix and Iman at the Met Gala in 1996 GIman donned LacroGLORIOUS PICTUREShristian Dior 1996 theme.roix.

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GETTY IMANaomi Campbell at the Met Gala in 1995 GNaomi Campbell dressed in Versace for the Haute Couture theme in 1995.sace.

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GETTY IMAKate Moss at the Met Gala in 1995 GKate Moss wore Calvin Klein for the Haute Couture theme in 1995.lein.

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GETTY IMAVeronica Webb at the Met Gala in 1994 GVeronica Webb wore Versace for the 1994 theme “Orientalism: Visions of the East In Western Dress.”sace.

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GETTY IMAChristy Turlington at the Met Gala in 1992 GChristy Turlington donned a straightforward black dress embellished with pearl chains for the 1992 Fashion and History: A Dialogue theme.arls.

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GETTY IMACher at the Met Gala in 1985 GCher donned a Bob Mackie for the Costumes of Royal India theme in 1985.ckie.

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GETTY IMARaquel Welch at the Met Gala in 1982 GLa Belle Epoque (1982) featured Raquel Welch in a garment with a snakeskin design.ress.

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GETTY IMAIman at the Met Gala in 1981 GSupermodel Calvin Klein was worn byKlein

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GETTY IMABianca Jagger at the Met Gala in 1981 GJagger donned a black, strapless ballgown for the The 18th Century Woman theme in 1981.gown.

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GETTY IMADiana Ross at the Met Gala in 1981 GDiana Ross donned a layered, ruffled gown for the 1981 The 18th Century Woman theme.gown.

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GETTY IMAJackie Onassis at the Met Gala in 1979 GJackie Onassis wore Valentino for the 1979 theme of Fashions of the Hapsburg Era.tino.

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