Since its inaugural event in 1948, the Met Gala has been a storied night for fashion, art and high culture. It’s become a who’s-who of entertainment and stardom as the world’s hottest and most inspiring musicians, actors and industry leaders strut their stuff in themed looks that push the very boundaries of style and imagination.
This year’s event is sure to be a showstopper as guests and celebrities come dressed to impress around the theme “gilded glamour.” Some looks, however, have already won the gold—at least, as far as the internet is concerned.
Online art and design marketplace Singulart did the hard work of crunching engagement numbers across Instagram to see who has wowed audiences the most and in what designer’s work. These looks only go as far back as 2016, but that’s about when the social media impact of the Met Gala reached its modern peak.
From Billie Eilish to the Jenner sisters, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and more, here are the top 15 Met Gala looks that broke the internet.
The "Bad Guy" singer broke free from her signature street-wear look in this Marylin Monroe-inspired gown from Oscar de la Renta. This look had the whole world talking, and it still does. The theme in 2021 was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and old Hollywood was represented, for sure.
Talk about dripping in diamonds. Kendall Jenner stunned the world in this barely-there ensemble from Givenchy.
Purple princess Kylie Jenner came to stun in this colorful get-up by Donatella Versace. Together, the pair slayed that year’s theme: “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”
Kim Kardashian shocked the world when she hit the Met Gala carpet in this all-black ensemble that enveloped her entire body. "What's more American than a T-shirt head to toe?!" she wrote on Instagram. This look came courtesy of Balenciaga.
South Korean singer and dancer Rosé brought a simple silhouette with haute couture proportions in this thoughtful look by the incomparable Anthony Vaccerello and Yves Saint Laurent.
Whoever said you can be too old to play the part of flower girl never could have seen this breathtaking look from Christian Siriano, modeled beautifully by actress Lili Reinhart.
Men can stun, too, and this paired-down look from the Biebers turned heads without being over-the-top. The couple dressed themselves, dropping hints and references to Justin’s own streetwear line, Drew House.
Supermodel of the world Gigi Hadid had the world gagged on this classic Hollywood-inspired look, outfitted by Prada.
Actress extraordinaire Zendaya has become a true Cinderella story, and she took that literally in this incredible gown from Tommy Hilfiger. Her life really is a fairy tale and then some.
Before little sister Kendall did her “dripping in diamonds” look, Kim Kardashian paved the way in this utterly impressive form-fitting dress from the brilliant mind of Manfried Thierry Mugler.
Breakout music superstar Olivia Rodrigo didn't need a license to drive us crazy. She just needed to don this black lace look from Yves Saint Laurent and attend her first Met Gala.
Year after year, music and lifestyle billionaire Rihanna turns the Met Gala into her own personal runway. Last year, she stunned in this all-black look "reppin' for the immigrants," courtesy of Balenciaga.
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