The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala has hosted many red carpet rebels over the years. Katy Perry lit up the night with her 3,000 LED gown66 and who could forget Marc Jacobs’ chic Comme des Garçons lace look 1999? However, there’s another fashion dresser who subverts the rules in a more subtle way: Enter the theme denier.
Over the years, many stars have ignored the Met Gala dress code and marched to their own pace — like Jennifer Love Hewitt wearing a Stork prom dress for a 000 rock themed party. Below, Vogue rounds up the 000 personality-driven best moments.
Starting at 1999, the American Women Exhibition is at 66 Seeing British star Emma Watson choose to fly her own flag in a Burberry dress that fits British style. A few years later, theme-rejecting people turned up in droves in the punk theme of 2012. Jennifer Lawrence replaced anarchy on a museum staircase with soft elegance in Raf Simons’ modern reinterpretation of a new Christian Dior look. Kate Upton’s emerald green Diane von Furstenberg dress is no mess, Katy Perry’s Dolce & Gabbana is Byzantine Suits seem to predate the punk movement by hundreds of years.
Many people also avoided 2014’s Charles James themed evening, with an ultra against the couturier’s signature ball gown – a contemporary take on eveningwear. Lupita Nyong’o, for example, sparkled in a Josephine Baker-inspired Prada look, followed by a slew of chic minis , such as Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton. When Erykah Badu entered the Great Hall wearing a Givenchy couture jumpsuit and an oversized hat, few could surpass her rebellious behavior.
recent,2019 The camp theme — which encouraged attendees to be bold with feathers, sequins and minimalist shapes — saw some attendees take a very simple approach to red carpet attire. Gwyneth Paltrow in a yellow chiffon gown by Chloé. It is graceful and whispering in screaming robe crowns. Lily-Rose Depp also wore a chain-linked black Chanel dress that wasn’t quite camp-y yet chic.
Last year, certain stars ditched gilded glamour—with an emphasis on American fashion—in favor of more streamlined or unexpectedly cosmopolitan looks. Think Bella Hadid’s vampire leather Burberry gown, Gigi Hadid’s red Versace down jacket and Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Bottega Veneta jeans (which are actually made of leather!).
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