The Met Gala: themes and fashion through the years

Natalie Hanson   |   30 - 04 - 2017

The Met Gala 2017

2004 theme: Dangerous Liaisons

2006 theme: Anglomania – tradition and transgression in British Fashion

2007 theme: Poiret - King of Fashion

2008 theme: Superheroes - Fashion and Fantasy

2009 theme: The Model as muse – embodying fashion

2009 theme: The Model as muse – embodying fashion

2010 theme: American Woman – fashioning a national identity

2010 theme: American Woman – fashioning a national identity

2011 theme: Alexander McQueen - Savage beauty

2011 theme: Alexander McQueen - Savage beauty

2012 theme: Schiaparelli and Prada - Impossible conversations

2012 theme: Schiaparelli and Prada - Impossible conversations

2013 theme: Punk – chaos to couture

2014 theme: Charles James – Beyond Fashion

2015 theme: China – through the looking glass

2015 theme: China – through the looking glass

2015 theme: China – through the looking glass

2016 theme: Manus x Machina – fashion in an age of technology

2016 theme: Manus x Machina – fashion in an age of technology

2016 theme: Manus x Machina – fashion in an age of technology

The Met Gala 2017

One of the most anticipated events on the fashion calendar is upon us, the Met Gala 2017 takes place on 1st May this year. This year, the inspiration behind the gala and accompanying Costume Institute exhibit is Rei Kawakubo, founder and designer of Comme des Garçons (pictured). Other designers honoured in the past have been Alexander McQueen (2011) and Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada (2012). As the attendees always try to impress with their choices and given Kawakubo’s penchant for the unconventional and structured, we should definitely see some fashion boundaries pushed this year! As we wait with anticipation of what’s in store, we’ve taken a look back over the years at some of the amazing themes and designs modelled on the Met Gala red carpet runway…

2004 theme: Dangerous Liaisons

1/20 Scarlett Johannson wears a pale yellow Calvin Klein to complement her skin tone.

2006 theme: Anglomania – tradition and transgression in British Fashion

2/20 Sarah Jessica knows how to dress to a theme with this Alexander McQueen creation complete with tartan.

2007 theme: Poiret - King of Fashion

3/20 Sandra Bullock chooses a perfect colour for her hair and skin tone with this Alberta Ferretti dress.

2008 theme: Superheroes - Fashion and Fantasy

4/20 Anna Wintour nails the superhero theme in futuristic Karl Lagerfeld.

2009 theme: The Model as muse – embodying fashion

5/20 Kate Moss was the muse for Marc Jacobs for the 2009 Gala.

2009 theme: The Model as muse – embodying fashion

6/20 Ashley Olsen looked so chic in this Dolce & Gabbana open back floor-sweeping dress.

2010 theme: American Woman – fashioning a national identity

7/20 Jessica Biel flies the flag for American designers in Ralph Lauren.

2010 theme: American Woman – fashioning a national identity

8/20 Sienna Miller looks sultry yet fun in this ruffled midnight blue Emilio Pucci dress.

2011 theme: Alexander McQueen - Savage beauty

9/20 Dakota Fanning gives her ethereal take on Savage Beauty in this intricately embellished Valentino dress.

2011 theme: Alexander McQueen - Savage beauty

10/20 Jennifer Lopez does a more traditional take on the theme with this fierce Gucci number.

2012 theme: Schiaparelli and Prada - Impossible conversations

11/20 This Prada dress offers a rich dose of luxe colour to the red carpet for Diane Kruger.

2012 theme: Schiaparelli and Prada - Impossible conversations

12/20 It was head to toe metallic for Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe in 2012.

2013 theme: Punk – chaos to couture

13/20 Emma Watson puts a feminine twist on the punk theme in this cut-out piece from Prabal Gurung.

2014 theme: Charles James – Beyond Fashion

14/20 Rihanna shone bright like a diamond in this bright white dress from Stella McCartney.

2015 theme: China – through the looking glass

15/20 Amal Clooney chose a red dress by John Galliano in keeping with the theme of China.

2015 theme: China – through the looking glass

16/20 Kate Hudson in gold Michael Kors, along with the red carpet backdrop was the perfect colour combination for the Chinese theme.

2015 theme: China – through the looking glass

17/20 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley went for sculptural Versace for her red carpet look.

2016 theme: Manus x Machina – fashion in an age of technology

18/20 Claire Danes wore one of the most talked about dresses of the 2016 Met Gala. The Cinderella style ballgown made by Zac Posen containing 30 battery packs and lit up when it got dark!

2016 theme: Manus x Machina – fashion in an age of technology

19/20 Beyoncé is partial to wearing Givenchy at the Met Gala, and last year was no different with this latex creation.

2016 theme: Manus x Machina – fashion in an age of technology

20/20 Margot Robbie kept things sleek and minimal in this white dress by Calvin Klein.