Do you remember the time Katy Perry wore a real-life chandelier? Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker wore a piece of Oscar de la Renta art? Or perhaps when Diana, Princess of Wales, who stole the show in 1996 wearing a Galliano for Dior gown? With too many memories shared, consider this is your definitive recap of the iconic fashion moments that defined the world’s most powerful red carpet in years gone by.
Diana, Princess of Wales, in Dior (1996)
Just three months after her divorce from Prince Charles, Princess Diana made her one and only appearance at the Met Gala in 1996. The 1996 Gala honoured the legacy of Christian Dior, and naturally John Galliano (Creative Director of Dior) himself was on hand to escort the Princess of Wales around the Met, alongside former British Vogue editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis.
Rihanna in Guo Pei (2015)
One of a kind. Rhianna stole the 2015 show with custom gown and cape from Chinese couturier Guo Pei. The 16-foot number weighed in at 25kg, which took more than two years to create and has become socially meme-worthy since its debut. Without a doubt, the designer became a global sensation before the sun set on 2015’s first Monday in May.
Jackie Onassis in Valentino (1979)
Jackie’s 1979 Met Gala look would make today’s red-carpet minimalists proud. The un-flashy elegant gown and capelet by Valentino is always one to remember and perfectly suited the Hapsburg Era-themed gala in 1979. The look was kept simple with a jewellery-free décolletage.
Katy Perry in Moschino (2019)
Lighting up the red carpet, literally! Katy Perry stole the 2019 ‘Camp’ theme wearing a custom Moschino chandelier dress by Jeremy Scott. The dress featured a built-in corset with two hidden battery packs to illuminate the chandelier’s lights, lighting up the ‘Fireworks’ singer. Scott, told Vogue, “Who has ever been to a ball that did not have a chandelier?!” Quite right!
Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta (2014)
It wouldn’t be a Met Gala round up if this Sarah Jessica Parker image wasn’t featured. The sweeping Oscar de la Renta gown Parker wore to the 2014 Met Gala, honoured Anglo-American couturier Charles James and was a ‘labour of love to design and build. Did you know, the dress’s black trellis motif featured de la Renta’s signature in scarlet embroidery, ‘sealing’ the eternal friendship of the designer and the muse?