The most magical Monday in May: relive the best moments from the 2024 Met Gala

It’s one of the most exciting red carpet-moments of the year. This time, the red carpet turned green according to the theme “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” and its dress code, the Garden of Time, a nod to the 1962 J.G. Ballard short story of the same name. 

How do you dress accordingly? The hostess of the night, Condé Nast Chief Content Officer and EIC of American Vogue, Anna Wintour chose a white column dress styled with a long black coat adorned with hand-stitched tulips made of feathers. And by doing so she broke her own rule of never being dressed in black - well, as they say, rules are meant to be broken. Anna’s look was signed Loewe, who became one of the main sponsors of this year’s exhibition. Loewe rooster of celebrities also included the “Challengers” cast Mike Faist, Josh O’Connor and director Luca Guadegnino, pop superstar Ariana Grande, and new fashion royalties faithful to the brand - think Greta Lee, Taylor Russell and Ayo Edebiri. 

Many chose to sparkle on the runway in bespoke pieces. Kylie Minogue appeared in a custom Diesel look by Glenn Martens, embellished with thousands of crystals, - a first for both the brand and the designer on the Met runway. While Lana Del Rey wore a made-to-measure Alexander McQueen silhouette by Sean McGirr (also a debut for the designer). Kim Kardashian stepped out to the Met in a silver Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano dress with a corset and a grey bolero cardigan. Tayla stunned the public in a sand ball gown crafted by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Jennifer Lopez marched the Met’s steps in Schiaparelli couture and Gigi Hadid in Thom Browne. Then, there was Giovanna Engelbert’s Swarovski squad. Irina Shayk, Karlie Kloss, Anok Yai, Imaan Hammam, and Giovanna herself, all impeccably dressed in couture silhouettes, shining bright with Swarovski crystals. Each one had a bespoke afterparty look, as well. 

But the real winners of the night were those who chose to play with the fashion archives. Kendall Jenner, for instance, chose a little black column dress from Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 1999 couture collection for Givenchy. Zendaya graced the steps of Met in a Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano creation, which was based on his iconic design for Dior Couture Spring/Summer 1998 catwalk. Later, she reappeared on the red carpet, wearing a black ball gown from John Galliano's Givenchy era aka 1996, that she paired with a bouquet of flowers on her head, also from the archives - Philip Treacy designed it for Alexander McQueen back in 2006.

 Take a walk behind the scenes and find out more about this year’s Met Gala in our video.

Text: Lidia Ageyeva