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Met Gala 2024: The most daring, dazzling and outrageous red carpet looks

It’s fashion’s biggest night, as Hollywood’s most sartorially savvy stars descend on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for this year’s Met Gala.

The theme of this year’s annual fundraiser, “The Garden of Time,” is inspired by a short story of the same name, written by J.G. Ballard in 1962. Fashion’s elite applauded the theme, saying it’s wide open to interpretation and onlookers were treated to plenty of florals, pastel and vintage pieces.

The Met Gala, held annually on the first Monday in May, is a soirée to raise money for the Costume Institute, the museum’s collection of fashion objects. Each year a different theme honours a designer, style or look.

This year’s museum exhibit, which the stars will tour Monday evening, is called Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion. But we’re not talking fairy tales or Disney princesses.

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It includes 250 items from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection, including some garments very rarely seen in public and so fragile they need to be under glass. Curators wanted to engage all the senses, including that of smell. They even worked with a “smell artist” — and there’s a garment that actually grows. Part of the idea is to pay tribute to the natural world.

Aside from the red carpet, which attracts attention worldwide, it’s an event shrouded in secrecy. Once invitees head inside, there are strict rules around cellphones and social media, which adds to the allure; the public gets minimal glimpses of what really transpires among the A-listers who attend.

Anna Wintour, a Met trustee for whom part of the institute has been renamed, organizes the whole shebang. And this year she’s invited a notable list of co-chairs, including Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and Chris Hemsworth.

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The real fun of the Met Gala, at least for non-attendees, is judging the fashion of all of Hollywood’s biggest celebs. So, let’s do just that. Keep scrolling for a roundup of some of the most fun, elegant and outrageous looks of the night.

Jennifer Lopez


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Zendaya


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Luciana Damon and Matt Damon


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Emma Chamberlain


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Anna Wintour


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Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky


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Ayo Edebiri


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Dan Levy


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Bad Bunny


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Mindy Kaling


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Greta Gerwig


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Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin


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Taylor Russell


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Uma Thurman


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Jack Harlow


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Olivier Rousteing


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La La Anthony


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Emily Ratajkowski


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Gustav Magnar


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Colman Domingo


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Lana Del Rey


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Gayle King


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Amy Fine Collins


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Cole Escola


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Lea Michele


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Alex Sharp


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Jamie Singer Soros and Robert Soros


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Alton Mason


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Sarah Jessica Parker


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Rita Ora


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Georgina Chapman


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Riley Keough


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Kylie Minogue


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Grace Murdoch and Wendi Murdoch


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Dove Cameron


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Gwendoline Christie


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Aurora James


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Jessica Biel


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Wisdom Kaye


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Eva Chen


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Teyana Taylor


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Hamish Bowles


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Charli XCX


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Allison Williams


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Eiza González Rivera


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Rachel Zegler


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Jessica Serfaty


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Lily James and Erdem Moralıoğlu


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Elizabeth Cordry


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Demi Moore


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Harris Reed


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Lily Gladstone


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Brie Larson


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Amanda Seyfried


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Penélope Cruz


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Lil Nas X


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Kerry Washington


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Nicole Kidman


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Naomi Watts


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Serena Williams


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Queen Latifah


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Lena Waithe


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Karol G


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Keke Palmer


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Elle Fanning


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Kendall Jenner


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Dua Lipa


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Laufey


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Kylie Jenner


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Cynthia Erivo


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Naomi Campbell


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Elizabeth Debicki


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Phoebe Dynevor


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Ariana Grande


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Sarah Paulson


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Da’Vine Joy Randolph


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Hannah Bagshawe


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Jill Kargman


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Ben Simmons


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Maleah Joi Moon


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Alexandra Daddario


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Sam Smith


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Kris Jenner


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Josh O’Connor


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Alison Oliver


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Jeff Goldblum


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Vera Wang and Janelle Monáe


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Zendaya


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Camila Cabello


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Quannah Chasinghorse


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Cardi B


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Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne


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Shakira


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Erykah Badu


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Talia Ryder


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Odell Beckham Jr.


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Pamela Anderson


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Meg Ryan


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Venus Williams


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Amelia Gray Hamlin


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Kim Kardashian


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Cara Delevingne


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Rebecca Hall


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Sabrina Harrison


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Madelyn Cline


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Adrienne Adams


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Ambika Mod


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Harrison Ghee


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Jamie Dornan


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Samantha Berry


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Donald Glover


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Tyla


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Willy Chavarria and Marc Metrick


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Jordan Roth


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Emma Mackey, Zoe Saldana, Chemena Kamali, Sienna Miller and Greta Gerwig


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Tory Burch


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Barry Keoghan


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Michelle Williams


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FKA Twigs


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Hanani Taylor


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Kelsea Ballerini


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Doja Cat


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Willow Smith


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Camila Morrone


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Jennie Kim


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Demi Lovato


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Nicki Minaj


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Jaden Smith


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Kieran Culkin and Jazz Charton


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Michelle Yeoh


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Jeremy Pope


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Amanda Gorman


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Lizzo


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Anok Yai


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Chloë Sevigny


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Karlie Kloss


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Kaia Gerber


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Irina Shayk


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Stefon Diggs


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Gabrielle Union


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Sydney Sweeney


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