Kim Kardashian Wore Marilyn Monroe to the 2022 Met Gala—and the Costume Drama Didn’t End There

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The 2022 Met Gala was themed around “Gilded Glamour,” and as the evening unfolded we saw it doing so in the spirit of every Met Gala: some people getting the theme and following the invite, some tinkering with it cleverly, and some people doing what the hell they like. Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe’s “Mr President” dress was a matchless nod to American fashion and pop culture history. Vanessa Hudgens in stunning black channeled the Gilded Age more literally (with a twist). Host Blake Lively was in Atelier Versace with a panel that, when removed, transformed her into her idea of the Statue of Liberty. Cardi B and Emily Ratajkowski just, well, went for it.

Frankly, in these testing times, who gives a fig whether any of them got the memo? The rich and famous dressed up crazily, the public had Pringles, wine, and endless snark at their disposal. Everybody won.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kim Kardashian (pictured with partner Pete Davidson) is a tryhard in the best sense—a fashion chameleon constantly striving for the look that’ll cement her in the hearts and minds of snobs and stans alike. For the 2022 Met Gala, she proved she didn’t need Kanye’s styling tips when she showed up in Marilyn Monroe’s original, infamous “Happy birthday Mr. President” dress by Bob Mackie. In a word? Iconic.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Kim Kardashian (pictured with partner Pete Davidson) is a tryhard in the best sense—a fashion chameleon constantly striving for the look that’ll cement her in the hearts and minds of snobs and stans alike. For the 2022 Met Gala, she proved she didn’t need Kanye’s styling tips when she showed up in Marilyn Monroe’s original, infamous “Happy birthday Mr. President” dress by Bob Mackie. In a word? Iconic.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner. Invited to her first-ever Met Gala, Khloe played it safe in shimmery gold gown. In contrast, little sister Kylie wore an OFF-WHITE wedding dress and white baseball cap in homage to the late Virgil Abloh. Kourtney wore Thom Browne.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner. Invited to her first-ever Met Gala, Khloe played it safe in shimmery gold gown. In contrast, little sister Kylie wore an OFF-WHITE wedding dress and white baseball cap in homage to the late Virgil Abloh. Kourtney wore Thom Browne.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Carrying on her tradition of opting for stark black and white on the Met carpet, Janelle Monáe’s beaded gown by Ralph Lauren includes a head-hugging cap reminiscent of bathing beauty Esther Williams.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Carrying on her tradition of opting for stark black and white on the Met carpet, Janelle Monáe’s beaded gown by Ralph Lauren includes a head-hugging cap reminiscent of bathing beauty Esther Williams.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kaia Gerber’s slinky, silver Alexander McQueen dress evokes the flapper era more than the Gilded Age, but we’ll give her a pass. Gerber also unfurled her tresses for the occasion, restraining her unfettered brown locks only with two bejeweled clips.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Kaia Gerber’s slinky, silver Alexander McQueen dress evokes the flapper era more than the Gilded Age, but we’ll give her a pass. Gerber also unfurled her tresses for the occasion, restraining her unfettered brown locks only with two bejeweled clips.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Ever the literalist, none other than Hillary Clinton showed up in a crimson Joseph Altuzarra gown embroidered with the names of other much-admired women, Abigail Adams and Harriet Tubman among them.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Ever the literalist, none other than Hillary Clinton showed up in a crimson Joseph Altuzarra gown embroidered with the names of other much-admired women, Abigail Adams and Harriet Tubman among them.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>God, Sarah Jessica Parker is so refreshing. The huge bustle screams Gilded Age but the checkered pattern is thoroughly modern, and she tops off the Christopher John Rogers confection with a feathered hat that’d fit right in at the Vanderbilt Ball.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

God, Sarah Jessica Parker is so refreshing. The huge bustle screams Gilded Age but the checkered pattern is thoroughly modern, and she tops off the Christopher John Rogers confection with a feathered hat that’d fit right in at the Vanderbilt Ball.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Glenn Close is resplendent in pink.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Glenn Close is resplendent in pink.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Billie Eilish has been going through notable sartorial phases lately; a recent lingerie update cast her as a 21st century Marilyn Monroe type. For the Gala, Eilish stuck to the theme (THANK YOU) and procured a corseted Gucci dress with lacy green sleeves and a punky black choker. It rules.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Billie Eilish has been going through notable sartorial phases lately; a recent lingerie update cast her as a 21st century Marilyn Monroe type. For the Gala, Eilish stuck to the theme (THANK YOU) and procured a corseted Gucci dress with lacy green sleeves and a punky black choker. It rules.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Hailey Bieber looks simple and chic in a white Saint Laurent number but would look more appropriate in a magazine spread than the Met Gala.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Hailey Bieber looks simple and chic in a white Saint Laurent number but would look more appropriate in a magazine spread than the Met Gala.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Gigi Hadid.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Gigi Hadid.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Addison Rae.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Addison Rae.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Emily Ratajkowski opted for Versace. Her look is beaded, scattered, and a bit all over the place, although she’s so stunning it hardly matters.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Emily Ratajkowski opted for Versace. Her look is beaded, scattered, and a bit all over the place, although she’s so stunning it hardly matters.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Jasmine Tookes.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Jasmine Tookes.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kris Jenner.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Kris Jenner.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kate Moss, eternally glamorous and never required to be on trend, arrived decked out in a double-breasted, off-the-shoulder black gown by Burberry.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Kate Moss, eternally glamorous and never required to be on trend, arrived decked out in a double-breasted, off-the-shoulder black gown by Burberry.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Shalom Harlow.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Shalom Harlow.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Miranda Kerr.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Miranda Kerr.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Maisie Williams.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Maisie Williams.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Normani.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Normani.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>SZA.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

SZA.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Tessa Thompson is bringing it in cotton candy pink tutu tulle by Carolina Herrera, accented with thigh high velvet pink boots.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Tessa Thompson is bringing it in cotton candy pink tutu tulle by Carolina Herrera, accented with thigh high velvet pink boots.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Jessica Chastain, newly minted Oscar winner, is resplendent in blood red bejeweled Gucci with a matching turban. Norma Desmond, 2022.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Jessica Chastain, newly minted Oscar winner, is resplendent in blood red bejeweled Gucci with a matching turban. Norma Desmond, 2022.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lizzo.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Lizzo.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Naomi Campbell.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Naomi Campbell.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Ariana DeBose.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Ariana DeBose.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele (allegedly), Dakota Johnson, and Jared Leto (allegedly), wearing the outfit Michele designed for him.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele (allegedly), Dakota Johnson, and Jared Leto (allegedly), wearing the outfit Michele designed for him.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lily Allen and David Harbour.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Lily Allen and David Harbour.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Questlove.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Questlove.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Katy Perry.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Katy Perry.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Simone Ashley.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Simone Ashley.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Irina Shayk.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Irina Shayk.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Maisie Williams.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Maisie Williams.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lily Aldridge.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Lily Aldridge.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Awkwafina.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Awkwafina.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Christine Baranski.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Christine Baranski.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Elon Musk and Maye Musk.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Elon Musk and Maye Musk.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Erykah Badu.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Theo Wargo/Getty</div>

Erykah Badu.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Danai Gurira.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Danai Gurira.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Gwen Stefani.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Gwen Stefani.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Imaan Hammam.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Imaan Hammam.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Karlie Kloss.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Karlie Kloss.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>

Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Taylor Hill.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">ANGELA, WEISS/Getty</div>

Taylor Hill.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Bad Bunny.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Bad Bunny.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Cardi B, perhaps predictably, focused on the Gilded in Gilded Age and arrived decked out in solid gold Versace.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Cardi B, perhaps predictably, focused on the Gilded in Gilded Age and arrived decked out in solid gold Versace.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Brooklyn Peltz-Beckham and Nicola Peltz-Beckham.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Brooklyn Peltz-Beckham and Nicola Peltz-Beckham.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Chloe Bailey.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Chloe Bailey.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lena Waithe.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Lena Waithe.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lucy Boynton.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Lucy Boynton.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lena Waithe.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Lena Waithe.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Sabrina Carpenter.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Cindy Ord/MG22/Getty</div>

Sabrina Carpenter.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lily James.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Arturo Holmes/MG22/Getty</div>

Lily James.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Megan Thee Stallion.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Megan Thee Stallion.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>MJ Rodriguez.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Cindy Ord/MG22/Getty</div>

MJ Rodriguez.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Nicki Minaj.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Theo Wargo/Getty</div>

Nicki Minaj.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Carey Mulligan, always tasteful, true to herself, and never over the top, looks luminescent in a black and gold Schiaparelli gown.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Carey Mulligan, always tasteful, true to herself, and never over the top, looks luminescent in a black and gold Schiaparelli gown.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Mayor Eric Adams and partner Tracey Collins; he with a message on his jacket. No one would disagree, so one hopes he read it himself as he is, ummm, the mayor of New York.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>

Mayor Eric Adams and partner Tracey Collins; he with a message on his jacket. No one would disagree, so one hopes he read it himself as he is, ummm, the mayor of New York.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Winnie Harlow in Iris van Herpen.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Winnie Harlow in Iris van Herpen.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Emma Stone.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Emma Stone.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Ashton Sanders.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Ashton Sanders.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Caroline Trentini.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Caroline Trentini.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Evan Mock.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Evan Mock.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Sebastian Stan.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Sebastian Stan.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Camila Cabello.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Camila Cabello.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Michelle Yeoh.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Michelle Yeoh.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Ashley Park.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Ashley Park.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Mindy Kaling.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Cindy Ord/MG22/Getty</div>

Mindy Kaling.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Louisa Jacobson.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Louisa Jacobson.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Gemma Chan.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Gemma Chan.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Claire Danes.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Claire Danes.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Cynthia Erivo.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Cynthia Erivo.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Quannah Chasinghorse.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Quannah Chasinghorse.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Pregnant with her second child, <i>Game of Thrones</i> alum Sophie Turner looks witchy and alluring in a beaded black long-sleeved Louis Vuitton gown. Joe Jonas, also in Louis Vuitton, looks like he’s doing B-Harry Styles cosplay.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Arturo Holmes/MG22/Getty</div>

Pregnant with her second child, Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner looks witchy and alluring in a beaded black long-sleeved Louis Vuitton gown. Joe Jonas, also in Louis Vuitton, looks like he’s doing B-Harry Styles cosplay.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Chloe Fineman.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Arturo Holmes/MG22/Getty</div>

Chloe Fineman.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Paloma Elsesser.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Paloma Elsesser.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Rachel Brosnahan and Joseph Altuzarra.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Rachel Brosnahan and Joseph Altuzarra.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Julianne Moore.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Julianne Moore.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Huma Abedin.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Huma Abedin.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>A day ahead of the release of <i>Anna</i>, Amy Odell’s forthcoming unauthorized biography on <i>Vogue</i>’s grande dame, Anna Wintour, the legendary editor herself arrived at the Met clad in armor of sorts: a feathered, bejeweled Chanel haute couture cape and skirt by Virginie Viard.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

A day ahead of the release of Anna, Amy Odell’s forthcoming unauthorized biography on Vogue’s grande dame, Anna Wintour, the legendary editor herself arrived at the Met clad in armor of sorts: a feathered, bejeweled Chanel haute couture cape and skirt by Virginie Viard.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Paloma Elsesser.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Paloma Elsesser.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Nyjah Huston.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Nyjah Huston.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Fredrik Robertsson, or “Jared Leto,” as he was mistakenly identified by multiple media outlets, before the real Leto turned up—allegedly—dressed exactly the same as the designer of his outfit!</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Fredrik Robertsson, or “Jared Leto,” as he was mistakenly identified by multiple media outlets, before the real Leto turned up—allegedly—dressed exactly the same as the designer of his outfit!

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>In caped Ralph Lauren, Alicia Keys pays homage to the New York City skyline, a look that is in itself an homage to her most famous banger.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

In caped Ralph Lauren, Alicia Keys pays homage to the New York City skyline, a look that is in itself an homage to her most famous banger.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Amber Valletta and Charlotte Tilbury.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Amber Valletta and Charlotte Tilbury.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Vanessa Hudgens, one of the gala’s co-hosts, took the lead on the red carpet in a sheer, striking, black Moschino gown complete with lingerie-like accents and period-appropriate voluminous cap sleeves.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Vanessa Hudgens, one of the gala’s co-hosts, took the lead on the red carpet in a sheer, striking, black Moschino gown complete with lingerie-like accents and period-appropriate voluminous cap sleeves.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Chloe Grace Moretz.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Chloe Grace Moretz.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Venus Williams.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Venus Williams.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Emma Chamberlain, YouTube’s favorite low-key, mise-en-scène queen, went rogue in a Louis Vuitton ensemble including a tan, fluttery crop top and sharp white fitted skirt.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Emma Chamberlain, YouTube’s favorite low-key, mise-en-scène queen, went rogue in a Louis Vuitton ensemble including a tan, fluttery crop top and sharp white fitted skirt.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Renate Reinsve.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Renate Reinsve.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Isabelle Boemeke.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Isabelle Boemeke.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Blake Lively (with husband Ryan Reynolds) always looks best when she leans into the maximalist appeal of her crowd-pleasing beauty and golden blond hair, and this look is an early highlight. Halfway up the steps, assistants unfurled Lively’s blush rose Atelier Versace bustle to reveal a Tiffany blue train. Her opera gloves changed hues too. <em>Bravissimo</em>!</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Blake Lively (with husband Ryan Reynolds) always looks best when she leans into the maximalist appeal of her crowd-pleasing beauty and golden blond hair, and this look is an early highlight. Halfway up the steps, assistants unfurled Lively’s blush rose Atelier Versace bustle to reveal a Tiffany blue train. Her opera gloves changed hues too. Bravissimo!

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Caroline Wozniacki.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer</div>

Caroline Wozniacki.

John Shearer
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Shawn Mendes rocks a red and navy double-breasted Tommy Hilfiger coat complete with gold buttons, looking every inch the suave courtier.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Shawn Mendes rocks a red and navy double-breasted Tommy Hilfiger coat complete with gold buttons, looking every inch the suave courtier.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Maude Apatow looks gorgeous, but her fringed Miu Miu dress is lacking in daring; the black, off-the-shoulder Old Hollywood confection would do fine on any old red carpet. This is the MET GALA, guys. Get weird or go home!</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Maude Apatow looks gorgeous, but her fringed Miu Miu dress is lacking in daring; the black, off-the-shoulder Old Hollywood confection would do fine on any old red carpet. This is the MET GALA, guys. Get weird or go home!

Jamie McCarthy/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Jon Batiste.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Jon Batiste.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kacey Musgraves.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Kacey Musgraves.

Jeff Kravitz/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>La La Anthony.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

La La Anthony.

Mike Coppola/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Camila Mendes.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Camila Mendes.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Austin Butler.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Austin Butler.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Joan Smalls.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Joan Smalls.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Melissa King.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Melissa King.

Jeff Kravitz/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Priscilla Presley and Baz Luhrmann.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty</div>

Priscilla Presley and Baz Luhrmann.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Vanessa Nadal and Lin Manduel Miranda.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Vanessa Nadal and Lin Manduel Miranda.

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<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Hamish Bowles.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Hamish Bowles.

Mike Coppola/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Tom Ford.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola</div>

Tom Ford.

Mike Coppola
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Amy Schumer.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Amy Schumer.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Tommy Dorfman is wearing Christopher Kane and had done a practice run on the red carpet to ensure no tripping or falls on the night. And that crown is 300 years old.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Tommy Dorfman is wearing Christopher Kane and had done a practice run on the red carpet to ensure no tripping or falls on the night. And that crown is 300 years old.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Jordan Roth.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Jordan Roth.

Mike Coppola/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Forgoing the Gilded Era-appropriate three-piece suit complete with tails that many other guys have been adopting, LaQuan Smith instead opted for a slick silver jacket and a bow tie complete with a bell; he also designed LaLa Anthony’s look.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Mike Coppola/Getty</div>

Forgoing the Gilded Era-appropriate three-piece suit complete with tails that many other guys have been adopting, LaQuan Smith instead opted for a slick silver jacket and a bow tie complete with a bell; he also designed LaLa Anthony’s look.

Mike Coppola/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Janicza Bravo.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">John Shearer/Getty</div>

Janicza Bravo.

John Shearer/Getty
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Wendi Murdoch.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz</div>

Wendi Murdoch.

Jeff Kravitz
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lisa Love.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</div>

Lisa Love.

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