Last updated: April 28, 2023
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Best of Beauty: Top Celebrity Hair Looks Over The Years at The Met Gala
The 2023 Met Gala is on Monday, May 1, 2023 at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art where today’s biggest celebrities are expected to attend. Even though photography is not allowed inside the event, the Met’s red carpet allows us to watch the most important night in fashion unfold. This year, we’re anticipating celebs like Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid will return to the red carpet, while newcomers like Paris Hilton are expected to make their Met Gala debut. And as excited as we are to see the guests’ take on this year’s theme: Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, we’re even more eager to see what hairstyles the celebrity glam teams come up with.
So while celebrity hairstylists prep their kits and rest up in anticipation of Met Monday, we’re rounding up all of the best Met Gala hair looks in recent years. Ahead, see some of the most memorable styles that’ve graced the Met’s red carpet from celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, JLo, Rihanna and more.
2022: Gilded Glamour
The 2022 Met Gala’s dress code was Gilded Glamour so you can imagine how glamorous the looks were. From sleek and chic to classic Old Hollywood, all celebrities and their stylists brought the glamour. Check out our favorites:
- Cardi B’s hairstylist Tokyo Stylez (@tokyostylez) slayed this ’90s-inspired voluminous updo using TRESemméand Dyson products.
- While Kim Kardashian’s 2022 Met Gala hair might look like a simple slicked-back bun, it’s so much more than that. For her Marilyn Monroe-inspired look (she wore one of Marilyn’s gowns on the red carpet), her stylist Chris Appleton (@chrisapppleton1) took a whopping 14 hours to take her hair from chocolatey brown to platinum blonde. For the transformation Chris used Color Wowand Dyson products to care for and style the hair.
- Alicia Key’s hairstylist Fesa Nu (@hair__poet) gave the songstress bedazzled baby hairs and a long braided ponytail adorned with bedazzled CDs.
- Celebrity hairstylist Shelby Swain(@theshelbyswain) completely embodied the Gilded Glamour dresscode by giving LizzoOld Hollywood glamour finger waves and big voluminous curls using OGX, ghdand Dyson products.
2021: American Independence
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, the Met Gala returned in 2021 with the dress code “American Independence,” and of course, all guests had their own take on the theme. While some celebrities chose to embody major moments in American fashion history, others chose to go the more political route. When it came to the hairstyles, our favorites were bold and full of volume:
- Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimmons (@andrewfitzsimmons) gave Megan Fox clip-on baby bangs and a waist-length wrapped ponytail for the 2021 Met Gala—and it made major headlines and spiked a search of faux fringe. Andrew used all Living Proofproducts to style the look.
- The late celebrity hairstylist Latisha Chong (@iam_thechong) gave Tracee Ellis Ross a blunt, chin-length, angular bob that paid homage to Tracee’s mother, Diana Ross’s “Mahogany” look.
- Gigi Hadid’s stylist Esther Langham (@estherlangham) gave Gigi a sleek half-up style secured with a Prada hair pin and complete with big voluminous waves throughout the length of the hair, while Keith Shore (@keithshore) colorist at Sally Hershberger salon in NYC gave Gigi an auburn red hue.
- Celebrity hairstylist Cesar Ramirez (@cesar4styles) custom colored three (!) wigs for Ciara’s 2021 Met Gala look. Cesar used a range of light golden and cinnamon brown Paul Mitchellcolors to color the trio of wigs to then style into this larger-than-life curly pony.
The 2019 Met Gala’s theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” which meant the dress code called for big, bold, exaggerated looks—and that was definitely reflected in the hairstyles seen on the red carpet. Below are the looks we deemed the best of the 2019 Met Gala.
- Tokyo Stylez laid Kylie Jenner’s lavender, waist-length wig to match her lavender Versace gown—both of which were perfectly camp.
- OK, so we know it’s not technically hair, but JLo’s beaded Versace headpiece was designed to look like hair and that’s good enough for us. It stunned nonetheless and was one of the most talked about looks of 2019. As for the strands underneath? Those were styled and secured by Lorenzo Martin (@hairbylorenzomartin).
- Dua Lipa’s voluminous bouffant hair was styled by Anna Cofone (@annacofone) and was a huge departure from the sleek bob she was rocking at the time.
- Maybe it was the hair or the fact that it was her first Met Gala as a Bieber and she showed up without Mr. Bieber, but Hailey Bieber’s 2019 Met hair by Jen Atkin (@jenatkinhair) was one of the year’s most popular looks. The high pony adorned with a black bow was the perfect juxtaposition to her light pink Alexander Wang gown with peekaboo thong. Mrs. Bieber’s bright blonde strands were done by Ryan Pearl (@ryanpearl23) for Redken.
2018: Heavenly Bodies
The 2018 Met Gala’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” which really showcased all guests’ imaginations with their takes on the dresscode. See below for some of the year’s most popular looks:
- Rihanna always slays the red carpet—so it’s no surprise when she showed up with a very on-theme look. Her hairstylist, Yusef Williams (@yusefhairnyc) used Dyson tools to give her face-framing finger waves. You can read the full breakdown of her look here.
- Anne Hathaway’s good friend, celeb stylist and VirtueCreative Director Adir Abergel (@hairbyadir) created this minimal-yet-adorned French twist for the 2018 Met Gala.
- Cardi B’s Met Gala debut did not disappoint. She wore a Moschino dress, stunning natural texture and a crown embellishment dripping in pearls and gems—and everyone was obsessed. Here’s how her stylist Tokyo Stylez completed the look.
- Ariana Grande hasn’t attended the met since 2018 but she left us with this stunning style by Alyx Liu (@alyxliu)—so that kind of makes up for it. Alyx gave Ariana a knee-length platinum blonde ponytail complete with an angelic on-theme bow.
The 2017 Met Gala’stheme was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” so avant-garde was the name of the dresscode game that year. And needless to say, the looks were stunning. The year saw a mix of sleek and voluminous styles but all were equally gorgeous.
- Zendaya stepped out onto the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum with a larger-than-life, Diana Ross-inspired, textured fro. And the internet. went. nuts.
- Cara Delevingne’s silver strands were done using silver paint and rhinestones, complete with a painted-on, asymmetrical side part.
- Rita Ora showed up with a totally avant-garde, graphic look that took THREE DAYS to put together! According to her stylist, Cesar Ramirez, the style was created using a combination of Indique hair wefts, Mizani Foam Wrap lotion, Mizani Twist and Coil Jelly and Mizani HRM Humidity Resistant Mist.
- Kate Hudson’s transition from her natural golden locks to an icy white (courtesy of colorist Sharon Krause (sharondorramkaruse)) was already a drastic change. But stylist Peter Gray (@petergrayhair) took it one step further, styling her hair into a stark, structured topknot—‘twas a cool departure from Kate’s usual relaxed, Boho vibe.
2016: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Celebrities graced the 2016 Met Gala’s red carpet rocking looks inspired by the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”—and not one disappointed.
- Ciara’s hairstylist Cesar Ramirez created a metallic silver finger wave look on the singer and we still can’t get over them. Cesar used Mizani products to style the waves and noted “For Ciara’s look I really wanted to play up the futuristic theme of ‘Manus x Machina,’ while still keeping a soft and sexy feel.”
- Zendaya’s Met Gala looks never ever fail. In 2016 celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen (@ursulastephen) created this sleek, dare we say—bowl cut—bob for one of the most memorable hairstyles from that year.
2015: Chinese White Tie
In 2015, Met Gala goers followed a “Chinese white tie” dresscode to tie in with the exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass.” And as per usual, each celebrity (and their glam team’s) take on the theme had the internet obsessed.
- Beyoncé’s blonde ponytail from the 2015 Met is still talked about today. The sky-high pony had a slicked back base, and big curls a la I Dream of Jeannie.
- You might remember Rihanna’s staircase-long yellow gown from that year? Well, her hair and makeup were equally as memorable as her stylist Yusef gave Rihanna’s auburn red bob flipped out ends and topped the look off with a gold bejeweled head piece and her makeup artist Mylah Morales (@mylahmorales) gave her a stunning bronze look.
- Like Rihanna, Zendaya opted for a gold head piece to hold back her waist-length waves and looked stunning as ever.
For step-by-step guides to recreating this year’s Met Gala’s looks, click here.
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- 1996: Princess Diana in Dior. ...
- 1999: André Leon Talley in Gucci and Anna Wintour in John Galliano Couture. ...
- 2005: Karolína Kurková in Viktor & Rolf. ...
- 2009: Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs. ...
- 2014: Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture.
While Wintour has final say over every attendee's attire, their loos technically do not have to be approved by the Vogue EIC (though she is aware of everything that gets to walk the famous carpet). "Each celebrity has been chosen to wear a gown by a designer.Who wore the most expensive outfit at the Met Gala? ›
It has been reported that the most expensive dress ever worn at the Met Gala was Marilyn Monroe's golden gown. Six decades after Monroe wore this famous outfit, Kim Kardashian decided to pay tribute to the late singer by putting it on at Met Gala 2022.Do celebrities pick their Met Gala looks? ›
Who Picks the Outfits. While Wintour has final say over every attendee's attire, their loos technically do not have to be approved by the Vogue EIC (though she is aware of everything that gets to walk the famous carpet). "Each celebrity has been chosen to wear a gown by a designer.Do celebrities pay for what they wear in Met Gala? ›
Celebrities work directly with designers to create their looks (or pull from archives), so nope: No one is forking over a buncha money for couture. They're fully just out here wearing it for free!Do celebrities keep their Met Gala dresses? ›
Most of the times, the expensive outfits that are loaned to the celebrities are given back to the designers, as the clothes do not fetch anything more beyond the event. Many celebrity stylists who have worked with several stars have mentioned that there is a budget, which is set while making the designer outfit.Do celebs pay for Met Gala outfits? ›
Important to note that celebrity attendees generally don't pay for their own ticket, with entry costs and costumes financed by major fashion houses. All the money from Met Gala tickets are then donated to the Costume Institute, as a self-funded department of the museum.How much did Kim pay for her Met Gala dress? ›
On the Met Gala red carpet, Kardashian wore the $5 million dress Monroe wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to President John F.Who chooses Met Gala outfits? ›
Who decides the theme? Some 400 guests are expected to attend the 2023 Met Gala, dressing to honor the theme decided by the Costume Institute's chief curator, Andrew Bolton. (The theme is then presented to the museum's director and president, before it's ultimately approved.)What is the most expensive dress in the world history? ›
One such dress is the "Diamond Wedding Dress" designed by Renee Strauss and Martin Katz. This dress is adorned with 150 carats of diamonds and took over 1,000 hours to create. The estimated value of the dress is around $12 million, which makes it one of the most expensive dresses ever created.
The entire cast of "Friends" have never made Met Gala red-carpet appearances. Somehow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry have never attended the event.Who broke the Met Gala rule? ›
Irina Shayk Broke One Of Karl Lagerfeld's Cardinal Fashion Rules At The Met Gala After-Party.How much is a seat at the Met Gala? ›
Seemingly due to inflation, the Met Gala saw a major price increase this year. According to Page Six, the cost of an individual ticket jumped from $30,000 to $50,000 for the 2023 event.Can anyone buy a ticket to the Met Gala? ›
So, can anyone who can afford a ticket go? Unfortunately not. Unlike other charity events, the Met Gala is invitation only and there is a waiting list to get a ticket. According to The New York Times, invitations are typically based on a person's status.Do celebrities get to keep their clothes? ›
BUT, that's usually hardly ever true. Even if they can afford it, mostly all celebrities and influencers have their clothes sourced by their stylists or styling team. Sourcing essentially means that they are given only for a particular event or appearance, not for keeping forever. They too, have to return it.Do celebrities pay for their dresses? ›
Meanwhile, they also have a backup outfit in case of emergency. It has to be noted that the actresses do not pay for their dresses, as famous designers such as Dior, Versace or Armani are willing to pay for them themselves.Who starved themselves to fit in Met Gala dress? ›
Kardashian spoke to Vogue at the Met Gala about the extreme lengths she went to fit into Monroe's dress, saying, “It was such a challenge. It was like a [movie] role. I was determined to fit [into] it. I haven't had carbs or sugar in about three weeks.Where does Met Gala money go? ›
The Met Gala or Met Ball, formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, is an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City.What food is served at the Met Gala? ›
Food Served At Met Gala 2022
The 2022 Met Gala food menu included cocktails, rice cakes topped with collard greens and cucumber salsa, truffled potato bites, and coconut ceviche.
On May 6th, 2019, Billie Eilish made history as the youngest person to ever attend the Met Gala. At just 17 years old, Eilish was the youngest person to ever be offered the coveted gig. The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City.
Not only was Johnny the most-mentioned man by far—racking up over 240,000 mentions, compared to second most-mentioned man Ryan Reynolds' 48,000—but he was also the most-mentioned star overall.Who is the queen of the Met Gala? ›
Rihanna Brings the Drama, Albeit Fashionably Late, to the 2023 Met Gala. It's a fact universally acknowledged that Rihanna is the undisputed queen of the Met Gala.Who chooses outfit at Met Gala? ›
It's up to Anna Wintour. The Vogue editor doesn't not only approves every single person on the guest list, but she also picks the seating charts and everyone's outfits.Who was the woman dressed like a cat at the Met Gala? ›
"Meow, meow, meow." While dressed as designer Karl Lagerfeld's cat, Choupette, rapper Doja Cat gave an entire interview at the 2023 Met Gala using only one word: "Meow."Who was the most talked about person at the Met Gala 2023? ›
Anne was, by far, the most talked about celebrity who walked the red carpet. The conversation around her appearance was impressively positive, with 74% of emotion-categorized mentions about Hathaway showing joy. Doja Cat followed Anne as the second-most discussed celeb.How do you get invited to the Met Gala? ›
Unlike other charity events, the Met Gala is invitation only and there is a waiting list to get a ticket. According to The New York Times, invitations are typically based on a person's status.Was Kylie Jenner not invited to the Met Gala? ›
However, a report from Page Six in March claimed that the reality stars have not received an invitation to the 2023 Met Gala, whose theme this year is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”. Notably, Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner all walked the Met Gala carpet this year.Who was not invited to the met 2023? ›
The Met Gala's RSVP list is always decked out with big names and we're happy to see a slew of red carpet favorites make their return to the fabulous event, but one of Hollywood's most famous siblings didn't make an appearance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — Khloé Kardashian surprisingly did not attend the 2023 Met ...Why is Met Gala so private? ›
Why is the Met Gala so secretive? Celebrities who go to the Met Gala are banned from taking any social media photos from inside the event. The rule apparently came into play because as it was, guests were spending too much time on their phones and not being present for the high-brow evening.Who held the first Met Gala? ›
A prominent fashion publicist named Lambert established the Met Gala in 1948. It was done in order to raise funds for the Costume Institute. It was supposed to also start a yearly exhibition and celebrate fashion in general.
For a few moments, fans confused the 50-year-old actor with a “fabulous mystery man” wearing head-to-toe silver. However, it later was revealed to be Fredrik Robertsson, who calls himself “CREATIVE DICTATOR” and “FASHION ADDICT” on Instagram.Who was golden at the Met Gala? ›
Inside Cara Delevingne's Golden Met Gala Look, from Body Paint to Screen-Star Hair. In a red-carpet reveal, the model and actor showed off a gold-painted torso, taking the “Gilded Glamour” theme to its maximalist, statuesque conclusion.