Kim Kardashian has always been a standout on the Met Gala red carpet, with her daring fashion choices. From the iconic “wet dress” designed by Thierry Mugler to her Marilyn Monroe-inspired gown, let’s reminisce about some of her most memorable outfits over the years.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate Kim Kardashian’s stunning Givenchy dress from the 2013 Met Gala. The photo, captured by Getty Images, shows off the intricate detailing and sheer elegance of the gown. It’s no wonder why this look still remains iconic in fashion history.
In 2013, Kim Kardashian made her first appearance at the Met Gala while she was pregnant with her daughter North West. She donned a custom-made floral printed jersey dress by Givenchy designed by Riccardo Tisci. The dress featured grommet details and perfectly matched gloves and shoes. Her partner at the time, Kanye West, wore a simple yet chic suit also by Givenchy designed by Tisci. The following year, she made heads turn in a Lanvin dress at the Met Gala 2014.
In the subsequent year, Kardashian and West took inspiration from old Hollywood glamour as they honored fashion designer Charles James. Kanye opted for a classic black tuxedo with tails while Kim sported a stunning blue strapless gown by Lanvin with a black waistband and thigh-high slit. Moving on to the 2015 Met Gala, Kim Kardashian dazzled in a Roberto Cavalli dress.
Back in 2015, Kim Kardashian stunned in a sheer crystal-embroidered Roberto Cavalli gown with feather detailing. She revealed on Instagram that her inspiration for the stunning dress was none other than pop icon Cher at the first-ever Met Gala. Kim even had the chance to meet Cher and show her the photo that inspired her outfit. Fast forward to 2016, and Kim once again turned heads at the Met Gala, this time wearing a dazzling silver Balmain dress.
During the 2016 Met Gala, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made a bold statement with their matching silver outfits that quickly became viral memes. The duo’s look was inspired by the theme Manus x Machina, where West wore ripped jeans, a studded jacket, and colored contacts while Kardashian donned a custom Balmain ensemble that she described as “blingy, sexy, robot.” Fast forward to the 2017 Met Gala, and Kardashian stole the show once again in a stunning Vivienne Westwood dress that left everyone in awe.
Kim Kardashian opted for a minimalist look at the 2017 Met Gala, wearing an elegant off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood Couture corset dress and minimal jewelry. This choice was influenced by her recent traumatic ordeal where she was a victim of robbery in Paris. In fact, she had told Ellen DeGeneres that she was unsure if she could wear real jewelry again. Thus, for the 2017 Met Gala, she avoided statement diamonds altogether.
Kim Kardashian rocked the 2019 Met Gala with her stunning ’90s-inspired look. She wore a custom-made Versace dress that featured chainmail and embroidered crosses, perfectly fitting the night’s theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The dress hugged her curves beautifully, making her look like a goddess. She completed the look with double cross necklaces, long extensions, and dramatic Cleopatra-style makeup, featuring a smoky blue cat eye and over-lined lips. It was definitely one of the most iconic looks of the night.
Kim Kardashian turned heads at the 2019 Met Gala with her custom Thierry Mugler dress, which was designed to showcase her as a California girl emerging from the ocean. The dress also included a stunning corset created by Mr Pearl, although Kardashian admitted that it was difficult to breathe while wearing it. In fact, the corset left indentations on her skin and caused significant pain. Kardashian completed her look with wet hair, shimmering makeup, and water droplets on her nails.
Kim Kardashian made a splash at the 2021 Met Gala afterparty, taking inspiration from the event’s theme “Camp: Notes on Fashion” and donning a form-fitting Thierry Mugler ensemble that gave off major mermaid vibes. The outfit featured a deep neckline and shiny silver fringe accents that added to its aquatic allure. Kardashian paired the look with matching go-go boots, blue-green nails, glittery eye makeup, and a silver fringe wig that paid homage to Cher. It was definitely a bold choice that turned heads and had everyone talking.
Kim Kardashian made a bold fashion statement at the 2021 Met Gala by wearing an all-black Balenciaga ensemble that covered her entire body. Her custom outfit included a long-sleeve turtleneck bodysuit, an oversized T-shirt dress with a long pleated train, jersey boots, gloves, and a mask that concealed her face and head. Despite initially being hesitant to cover her famous face, designer Demna Gvasalia convinced her of his vision for the look. Sources describe the outfit as a new subculture and fashion statement that exudes confidence and pushes creativity and people’s imagination through art, crediting Kanye West for giving her the courage to take risks. In 2022, Kim Kardashian donned a Marilyn Monroe-inspired Jean-Louis dress at the Met Gala.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian caused a stir at the 2022 Met Gala when she stepped out with then-boyfriend Pete Davidson wearing an iconic Marilyn Monroe dress. The dress was the same one worn by the late movie star in 1962 when she serenaded President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden. However, Kardashian faced criticism for her outfit choice, particularly after revealing that she had lost 16 pounds in just three weeks to fit into the dress. She defended her decision, citing instances where actors had undergone physical transformations for their roles. Kardashian also faced backlash for wearing such a historically significant and delicate garment. There were even allegations that the dress was damaged after she wore it, although Ripley’s (where the dress was on display) denied any damage to the gown.