Celebrities' First Met Gala Looks You Probably Forgot About

Everyone remembers their first time at the Met Gala (we’re speaking from assumptions, not experience). It’s quite a huge deal to be invited to the annual benefit for the Costume Institute, be personally dressed by a designer, walk the iconic carpeted steps into one of the biggest—and arguably most mysterious—fashion parties of the year. But in case Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kate Moss have forgotten that special night, we’re here with a little reminder.

In honor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most well-dressed event of the year, we hunted down some of our favorite guests’ first-time looks. Plus, we’ve paired them with recent outfits as well. It’s a testament to not only how personal style can change (see Victoria Beckham swapping early-aughts sparkle for her most signature minimal aesthetic) but also how others evolved into quite the enthusiastic theme-party dresser (i.e., Rihanna in her jaw-dropping Comme des Garçons ensemble from last year).

Keep scrolling to reacquaint yourself with many of the best looks and biggest style evolutions before the first Monday in May.

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Year: 1995

Theme: Haute Couture 

On Gwyneth Paltrow: Calvin Klein

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Gwyneth Paltrow: Calvin Klein by Appointment custom dress

Anna Wintour

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Year: 1988

Theme: From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress 1837–1888 

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Anna Wintour: Chanel dress

Beyoncé

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Year: 2008

Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

On Beyoncé: Armani Privé dress

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Year: 2016

Theme: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

On Beyoncé: Givenchy dress

Blake Lively 

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Year: 2008

Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

On Blake Lively: Ralph Lauren dress

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Blake Lively: Atelier Versace dress 

Rihanna

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Year: 2007

Theme: Poiret: King of Fashion

On Rihanna: Georges Chakra dress

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Rhianna: Comme des Garçons 

Kate Moss

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Year: 1995

Theme: Haute Couture

On Kate Moss: Calvin Klein dress 

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Year: 2008

Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

On Kate Moss: Stella McCartney dress

Victoria Beckham

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Year: 2003

Theme: Goddess: The Classical Mode 

On Victoria Beckham: Dolce & Gabbana

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Year: 2014

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

On Victoria Beckham: Her own design 

 

Gisele Bündchen

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Year: 1999

Theme: Rock Style

On Gisele Bündchen: Versace dress

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Gisele Bündchen: Stella McCartney dress

Jennifer Lopez

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Year: 1999

Theme: Rock Style

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Jennifer Lopez: Valentino dress

Kate Hudson

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Year: 2003

Theme: Goddess: The Classical Mode 

On Kate Hudson: Stella McCartney dress (designer pictured)

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Kate Hudson: Stella McCartney dress

Selena Gomez

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Year: 2014

Theme: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

On Selena Gomez: Diane von Furstenberg dress

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Selena Gomez: Coach custom dress

Naomi Campbell

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Year: 1990

Theme: Théâtre de la Mode—Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture

On Naomi Campbell: Versace jacket and dress

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Naomi Campbell: Alaïa dress

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Year: 1995

Theme: Haute Couture

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Year: 2016

Theme: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

On Sarah Jessica Parker: Monse jacket; SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker heels

Katy Perry

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Year: 2009

Theme: The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion

On Katy Perry: Tommy Hilfiger 

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between Costume Institute Gala

On Katy Perry: Comme des Garçons

Mandy Moore

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Year: 2004

Theme: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century

On Mandy Moore: Proenza Schouler dress

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Mandy Moore: Michael Kors

Kim Kardashian West

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Year: 2013

Theme: Punk: Chaos to Couture

On Kim Kardashian West: Givenchy dress and shoes

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Year: 2017

Theme: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

On Kim Kardashian West: Vivienne Westwood Couture

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.