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Traditionally hosted on the first Monday of May and seeing hundreds of A list celebrities attend, The Met Gala will, for the first time ever, be held as a virtual event.

Given that this year was supposed to be the Metropolitan Museum’s 150th anniversary, the theme was titled About Time: Fashion and Duration, and was meant to showcase the journey of fashion from 1870, the year the museum was founded, to present times. The Met Gala is a fundraiser for the annual fashion exhibit curated by the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion department, the Costume Institute, which is the only curatorial department within the museum that has to fund itself. Although the Met Gala may be postponed this year, this is also a chance for the greater public to get a behind the scenes look into the ongoings of it for the first time ever.

The live stream on the Met’s Instagram highlighted some of the most memorable and iconic Met Gala red-carpet looks of all time, featuring stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more. The virtual Met Gala will also provide a glimpse into this year’s Costume Institute exhibition will showcase 120 looks dating back to 1870. Starting with an address by Anna Wintour, the virtual event was followed by a performance by Florence Welsh of Florence and the Machine and a DJ set by Off-White and Louis Vuitton men’s designer Virgil Abloh for the afterparty.

In commemoration of this highly anticipated event, here are some of our favourite looks from past Met Gala’s.

Being the only Royal to ever attend the Met Gala in 1996, Princess Diana chose to don a navy Dior silk slip dress paired with a sapphire and pearl choker.
Karolina Kurkova stunned in a dramatic white Viktor & Rolf statement couture dress in 2005.
Sarah Jessica Parker made Met Gala history in this magnificent Oscar De La Renta dress in 2014.
Liu Wen had her Cinderella moment when she attended the Met Gala in this Zac Posen dress in 2014.
This regal Guo Pei couture dress Rihanna wore to the Met Gala in 2015 had everybody talking.
Beyonce stunned in a sheer dress with strategically placed crystals by Givenchy in 2015.
Nicole Kidman turned up to the Met Gala in 2016 wearing this complex and ethereal low cut black sequinned dress with a cape by Alexander McQueen.
Emma Watson wore this off shoulder satin gown by Calvin Klein with a flowing train in 2016.
Not one to shy away from all things unconventional, Cara Develigne debuted a futuristic look at the 2017 Met Gala wearing a silver firework patterned Chanel Couture suit.
Blake Lively made heads turn in 2018 when she wore this custom Atelier Versace gown with g old embroidery to the Met Gala in 2018.
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Florence Tsai
Senior Editor
Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in New York, Florence has been living life in the fast lane, getting to know contemporary artists and famous fashion designers on the go. Aside from designing jewellery and having an unquenchable love for beauty, Florence enjoys dancing, wake surfing and hiking in her spare time.