While Kim Kardashian has become one of the most expected Met Gala honorary pathway appearances, it wasn’t generally so for the truth star.
Kardashian, 41, first ventured onto the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s tremendous strides in 2013, going to as then-spouse Kanye West’s date while pregnant with their most memorable youngster, North West.
“I didn’t know anybody and I’m certain nobody needed me there,” she later tweeted.
star has since gone from image to sovereign of the principal Monday of May, shaking all that from sheer adorned outfits to attractive robot sequins to a midsection squashing undergarment.
Here, we take a look at all of Kardashian’s Met Gala looks over the years.
2013: Floral Givenchy
Kardashian made her Met Gala debut wearing a rose-printed Givenchy gown with built-in gloves and matching heels.
The theme for 2013 was
“Punk: Chaos to Couture,”
“I was crying the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it,”
Kardashian told Vogue of the memes.
2014: Satin Lanvin
For her second Met Gala, themed
“Charles James: Beyond Fashion,”
Kardashian went in quite a different direction, wearing an elegant blue-and-black gown by Lanvin.
But it turns out she almost wore an entirely different look. On her now-defunct website, the star showed some behind-the-scenes snaps of a dress in the same silhouette, but in metallic gold.
“My dress was originally made of this amazing leather with metallic detailing, but we decided at the last minute to redo it in blue satin,”
she wrote, adding,
“Working with Alber Elbaz (then of Lanvin) for my custom gown in 2014 was SUCH a pleasure.”
2015: Feathered Roberto Cavalli
For 2015’s “China: Through The Looking Glass” gala, Kardashian turned to Peter Dundas, then creative director at Roberto Cavalli, to create a fabulous feathered confection.
“My custom Roberto Cavalli gown is one of my fave dresses ever,” Kardashian said. Indeed, the totally see-through piece (with strategically placed crystals) was a major Met Gala moment for the reality star, placing her on the list of standouts for the year.
The dress actually had its roots in the first-ever Met Gala; Kardashian revealed on Instagram that she was inspired by Cher’s sheer getup from 1974.
2016: Futuristic Balmain
The 2016 Met Gala theme was
“Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,”
and Kardashian understood the assignment with her futuristic silver gown by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain.
Covered in silver sequins and featuring a structured bust, the reality star’s dress helped her and husband Kanye West — who rocked ripped jeans and a matching crystal-covered jean jacket, along with eerie blue contacts — be named the night’s best-dressed couple.
“I was back to insecure this year because I hadn’t lost all of my baby weight,”
Kardashian tweeted of her 2016 outfit, referring to the December 2015 birth of Saint West.
“Big mistake to bleach the brows but Kanye looked so good this year with those blue eyes! It was super controversial that he wore denim.”
2017: Minimalist Vivienne Westwood
Kardashian went from super glam to super laid-back for the 2017 gala, the theme for which was
“Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.”
Wearing a beachy, off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood dress and styling her hair in a simple, straight bob, the Skims founder was purposefully understated.
“I figured everyone was going to go really over the top and I just wanted to be really simple,”
she told Vogue, attending the event without West for the first time that year.
2018: Gilded Versace
Perhaps one of the Met Gala’s most memorable themes was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and Kardashian went for it with her cross-covered gold metal mesh gown by Versace.
Adding two sparkling cross pendants to accessorize her look, she even got praise from her biggest critic, North, who actually said she wanted to wear the dress to her prom one day.
2019: “Dripping wet” Mugler
The fashion and beauty mogul made a splash at 2019’s
“Camp: Notes on Fashion”
gala, appearing as if she’d just stepped out of the water in a skin-toned Thierry Mugler mini with dangling crystal trim.
“Mugler drip. Straight out of the ocean,”
Kardashian tweeted of her sexy look, tagging the designer.
“His first design in 20 years.”
In an episode of
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians,”
West objected to the dress, calling it “too sexy.” Kardashian clearly won that argument, slamming his comments as
Underneath the viral design — which was partly inspired by Raquel Welch in the 1957 film “Boy on a Dolphin” — was a waist-crushing corset tied so tight, Kardashian had to take breathing lessons and was unable to sit down for the entire night.
2021: Masked Balenciaga
The reality star’s most unexpected Met Gala look to date came in 2021, when she wore an outfit that sparked a thousand memes — and even a Halloween costume.
She chose Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia for the
“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”-
“Kanye gave her the courage to push creativity and people’s imagination through art … It’s the ultimate confidence.”
While Kardashian later admitted she “fought against” the faceless look, it was meant to prove a point about how influential the makeup mogul really is.
“People would know instantly it was Kim because of her silhouette,”
Gvasalia told Vogue.
“They wouldn’t even need to see her face, you know? And I think that’s the whole power of her celebrity, that people wouldn’t need to see her face to know it’s her.”
What will Kardashian choose for 2022’s
“In America: An Anthology of Fashion”
gala? One thing’s for sure: it’ll be memorable.