10 Times Met Gala Attendees Got the Theme Way Wrong

The first Monday in May is not the night to play it safe, people

For couture aficionados, the flood of Met Gala fashion can be a night of highs and lows. On one hand, it’s the most creative formal wear you’ll see all year, but on the other hand, there’s a neverending parade of celebs who opt out of the spirit of the Gala, showing up in a pretty-but-boring gowns to take forbidden selfies in the bathroom.

A “best” or “worst” pick on the Met Gala red carpet is not what would be best or worst for the Oscars or GRAMMYs. At the core of the sartorial disconnect is that this is not a Hollywood event; it is a benefit for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Anna Wintour’s philanthropy baby. Each year, a theme is chosen, one that marries fashion, art and culture.

What’s theme got to do with it? Everything! Fashion stalwarts and socialites put an immense amount of care into their choices, working with their favourite designers to craft a truly one-of-a-kind look that isn’t just another runway dress. That’s why tastemakers like Solange, Rihanna and SJP shut down the carpet with their risk-taking, often-misunderstood choices.

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For one night only, the worst dressed isn’t the person in the “swan dress,” it’s the person in the perfectly safe and pretty ball gown. Scroll through to see all the misses we’ve clocked over the years.

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