The Met Gala attracts some of the most attention-grabbing celebrities in the world every year. And while its main purpose is to benefit The Costume Institute’s efforts to preserve costumes, everyone knows that the real reason celebrities are flocking to the event is for them to be able to wear the ugliest and most over-the-top outfits possible. These lavishly absurd costumes have completed the look of the Met Gala for years and have always garnered the attention of the media. Here are some of the most memorable moments from the Met Gala.

Kim Kardashian in All Black

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The theme for 2021’s Met Gala was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which centered around young American designers and the question, “Who gets to be American?” Kim Kardashian showed up to the event in an all-black getup that confused a lot of spectators as to the meaning behind it and left people wondering how on earth she was able to see all night. However, she later offered a clue in an Instagram post caption that read, “What’s more American than a T-shirt head to toe?!”

Lady Gaga Dons a Four-Part Costume

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Lady Gaga is a walking piece of performance art, so you can be pretty certain that if she makes an appearance at an event like the Met Gala, she’s going to go BIG. That’s exactly what happened at the 2019 Met Gala, where she arrived in a fuchsia gown with a 25-foot train, gradually taking off layers in four installments until she was writhing around on the ground wearing very little. You can’t say it isn’t classic Gaga!

The theme of the 2019 Met Gala was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” where excessive performance, bad taste, and art nouveau took center stage.

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