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Met Gala 2024: Who nailed the theme and who missed the mark?

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The Metropolitan Museum is used every year as the location for the Met Gala, creating different settings to represent each individual theme.

Every year, the Met Gala provides some of the most memorable and iconic celebrity fashion moments. The gala is a fundraiser that brings together some of the biggest celebrities to show off collaborations with top-notch designers and brands that take months to come to fruition. May 6, 2024, was no different than past years, as familiar faces walked the carpet, dazzling viewers. The official Costume Institute exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” and the theme of the Met Gala was the “Garden of Time.” Countless celebrities turned heads this year, namely Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid, Ella Fanning and Karlie Kloss. 

Zendaya wore two striking looks styled by Law Roach – a custom Margiela look that included a matching, dramatic headpiece and a vintage Givenchy dress from the house’s spring 1996 collection. The Margiela number looked absolutely gorgeous and made Zendaya one of the headlining fashion icons for this year’s Gala. 

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Jennifer Lopez was dressed in a sparkling Schiaparelli dress that fanned out near her shoulders, also adorned with a diamond-studded necklace. 

Unsurprisingly, florals were the breakout theme for various celebrities this year. Gigi Hadid wore a Thom Browne, white, off-the-shoulder, three-dimensional dress with a train of black-lined ruffles and yellow flowers. The train of the stunning gown was detachable, and Hadid could be seen wearing the trainless sleek white gown with a singular flower design on it at the end of the night. 

Ella Fanning’s crystalline ensemble, embellished with glass-like birds perched elegantly on her shoulders, perfectly encapsulates her iconic portrayal as the original live-action Sleeping Beauty in 2014. She looked like an ice queen brought to life, giving a flawless nod to the theme and bringing a storybook princess to life on the carpet. 

Karlie Kloss, an American fashion model, wore a shimmery, baby pink bodycon dress with rose-colored flowers and vines wrapping around. There was no need for extravagant jewelry with this gown because it was the perfect embodiment of the Gala’s theme, showcasing beauty and vibrancy of nature in an enchanting way. 

Sabrina Carpenter and Barry Keoghan seemed to impersonate the Mad Hatter and Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” as they walked down the carpet together. Carpenter wore a gown with a black velvet bodice and a blue-to-white ombre, satin, bouffant skirt. Keoghan’s suit included a tailored olive-colored velvet jacket, with a ruffled silk undershirt, and matching olive-colored velvet pants. Completing the Mad Hatter-esque look, Keoghan accessorized with a black wool top hat. 

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Ariana Grande looked otherworldly with her pearly gown and small, opalescent wings painted around her eyes. Her shimmery gown was paired with a corset along with a hand-pleated, multilayered skirt in silk chiffon. The pearly look reflected a mystical garden, embodying the theme. Grande described pearls, her birthstone, as small but strong and representative of all the things she loves about the theme of the gala this year. 

On the other hand, some confusing and really off-theme outfits threw audiences off from all around the world. 

Kim Kardashian wore a strapless gown with a tight corseted bodice, seemingly made from metal, with its floor-length skirt showing some skin. While the dress was unique and turned heads, she paired it with a simple gray cardigan that was distracting from the sculpted dress. Many fans noticed how uncomfortable she looked, which didn’t make the fact that she wasn’t on theme any better.

Doja Cat showed  up looking like she just jumped out of the shower, as she strutted down the runway with a white towel wrapped around her body and atop her head. On the carpet, she wore a wet, long, white tee-shirt that was completely see-through. She paired the look with glitter-painted mascara teardrops down her cheeks and a smokey eye. While the look was definitely unique, which is what Doja Cat reported to be going for, it didn’t match the theme in the slightest. This drenched look was awkward compared to  others who were adorned in bright, flowery gowns and shimmers. 

Gwendoline Christie also wore one of the more unappealing looks of the evening. She wore a custom, deep red velvet Margiela gown to the gala, accessorized with a black sheer cape. However, the gown isn’t the main reason she is on the worst-dressed list. Christie’s hair looked akin to a fluffy cloud, completely deterring from the theme and making her outfit even more unappealing.

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Troye Sivan, an Australian singer-songwriter and actor, stuck to a cropped blue shirt cinched at the waist with straps. At any other event it may have made the cut, but did it adhere to the gala’s theme this year? Next question.   

Cardi B wore a black tulle gown with a train that seemed to swallow everything in its path. If the theme hadn’t been that of florals and pastels, maybe it would’ve hit the mark, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

Michelle Yeoh wore something that you might find in a kitchen cabinet, resembling tin foil in her Balenciaga number. 

Although there were some concerning outfits, the event brought hundreds of gorgeous outfits by the likes of Ella Fanning, Gigi Hadid and Zendaya, who all encapsulated the vibes of the night, making the Met Gala 2024 a success.

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Adelaide Minnella
Adelaide Minnella, Arts & Culture Editor
Adelaide Minnella, but you can call her Adie, is an Arts & Culture Editor for the 2024-2025 Wessex Wire. She loves field hockey, lacrosse, the seasons of summer and fall, baking, cooking, her favorite show is “Friends” and her favorite movie is “10 Things I Hate About You.” Her favorite music artists are Taylor Swift, Noah Kahan, Gracie Abrams and Phoebe Bridgers. On the weekends you can find her babysitting, reading her favorite books, or hanging out with her core group of friends. 
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