It’s been a volatile year so far, to say the least. Which is why we arguably need the frivolity, beauty and low-stakes drama of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit – a.k.a. the Met Gala or Met Ball – more than ever. After last year’s tech- and robot-inspired “Manus x Machina,” 2017’s theme (and accompanying exhibit at the institute) honors one of the fashion world’s most beloved and singular living designers, Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo. How did this year’s celebrity guests – including co-chairs Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, plus carpet queens Nicki Minaj and Rihanna – interpret Kawakubo’s whimsical, structured, larger-than-life and colorful clothes? Here’s what the biggest and baddest in music, fashion and Hollywood wore to the first Monday in May.
Work times five! The Met Gala MVP did not disappoint for 2017, wearing a very, very elaborate Comme des Garcons Fall 2016 piece with red strappy sandals.
Selena Gomez and Weeknd looked like perfect prom dates, him in a slim tux and her in a light, trailing Coach gown.
The “Anaconda” singer wore an H&M gown that was equal parts dominatrix and magic show.
The Material Girl opted for a camo-print gown by Moschino and a distressed stole.
Solange Knowles wore a parka-cum-couture-dress designed by Thom Browne.
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris wore a black satin ballgown.
New couple A-Rod and J-Lo looked overjoyed to be with each other on the red carpet, him in a classic tux and her in a delicate Valentino gown and massive Harry Winston diamond earrings.
The Shallows actress channeled her inner peacock in Versace with husband Ryan Reynolds, who came matching in a pale-blue bow-tie.
Kanye stayed home this year, but Kim came solo in a clinging white Vivienne Westwood dress.
Frances Bean Cobain wore a sheer, high-necked Marc Jacobs gown. She arrived with her mom, Courtney Love, who rocked a long-sleeved black gown with an impressive teardrop cutout – and of course, plenty of cleavage – also by Marc Jacobs.
Tom Brady and Gisele, both co-chairs of the gala, took a classic approach, with him in a tux and her in a sleek backless silver gown.
The reality star and makeup maven showed off her curves in a sheer beaded Versace gown.
Lena Dunham arrived in a black-and-red gingham, off-the-shoulder ball gown by Elizabeth Kennedy. (Not pictured: the combat boots she’s wearing underneath.)
The supermodel went for a barely-there look by luxury lingerie designer La Perla.
The Big Little Lies star stunned in a pink and black Oscar de la Renta gown.
Nick Jonas buttoned up in a Topman tux with geometric flair.
Helen Lasichanh wore a red, structured one-piece while Pharrell Williams, a co-chair of the event, stuck to a grunge look – though both were in Comme des Garcons head-to-toe.
Sophie Turner wore a white lace Louis Vuitton gown that would make Sansa proud.
Joe Jonas rocked a maroon pinstripe satin tux.
Kate Hudson’s look was all vintage Comme des Garcons in an asymmetric white gown and tight platinum bun.
The pregnant tennis star glowed in a body-hugging, turquoise halter dress by Atelier Versace.
Bella Hadid went all out in a shimmering Alexander Wang bodysuit.
Evan Rachel Wood rocked a goth look in slacks and a beaded tunic, both designed by Joseph Altuzarra.
The legendary singer showed a lot of leg in this lingerie-inspired black gown.
Reese Witherspoon wore a blue and black one-shoulder dress – but there was enough structure in the other shoulder to make up for it.
The model and actress looked like a Spider from Mars in her silver suit and spiked heals.
The model wore a fashion-forward Tommy Hilfiger gown that showed off one black garter.
The Goop mogul wore a light-pink dress that channeled her era of 1990s superstardom, while A$AP Rocky came in a Calvin Klein black-denim suit with white turtleneck.
The Girls star looked every bit a high-fashion Jessa in a low-cut tank, tulle skirt and oxfords.
Chrissy Teigen looked like a snow princess in her black and white gown, while her crooner husband looked dashing in a matching tux.
The Disney star didn’t quite hit the theme of Comme des Garcons, but she looked beautiful in a Dolce & Gabbana ballgown nonetheless.
Janelle Monae floated into the party in an elaborate Ralph and Russo gown.
The Canadian singer arrived to her first Met gala in a leather and lace Versace gown.
Jourdan Dunn wore a geometric H&M dress, while Future found a super-skinny tux with dark blue detail.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley wore a flowing black and white Oscar de la Renta gown.
Mindy Kaling stood out in a blue sequin dress by Nepalese-American designer Prabal Gurung.