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    I Ranked 40 Iconic Met Gala Looks From "Oh Yes" To "Oh Sweet Lord, No"

    I sit here thinking I'm creative and open-minded, then an outfit with a bizarre outline pops up and my brain short-circuits.

    The Met Gala is a big deal in the celeb fashion world. Known worldwide for its star-studded attendees and displays of creative fashion, the event is eagerly awaited by fashion fans globally.

    Each year's event has a specific theme for the guests to fit their attire into, and the creative and unusual themes have served us both beauties and beasts of outfits over the years!

    So before 2023's gala outfits are seen, I took a walk down memory lane to pull out the looks I still think about — for better or for worse — from the decades before, and ranked them from my favorite to my least favorite! Let's dive in — first, my favorites:

    1. Cher's 1985 look for the "Costumes of Royal India" theme:

    Cher and Bob Mackie at the 1985 Met Gala

    I'm not surprised people went wild for the ear cuffs — I mean, look at 'em!

    Side profile shot of Cher wearing the ear cuffs, which look like wings and are studded with glittering jewels

    2. One more from Cher, for the 1974 "Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design" theme:

    Cher, Bob Mackie, and Cher's friend Paulette Betts attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition "Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design"

    3. Katy Perry's look for 2018's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme:

    Katy Perry attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City

    4. Cardi B for 2018's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme:

    Cardi B attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City

    5. Bella Hadid for 2018's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme:

    Bella Hadid attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City

    Here's Bella's veil close up:

    Bella Hadid smiling and wearing an ornate, bejeweled headpiece

    6. Blake Lively for 2022's "Gilded Glamour" theme:

    Blake Lively attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    Check out her dress transformation here:

    View this video on YouTube

    NBC New York / Via youtu.be

    7. Amber Valletta for 2004's "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century'" theme:

    Model Amber Valletta attends the "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century" Costume Institute benefit gala on April 26, 2004, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

    8. Rihanna for 2015's "China: Through the Looking Glass" theme:

    Rihanna attends the "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015, in New York City

    The headband and necklace accompanying the dress were also stunning!

    Close-up of Rihanna in bejeweled headband and necklace

    9. Madelaine Petsch's outfit for 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme:

    Madelaine Petsch attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City

    Seriously, can someone cast her as a fairy in a movie?

    Close-up of Madelaine Petsch

    10. Solange Knowles for 2016's "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" theme:

    Solange Knowles attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" Met Gala

    11. Kendall Jenner for 2021's "Celebrating in America: A Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Kendall Jenner arrives at the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating in America: A Lexicon of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept. 13, 2021, in New York City

    12. Fredrik Robertsson for 2022's "Gilded Glamour" theme:

    Fredrik Robertsson attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    13. Timothée Chalamet for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Timothée wearing the outfit at the Met Gala in 2021

    14. Kim Kardashian for 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme:

    Kim Kardashian arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City

    15. Michael Urie for 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme:

    Michael Urie attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2019 in New York City

    16. Nikkie de Jager for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Nikkie de Jager attends the 2021 Met Gala benefit "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    17. Iman for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Iman attends 2021 Costume Institute Benefit In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    18. Elle Fanning for 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme:

    Elle Fanning attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes on Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City

    19. Zendaya for 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme:

    Zendaya and Law Roach arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York

    Watch the moment come to life here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Bazaar UK / Via youtube.com

    20. Nina Dobrev for 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme:

    Nina Dobrev attends the 2019 Met Gala celebrating "Camp: Notes on Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City

    Here's the dress from the front:

    Nina Dobrev attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City

    21. Hailee Steinfeld for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    22. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Aurora James attend the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    23. Lili Reinhart for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Lili Reinhart attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    24. Cara Delevingne for 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme:

    Cara Delevingne attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City

    Okay, so we've taken a look at my personal favorites and the ones that went down in the history books for the right reasons — but what about the ones I can't help remembering for all the wrong reasons? (Disclaimer: I have zero fashion qualifications. This is all just my humble opinion!)

    Here we go:

    25. Anya Rubik for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Anja Rubik attends 2021 Costume Institute Benefit In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    26. Natalia Bryant for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Natalia Bryant attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    27. Helen Lasichanh for 2017's "Art of the In-Between" theme:

    Helen Lasichanh attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017

    28. Chloe Bailey for 2022's "Gilded Glamour" theme:

    Chloe Bailey attends the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    29. Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney for 1999's "Rock Style" theme:

    Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney at the 1999 Met Gala

    30. Kim Petras for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Kim Petras attends 2021 Costume Institute Benefit In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept 13, 2021, in New York City

    31. Kim Kardashian for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Kim wearing the outfit

    32. Jennifer Lopez for 2021's "In America: The Lexicon of Fashion" theme:

    Jennifer wearing the outfit

    33. Madonna for 2016's "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" theme:

    Madonna attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016, in New York City

    34. Kylie Jenner for 2022's "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" theme:

    Kylie Jenner attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    35. Emily Ratajkowski for 2022's "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" theme:

    Emily Ratajkowski attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    36. Kodi Smit-McPhee for 2022's "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" theme:

    Kodi Smit-McPhee attends the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    37. Jessica Alba for 2009's "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" theme:

    Jessica Alba attends The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009, in New York City

    38. Kendall Jenner for 2017's "Art of the In-Between" theme:

    Kendall Jenner attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, in New York City

    39. Sarah Jessica Parker for 2022's "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" theme:

    Sarah Jessica Parker attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    40. Franklin Leonard for 2022's "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" theme:

    Franklin Leonard attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City

    And finally: honorable mention to Katy Perry's 2019 afterparty dress:

    Katy Perry in a cheeseburger outfit at the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City

    What's your favorite and least favorite look from the list? Which looks would you add to the list, for better or worse?! Let me know in the comments!