One of the biggest events in fashion is right around the corner! The 2023 Met Gala will be held on May 1, 2023, with the Academy Award-winning star Penélope Cruz, pop sensation Dua Lipa, Emmy winner Michaela Coel, tennis legend Roger Federer, and Anna Wintour as co-chairs. The Met Gala took place on a Monday in 2005 for the first time when Anna Wintour, Nicole Kidman, and Karl Lagerfeld co-chaired the night with Caroline, Princess of Hanover, as the honorary chair. The theme of the 2005 Met Gala was ‘House of Chanel,’ so it was fitting for Lagerfeld to take on co-chairing duties as the creative director of the fashion brand Chanel.
This year, the Met Gala celebrates Karl Lagerfeld’s life and work with the theme ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.’ The dress code is in honor of Karl for his contributions as the creative director of Chanel from 1983 till his death in 2019. Over the years, among the actors, socialities, and other big names, some artists have also joined the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, as co-chairs at the Met Gala. Let’s take a look at singers who have co-chaired Met Gala through the years –
Harry Styles and Lady Gaga
The 2019 Met Gala saw five co-chairs – Lady Gaga, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, Anna Wintour, Harry Styles, and the iconic tennis player Serena Williams. Harry Styles is now known for his colorful shirts, sparkling boots, jumpsuits, and high-waisted trousers.
Styles doesn’t always stick to traditional shirts, pants, and skin-tight jeans, leading him to be celebrated as one of the best-dressed men as he sports colorful suits, trousers, bell bottoms, and flares. For his appearance at the 2019 Met Gala, Styles wore a black sheer blouse, black high-waisted trousers, and accessorized with a pearl earring. The ‘As It Was’ singer also painted his nails and completed the look with chunky men’s heels.
From her risk-taking meat dress she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music to her unique, avant-garde style, Lady Gaga is undoubtedly one of the biggest fashion icons. The ‘A Star Is Born’ actress stunned the world with her Brandon Maxwell piece at the 2019 Met Gala. She delivered not one or two, but FOUR looks that night!
The ‘Rain On Me’ singer, who is known for her bold fashion choices, first appeared in a voluminous pink cape dress. The Grammy-winning artist revealed a black dress underneath it and posed for the cameras with an umbrella. Her third outfit was a hot pink silk dress and she held a black telephone while wearing oversized sunglasses. Gaga stripped down to her sparkling lingerie, fishnets, and heels for her final look!
Pharell Williams and Katy Perry
Pharell Williams, American quarterback Tom Brady, Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry, and Anna Wintour were announced as co-chairs for Met Gala 2017. Currently, Pharell Williams is the men’s creative director at Louis Vuitton. The record producer, singer-songwriter, and rapper has had high-profile fashion collaborations with the likes of Adidas and even founded the streetwear brand Billionaire Boys Club with Nigo.
Katy Perry’s style is experimental, playful, colorful, and quirky. In 2019, she showed up as a chandelier and was even spotted in a hamburger costume at the after-party. The theme at the time was ‘Camp: Notes in Fashion.’ The ‘Roar’ singer wore a red silk chiffon dress with embellishments and a red tulle veil to the event in 2017 at the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ themed event.
Taylor Swift is famous for her red lip, street style, and beautiful red carpet looks at award shows. A David Koma custom dress she stunned in at the 2022 MTV EMAs, a mini dress from Moschino paired with a white coat, her orange crop top and pink skirt look by Atelier Versace at the Grammys, the custom Versace off-shoulder dress she showed up in at the 2019 Golden Globes, a custom silver Balmain dress she rocked at the 2018 AMAs, are among some of her memorable looks.
She served as the co-chair at the 2016 Met Gala alongside British actor Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, and Jonathan Ives. The theme for the evening was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ and the ‘Anti-Hero’ hitmaker opted for a custom Louis Vuitton cutout dress and surprised fans with her platinum hair. She also wore black strappy heels and dark lipstick.
Rihanna is one of the most stylish artists to date! In addition to making chart-topping music and Grammy-winning songs, RiRi has also launched her own fashion and beauty line. She has been stealing the show at many events for a long time!
From her killer street style to her show-stopping red carpet look, the fashion icon is an inspiration to many! Some of her best moments in fashion include her Swarovski crystal-encrusted dress in which she accepted her Style Icon Award at the CDFA 2014, her maternity style, including the sheer tulle dress and black lingerie she wore at the Paris Fashion Week, and the custom Coperni silver crop top and shimmering skirt, and her thigh-high split black dress at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret runway. Rihanna has been attending the Met Gala since 2007 and has served some of the best looks on the red carpet.
In 2014, she stunned in a Stella McCartney white silk two-piece for the theme ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ and she vowed everyone with her Guo Pei gown that had a luxurious train the following year for the ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ theme. Rihanna opted for an avant-garde look for the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ theme in 2017. The dress was embellished with petals.
The singer was the QUEEN of the Met Gala in 2018, where she impressed everyone with her Margiela bejeweled dress, a beaded robe, and a head-dress. She was also the co-chair that night when the theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.’ Donatella Versace and Amal Clooney also co-chaired that year.
Billie Eilish appeared on the Met Gala carpet in 2021 for the first time in a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown. Eilish co-chaired the event with poet and activist Amanda Gorman, tennis star Naomi Osaka, and Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet in 2021, while Adam Mosseri, Anna Wintour, and Tom Ford were the honorary chairs. Eilish’s nude tulle dress had a massive train and she shone on the red carpet. The 2021 Met Gala theme was ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.’
The ‘Happier Than Ever’ singer Billie Eilish wore a custom Gucci gown the following year. The creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, made an ivory corseted gown for Billie with upcycled materials. Eilish is usually spotted wearing streetwear, baggy and oversized fits. The singer also wore shoes made from vegan materials and a choker. Her bangs were on full display as she opted for an updo. Billie’s gown had green sleeves made of lace.
One of the biggest artists of our generation, Beyoncé, was the honorary co-chair of the Met Gala 2013. Wearing elbow-length gloves, and knee-high boots, the star rocked the red carpet in black and gold Givenchy with a train and a belt on her waist. The theme in 2013 was ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture.’ The fashion icon has been making heads turn with her looks, which include thigh-high slits, haute couture gowns, sheer fabrics, and unique style! Her Givenchy bejeweled sheer dress look from the 2015 Met Gala is one for the books!