Everyone remembers their first time at the Met Gala (we’re speaking from assumptions, not experience). It’s quite a huge deal to be invited to the annual benefit for the Costume Institute, be personally dressed by a designer, walk the iconic carpeted steps into one of the biggest—and arguably most mysterious—fashion parties of the year. But in case Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kate Moss have forgotten that special night, we’re here with a little reminder.
In honor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most well-dressed event of the year, we hunted down some of our favorite guests’ first-time looks. Plus, we’ve paired them with recent outfits as well. It’s a testament to not only how personal style can change (see Victoria Beckham swapping early-aughts sparkle for her most signature minimal aesthetic) but also how others evolved into quite the enthusiastic theme-party dresser (i.e., Rihanna in her jaw-dropping Guo Pei ensemble from 2015).
Keep scrolling to reacquaint yourself with many of the best looks and biggest style evolutions before 2021’s September Met Gala.