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A Chronological Look at Kim Kardashian’s Best Met Gala Outfits

Latex corsets, liquid gold, floral prints, and more.

by Allie Fasanella
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Not...
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It’s been almost a year since the 2022 Met Gala, which means the biggest night in fashion (read: the “Oscars of fashion”) is upon us once again. And you can bet that Kim Kardashian is going to be there, bringing the drama as per usual.

Kardashian has been attending, and turning heads, at the Met Gala since 2013, and each of her looks has made an imprint on my brain forever (that’s normal, right?). From dramatic gowns that shimmer as far as the eye can see to couch-like floral prints and ornate embellishments, you can always count on the SKIMS mogul to get people talking.

ICYMI, Kardashian’s 2022 dress went down in Met Gala infamy after she revived an archival Marilyn Monroe gown. The sequin-covered stunner sparked controversy, as many initially thought it was damaged at the event.

This year’s Met Gala — taking place on Monday, May 1 — asks that guests come dressed with the theme “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” in mind. Attendees could draw from his tenure as the creative director of fashion houses like Chanel and Fendi, or could pay homage to Lagerfeld’s signature suited look.

While we wait with bated breath to see how Kim Kardashian will take on this theme, let’s take a look back at her best outfits over the years.


2013: “Punk: Chaos to Couture”

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For her very first Met Gala appearance in 2013, a pregnant Kardashian donned a floral gown with a thigh-high slit and matching shoes by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Eschewing the theme, the flowery look unfortunately ended up being the subject of many memes. "It got a lot of criticism and I didn't care because I really loved it,” she said.


2014: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

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The following year, the reality star went for a more understated look, working with Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz. The elegant, dark blue strapless gown highlighted her décolletage, showed a bit of leg, and had pockets as a nice touch.


2015: “China: Through The Looking Glass”

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Going bold again in 2015, Kim brought the glamour in a semi-sheer white dress featuring intricate beadwork and a dramatic feathered train. "My custom Roberto Cavalli gown is one of my fave dresses ever,” she shared.


2016: "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"

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Celebrating the gala’s theme that year, the Skims founder channeled a futuristic goddess in a shimmering silver metallic Balmain gown. Of the look, she said: “I just wanted to go for it and be a bling-y, sexy robot."


2017: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between"

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In 2017, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star took a more minimalist approach, hitting the Met steps in a simple white, off-the-shoulder gown courtesy of Vivienne Westwood. She styled the ethereal dress with strappy, barely-there sandals.


2018: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”


Nailing the “Heavenly Bodies” theme, Kim shimmered in a curve-hugging gold Versace number at the 2018 Met Gala. Adding to the look, she layered two sparkling cross necklaces to match the dipped-in-gold gown. Killed it.


2019: "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

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Come 2019, the mogul made major waves as she arrived in a dripping wet nude mini dress, a custom look by Thierry Mugler. Naturally, she paired the plunging dress with see-through pumps. The dress was actually a nod to her daughter North West, who refers to her mother as a mermaid.


2021: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”


Kim had everyone talking again in September 2021, when she chose an all-black look complete with a face covering to go with the theme of “American independence.” The head-turning Balenciaga ‘fit confused and divided fans, to which she simply responded: “What’s more American than a T-shirt head to toe?!”


2022: “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”

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Kim nailed 2022’s “gilded glamour” theme with her ode to Marilyn Monroe, the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour. But the choice to borrow the dress Monroe famously wore to sing “Happy Birthday” to then-president John F. Kennedy in 1962 (the most expensive dress in the world) sparked major controversy. Fans were outraged, after initial reports said the gown was damaged, but thankfully, Ripley’s has since debunked this claim.

Additional reporting by Alyssa Lapid.

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