Best-dressed beauties: The Met Gala’s 10 most fashionable women

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Elle Fanning MET Gala
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Inspired by J.G. Ballard’s “Garden of Time,” this year’s Met Gala showcases the Costume Institute in bloom



New York’s most anticipated fashion spectacle returned on May 6, 2024 with the opening of the Met Gala, the annual fundraiser in aid of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, showcasing the best-dressed guests from various industries.

The event was also held in celebration of the museum’s newest exhibition titled “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” For this year’s theme, the Met Gala took inspiration from J.G. Ballard’s short story, “Garden of Time.” 

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Centered around an estate sprawling with lush flora and fauna, female attendees mirrored the garden’s whimsical nature in a variety of ways, bringing the steps of the Costume Institute in full bloom. 

From Zendaya’s gothic Maison Margiela gown to Laufey’s romantic Prabal Gurung dress, the women of the Met Gala showcased a variety of head-turning looks, and these are our top 10 picks. 


1. Zendaya

One of the co-chairs for this year’s Met Gala, Zendaya wore not one but two looks to the carpet, initially walking in a dark blue and green Balmain gown with vine detailing paired with a coordinating fascinator. 

The “Challengers” star would follow with a voluptuous black Givenchy Spring/Summer 1996 gown, which she wore with a large fascinator that featured multiple flowers. 


2. Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning Met Gala
Elle Fanning | Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Known for her ethereal sense of fashion, “Sleeping Beauty” actress Elle Fanning took to the Met Gala carpet in a crystalline Balmain gown. 


3. Ayo Edibiri

Ayo Edibiri Met Gala
Ayo Edibiri | Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

“The Bear” actress Ayo Edibiri made her Met Gala debut with a Loewe halter gown featuring a floral pattern that begins in a solid white then gradates into vivid colors. 


4. Alia Bhatt

 Alia Bhatt Met Gala 2024
Alia Bhatt | Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt wore a custom mint-green Sabyasachi sari, which showcased a lengthy train and bejeweled detailing. 


5. Sarah Jessica Parker

 Sarah Jessica Parker Met Gala
Sarah Jessica Parker | Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker channeled her “Sex and the City” counterpart Carrie Bradshaw through an avant-garde yet elegant gown from designer Richard Quinn. The tea-length piece featured a corset bodice and skirt adorned with floral lace. Parker paired this with an array of jewelry alongside a large fascinator. 


6. Mona Patel

Mona Patel Met Gala 2024
Mona Patel | Photo by Getty Images

Indian CEO Mona Patel made her Met Gala debut with a showstopping piece by Iris van Herpen. Inspired by the flutter of butterflies, the look featured three-dimensional, moving butterfly wings at Patel’s sleeves. 


7. Lana del Rey

Lana del Rey Met Gala 2024
Lana del Rey |  Photo by Getty Images for the Met Museum

A reimagining of Alexander McQueen’s iconic “stag dress,” Lana del Rey put a dark spin to the Met Gala theme with a long gown featuring multiple creeping roots that hold up a translucent veil. 

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8. Sydney Sweeney

Sydney Sweeney Met Gala 2024
Sydney Sweeney | Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

“Immaculate” actress and producer Sydney Sweeney stunned with her powder blue Miu Miu gown, which featured delicate black and silver floral embroidery. The “Anyone But You” star departed from her signature platinum blonde by pairing the gown with a black bob and leather gloves. 


9. Eiza Gonzales

Eiza Gonzales Met Gala 2024
Jamie McCarthy | Photo by Getty Images for the Met Museum

Arguably one of the event’s most underrated looks, Eiza Gonzales’ strapless column dress by Del Core is enchanting in its simplicity. 


10. Laufey

Laufey Met Gala 2024
Laufey | Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Imbuing her Met Gala debut with a sense of romance, Icelandic vocalist Laufey walked the steps in a luscious, pastel pink tulle Prabal Gurung gown paired with simple pearl jewelry. 

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