Every Look Kim Kardashian Has Worn to the Met Gala

Kim Kardashian attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/MG23/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Though she'd been famous for nearly a decade, it wasn't until 2013 that Kim Kardashian made her Met Gala debut, thanks to then-fiancé Kanye West performing.

"Kanye was performing so I wasn’t actually invited; I was just Kanye's plus one. And that was okay with me because I never really dreamed I would be at the Met Ball," she later told Vogue. "I know no one really probably wanted me there at the time."

Despite feeling unwanted at the event, Kardashian got her very first Vogue cover a month later (with West, plus daughter North in the interior spread).

"Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it," Anna Wintour wrote at the time. "I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?). As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it."

Wintour added, "You may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue‘s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn't true."

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Was Kim Kardashian at the 2024 Met Gala?

She was indeed. Kardashian has frequently been rumored to be banned from the Met Gala, most recently due to allegedly damaging the late Marilyn Monroe's iconic "naked dress" in 2022, but it's not true: She was back in 2023 and now in 2024 as well.

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Every Look Kim Kardashian Has Worn to the Met Gala

Every Look Kim Kardashian Has Worn to the Met Gala

Whether barely there or covered head to toe, she always makes a statement.

<p>Larry Busacca/Getty Images</p><p>Kim Kardashian made her Met Gala debut in 2013 with then-fiancé <strong><a href="https://parade.com/tag/kanye-west" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kanye West;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Kanye West</a></strong>. At the time, she was pregnant with their first child, daughter <strong><a href="https://parade.com/news/kim-kardashian-daughter-north-west-debuts-drastic-new-hairstyle-look-lively-video" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:North West;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">North West</a></strong>.</p><p>Kardashian made a splash, but not necessarily in the best way: Her floral gown and matching gloves and heels by West's close friend <strong>Riccardo Tisci</strong> earned rightful comparisons to couches found in every millennial and Gen X parents' or grandparents' home. While hilarious, the memes hurt her feelings. She <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Knj8-MKFn8&feature=youtu.be" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:later told;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">later told</a> <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Knj8-MKFn8&feature=youtu.be" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vogue;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Vogue</a></em>, "I was crying the whole way home because I just couldn't believe it."</p>
<p>Karwai Tang/FilmMagic</p><p>At her second Met Gala ever in 2014, Kim Kardashian kept it classy and simple in a strapless dark teal Lanvin gown by Alber Elbaz with a black sash and T-strap heels. The theme was "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," and her gown was actually a last-minute change: She <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3569709/As-Kim-Kardashian-prepares-Met-Gala-looks-2014-leather-dress-wore.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:previously said;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">previously said</a> it was originally made from leather material and she swapped it to satin at the last minute.</p>
<p>Kevin Mazur/WireImage</p><p>Kim Kardashian finally made her mark at the 2015 Met Gala, rocking a sheer, bedazzled Peter Dundas gown with a white feather train. Kardashian <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/2SKVUwuS_f/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said that her inspiration;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">said that her inspiration</a> was <strong><a href="https://parade.com/tag/cher" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cher;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Cher</a> </strong>from the first-ever Met Gala in 1974.</p>
<p>Larry Busacca/Getty Images</p><p>Kim Kardashian was on theme at the 2016 Met Gala, "Manus x Machina." She <a href="https://people.com/style/kim-kardashian-goes-blingy-sexy-robot-for-met-gala-and-kanye-west-wears-ripped-jeans/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:described;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">described</a> the custom Balmain gown as akin to a "blingy, sexy robot."</p>
<p>J. Kempin/Getty Images</p><p>Kim Kardashian sported a simple white Vivienne Westwood corset gown to the 2017 Met Gala. It was one of her first major red carpet appearances after her <a href="https://parade.com/513718/nancyberk/the-important-public-service-message-kim-kardashian-didnt-intend-to-inspire/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:harrowing robbery in Paris;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">harrowing robbery in Paris</a>, which may be why she eschewed any diamonds at all for the evening.</p>
<p>Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images</p><p>Kim Kardashian once more skipped glitzy jewels for the Met Gala in 2018, but she didn't need them: Her sparkling gold custom chainmail Versace gown, embroidered with two crosses for the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme, did the job. Accessorizing with simple gold cross chains and honey brown contacts, Kardashian's style was simultaneously dazzling and understated.</p>
<p>Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic</p><p>Kim Kardashian wore a custom Thierry Mugler dress with a <em>very </em>snug corset to the 2019 Met Gala, explaining that the designer's vision was of "this California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping." She <a href="https://people.com/style/kim-kardashian-painful-corset-under-met-gala-2019-dress/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">told</a> <em><a href="https://people.com/style/kim-kardashian-painful-corset-under-met-gala-2019-dress/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Wall Street Journal;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">The Wall Street Journal</a> </em>that she had to practice wearing the "insane" corset, which she said left indentations on her skin and made it difficult for her to breathe.</p>
<p>Theo Wargo/Getty Images</p><p>Kim Kardashian took head-to-toe black literally at the 2021 Met Gala. The Balenciaga look featured a long-sleeve turtleneck bodysuit, a T-shirt dress with train, boots, gloves and a mask.</p><p>A source <a href="https://people.com/style/kim-kardashian-says-she-fought-against-her-met-gala-mask-why-would-i-cover-my-face/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told PEOPLE;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">told <em>PEOPLE</em></a> that Kardashian was set on making a statement, calling the look a "new subculture."</p><p>"No logo, no face, but everyone knows it's her," the insider said. "Kanye gave her the courage to push creativity and people's imagination through art. It's the ultimate confidence."</p>
<p>ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images</p><p>Kim Kardashian famously wore the late <strong><a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/50-marilyn-monroe-quotes-thatll-020444812.html" data-ylk="slk:Marilyn Monroe;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">Marilyn Monroe</a></strong>'s gown to the <a href="https://parade.com/1376405/alexandra-hurtado/met-gala-2022-memes-reactions/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:2022 Met Gala;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">2022 Met Gala</a>—and may or may not have damaged it. Kardashian <a href="https://people.com/style/met-gala-2022-kim-kardashian-lose-16-pounds-marilyn-monroe-dress-pete-davidson/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:boasted;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">boasted</a> that she lost 16 pounds within three weeks to fit in the dress, which Monroe wore to serenade then-President<a href="https://parade.com/573677/lindsaylowe/jfk-quotes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:John F. Kennedy;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "> <strong>John F. Kennedy</strong></a> for his birthday in 1962.</p>
<p>Christopher Polk/WWD via Getty Images</p><p>At the 2023 Met Gala tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld, Kim Kardashian wore a Schiaparelli corset gown covered in pearls with a cream train.</p><p> “What is more Karl? The iconic Chanel pearls is what I always thought of so we wanted to just be dripping in pearls," she <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8hM4JPMXXY" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told Vogue;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">told <em>Vogue</em></a>, adding that daughter North picked up pearls that fell off on the way to the event.</p>
<p>Photo by John Shearer/WireImage</p><p>Kardashian showed up to the latest Met Gala in a Maison Margiela corset and a John Galliano cardigan. Some critics <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/critics-slam-kim-kardashian-setting-005810937.html" data-ylk="slk:slammed the look;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">slammed the look</a> for setting an impossible (and dangerous) beauty standard. </p>

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