Met Gala 2022: What stars wore to their first Met Gala vs this year

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The Met Gala is over for another year but that doesn't mean we've stopped talking about it quite yet. Those who love fashion are still poring over the choice of gowns and picking their favourites.

For many of the celebrities on the red carpet, it definitely wasn't their first rodeo.

Here's a look at some of our favourite regular attendees at their first Met Gala compared to this year's event, themed In America: An Anthology of Fashion.

Blake Lively

Actror Blake Lively made her Met Gala debut in 2008 wearing a strapless black Ralph Lauren gown with feather embellishments on the skirt.

Blake Lively in black dress at the Met Gala
Blake Lively at her first Met Gala event in 2008. Photo: Getty Images

This year, as a co-chair of the Gala, Blake's transforming Versace dress was a tribute to the city the event is held in: New York. The dress started as a copper gown before the bow was pulled, revealing soft teal that evokes the way copper patinas as it ages.

Blake Lively in a teal and copper coloured dress at the Met Gala
Blake looked stunning as she arrived in a transforming gown at the 2022 Met Gala. Photo: Getty Images

"This dress is a homage to New York City and so many of the classic, iconic buildings," Blake revealed as she pointed out some of the details on the red carpet.

"This is detailing from the Empire State Building, some of the draping from the Statue of Liberty... the constellation from Grand Central Station."

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour is the Queen of the Met Gala, you don't even get to go if she doesn't approve your invitation.

In 1989 she had been editor of Vogue for a year and she wore a heavily sequinned top and black skirt for The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815 themed Gala.

Anna Wintour in gold top and black pants at the Met Gala
Anna Wintour attends the Met Gala for the first time as the editor of Vogue in 1989. Photo: Getty Images

This year, still reigning supreme as the co-chair of the Gala, the editor-in-chief of Vogue wore a tiara, sequined dress and feathered cape. One thing that was missing were her signature sunglasses - they certainly would have clashed with the tiara.

Anna Wintour departs The Mark Hotel
Anna on her way to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo: Getty Images

Kim Kardashian

Kim's first Met Gala was as her then-boyfriend Kanye West's plus one in 2013 and she admitted that she was very nervous.

Kanye West in tuxedo and pregnant Kim Kardashian in floral dress at the Met Gala
Kim Kardashian attended her first Met Gala in 2013 as Kanye West's plus one. Photo: Getty Images

Kim was pregnant with daughter North at the time and wore long-sleeved floral gown by Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy. While some made mean jokes about her "sofa" dress, Kim wasn't bothered.

“I thought it was so cool,” Kim said. “It got a lot of criticism and I didn’t care because I really loved it.”

This year Kim came to the Met Gala with new partner Pete Davidson. And not only did she stun with her hair dyed platinum blonde but she was also wearing a $5 million iconic Marilyn Monroe gown.

"This is Marilyn Monroe's dress and it is 60 years old and she wore this when she sang 'Happy Birthday' to President John F. Kennedy in 1962," she told Vogue correspondent La La Anthony.

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson at the 2022 Met Gala
Kim Kardashian, walking the Met Gala red carpet with Pete Davidson for the first time this year, wore the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing Happy Birthday to President John F Kennedy. Photo: Getty Images

"I had to lose 16 pounds [7kg]," Kim admitted.

"It was such a challenge. It was like a role. I was determined to fit it. I haven't had carbs or sugar in about three weeks," she added.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker actually went to her first Met Gala in 1995 and wore a simple black dress that she'd picked up at a thrift store. The following year, she invited designer Alexander McQueen who designed their co-ordinated look.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Alexander McQueen wearing matching tartan-themed outfits at the Met Gala
Sarah Jessica Parker with designer Alexander McQueen at the Anglomania themed Met Gala in 2006. Photo: Getty Images

This year, Sarah Jessica wore a custom black-and-white Christopher John Rogers ball gown with an extravagant Philip Treacy headpiece.

"This dress was really exquisite and pretty much fit the period of time that Andrew Bolton [head curator of the Museum of Modern Art's Costume Institute] picked for this exhibit," Sarah Jessica told La La Anthony.

Sarah Jessica Parker in voluminous dress and large headpiece at the 2022 Met Gala
Sarah Jessica upholds her reputation of respecting the theme as she attends the 2022 Met Gala. Photo: Getty Images

Cardi B

Right from her first Met Gala, it seems that Cardi B's motto is "go big or go home". Girl knows how to dress for the occasion.

For the 2018 Met Gala theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, she wore a pearl-adorned Moschino dress and was accompanied by the designer Jeremy Scott.

Cardi B in gold dress and headpiece at the Met Gala
Cardi B stuns at her first Met Gala in 2018, themed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination. Photo: Getty Images

This year she was carrying some serious weight in a heavily chained bespoke Versace gown.

 Cardi B in gold gown at the Met Gala
Cardi was adorned in golden chains and a custom-made Versace dress for the 2022 Met Gala. Photo: Getty Images

Katy Perry

The I Kissed A Girl singer first attended The Met Gala in 2009 wearing a striking blue and gold Tommy Hilfiger dress.

As her career has grown, so too have her outfits at the Met Gala as Katy is known to go for a quirky interpretation of the theme (remember her chandelier dress - she was literally a chandelier).

Katy Perry in blue dress at the Met Gala
Katy Perry attends the Gala in 2009, themed The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. Photo: Getty Images

This year she was almost demure in comparison. “It would be pretty obvious for me to go play the kooky, crazy, wild, big, fun, colourful card," she said about her choice of outfit last month. "This time, I’m going to play a whole different card.”

The one-shouldered lace-edged, black and cream Oscar de la Renta dress still had an edginess to it while suitable for the theme.

Katy Perry in black and cream gown with train at the Met Gala
Katy wore a monochrome Oscar de la Renta creation to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo: Getty Images

Emma Stone

La La Land actress Emma Stone's dress choices have matured as she has. At her first Met Gala, she wore a pretty, strapless mini dress.

Emma Stone in multi-coloured dress at the Met Gala
Emma Stone at the Met Gala in 2009. Photo: Getty Images

This year she looked ethereal in a low-cut white Louis Vuitton satin dress, with white feathers at the bottom.

But this wasn't the first time she's worn that dress. It was actually one of the wedding gowns she wore when she tied the knot with Saturday Night Live director Dave McCary in 2020.

Emma Stone in a white dress at the Met Gala
Emma is a vision in white at the 2022 Met Gala, themed In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Photo: Getty Images

Gigi Hadid

For her first Met Gala in 2015, model Gigi Hadid wore a striking red Diana Von Furstenberg dress.

Gigi Hadid in red dress at the Met Gala
Gigi Hadid at the Met Gala in 2015, which was themed China: Through The Looking Glass. Photo: Getty Images

This year, mum-of-one Gigi interpreted the theme in a red Versace corseted latex catsuit with a giant matching puffer jacket.

Gigi Hadid in burgundy outfit at the Met Gala
Gigi arrives at the 2022 Met Gala in a floor-length parka coat over a latex and corseted catsuit, all in deep burgundy. Photo: Getty Images

Both the Met Gala and those who've become regulars have clearly upped their game over the years. One can only wonder what next year will bring.

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