The Met Gala 2024, themed Garden of Time, came to life as celebrities from all walks of fame graced the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Models, actors, athletes, billionaires, influencers, and more showed up with their unique interpretations of the night’s dress code. Inspired by a 1962 story by English writer J.G. Ballard, the gala’s theme was tied to the Costume Institute’s Spring exhibit, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion. Fondly known as fashion’s biggest night, the Met Gala doubles as a fundraiser for the Costume Institute. This year’s exhibit features around 250 historical fashion pieces, spanning centuries, all linked by natural motifs symbolizing fashion’s fleeting nature.

The red carpet buzzed with imaginative interpretations of this lovely theme. Every Met Gala theme does more than dictate attire; it shapes fashion history and sparks lasting discussions. Here are our standout picks who truly embodied the theme.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid’s Thom Browne ensemble at the Met Gala 2024 offered a fresh take on the garden theme. The gown was a masterpiece of embroidery, adorned with over 2.8 million beads, and took an impressive 5,000 hours to create, involving a team of more than 70 people.

Tyla

For her first Met Gala appearance, the Grammy winner donned a Balmain design inspired by the concept of the “sands of time.” Tyla’s dress took a literal approach with a strapless beige dress featuring a circular train at the hem and a textured sand-like finish. The contours of the dress around the chest and torso appeared impeccably tailored to her measurements, and that’s precisely the case—it was custom-made to fit her perfectly.

Mona Patel

Mona made a remarkable impression, elegantly showcasing a nude floor-length sculpted gown by Iris Van Herpen. The gown featured a butterfly-shaped corset and a scalloped train, perfectly complementing the theme of “The Garden of Time” and capturing everyone’s attention.

Greta Lee

Greta was drawn to the Loewe dress for its unique blend of hardness and softness. She described it as having a striking architectural shape while being crafted from transparent lace. The dress featured brooding floral elements that created an immersive and memorable experience.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner made a remarkable choice with her outfit, pulling off an incredibly rare archival piece that few have ever worn. The haute couture dress, originally designed by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy’s 1999 collection, had previously been showcased solely on mannequins before returning to the designer’s archive. Jenner’s wearing of this piece marks its first public appearance on a person, making it a standout fashion moment.

Jonathan Bailey

The actor made a stylish appearance on the green carpet wearing a custom Loewe outfit highlighted by a double-breasted white suit jacket. Instead of a traditional tie or bowtie, he accessorized with an oversized floral embellishment, adding a unique and eye-catching touch to the look.

Zendaya

Zendaya graced the occasion in a Maison Margiela gown designed by John Galliano, inspired by a 1994 Dior creation. Styled by Law Roach, she wore a stunning bottle green and blue jewel-toned dress featuring an exaggerated flair at the one-shoulder neckline.

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt made a statement at the Met Gala 2024 in a custom-designed Sabyasachi sari. Styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania, the sari was embellished with real gemstones and boasted a remarkable 23-foot-long train, paying homage to the theme. 

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