Sometime in 1948, when Hollywood pioneers hosted a midnight supper to raise funds for a Costume Institute, little did they know that they were starting something that would become the biggest celebrity gathering in the world for decades to come.
The Met Gala has over the years become a cultural phenomenon in the entertainment industry. It is the single most fashionable night in Hollywood, and every year, celebrities gear up to slay us on the red carpet.
Met Gala is the place where all kinds of fashionistas come to play. From women dressed in gorgeous dresses to men wearing the finest tuxedos like high rollers who’ve just hit the jackpot in a casino game, down to the very weird ones brandishing costumes from different fantasy movies. Various controversies have also been recorded at the Met Gala. Here’s a rundown of some of the craziest ones.
Solange and Jay-Z Elevator Fight at the Met Gala 2014
At the 2014 edition of the Met Gala, legendary rapper Jay-Z and his sister-in-law, Solange Knowles, got into a fight inside the elevator. In the video that made the rounds on social media, Solange got a little handy and smacked Jay-Z severally.
Many tried to link the fight to Jay-Z’s rumored infidelity, but the Carter and Knowles family later released a statement to announce that both parties had apologized to each other and mended fences.
The Moment a Streaker Interrupted the Met Gala 2014
Like the Oscars, there can be unexpected moments and controversy at the Met Gala. Another dramatic moment at the 2014 Met Gala was when a man ran into THE venue wearing nothing but a mankini.
This almost-naked man stole the spotlight for a moment, and the spectacle would have lasted even longer if not for the timely intervention of security operatives who quickly intercepted and took him off the venue.
When Katy Perry Showed up with a Chandelier Dress at the 2019 Met Gala
Crazy fashion has always been a prominent part of the Met Gala, but in 2019, Katy Perry took it to an all new level. With blazing fire, glittering accessories and a face baked to perfection, the singer appeared on the red carpet wearing a chandelier dress.
Yes, a real-life chandelier. This dress would later go down history lane as one of the most iconic dress to ever grace the red carpet at the Met Gala. It also got lots of buzz and upset notable people like designer Tom Form. In an interview, he later expressed concern that Katy Perry turned the event into a costume party.
When Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Made their Met Gala Debut in 2013
Kim Kardashian never got invited to the Met Gala until 2013, when she came with her now ex-husband Kanye West. Heavily pregnant with their first child, North West, Kim appeared on the red carpet showing off her baby bump in a custom Givenchy dress designed by Riccardo Tisci.
Contrary to the sweet comments the reality star must have expected, fans and social media users trolled her about the dress, saying that it looked like the fabric of their grandmother’s vintage couch.
And the most recent 2022 Met Gala? Well, those traditions are continuing.