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A Complete History of Zendaya’s Met Gala Fashion

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01:  Zendaya  is seen at the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Betwe...
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Zendaya’s status as red carpet royalty didn’t just happen overnight. The former Disney star and her longtime Image Architect and stylist Law Roach steadily worked hard over the years to prove their fashion bonafides to the world. Nowhere is that more apparent than when looking back at Zendaya’s history at the Met Gala. The actor went from a guest of designers to a moment-creating VIP capable of commanding all the attention on one of the world’s busiest red carpets. Here, a look back at all of Zendaya’s Met Gala looks, including her after party fits.

2024: “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion”
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After a lengthy five-year hiatus, Zendaya staged her Met Gala comeback in 2024. As one of the night’s co-chairs, the actress nailed the “The Garden Of Time” dress code in a custom John Galliano Margiela look that referenced the designer’s time at Christian Dior.

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Of course, no stone was left unturned as finished off her gown with a Stephen Jones headpiece and dramatic eye makeup.

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After most of the gala’s guests made their way up the steps, Zendaya had one last go at things on the carpet. She again slipped into some archival fashion in honor of the night’s theme, wearing a Galliano-era Givenchy gown that she styled with an archival Alexander McQueen headpiece.

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The train! The drama!

2019: “Camp: Notes on Fashion”
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The theme of the 2019 Met Gala was “Camp,” and Zendaya and stylist Law Roach decided to put on a show. Enlisting Tommy Hilfiger to design a light-up dress, the duo reenacted Cinderella right on the red carpet.

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Naturally, Roach stepped into the role of Fairy Godfather.

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Please note Zendaya’s pumpkin coach bag, which came courtesy of the undisputed American master of bedazzled evening minaudières, Judith Leiber.

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Of course, they left a glass slipper behind, as if you had to ask.

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The thing about the Met Gala is, after all those red carpet theatrics, you are expected to go inside and eat a dinner. So Zendaya changed into a flowy gown in a delicate shade of lilac—but kept her pumpkin bag close.

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Of course, there was a major train moment and a bit of sparkling detail behind her. Just because it wasn’t the red carpet dress for the night didn’t mean it was boring.

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After parties can be serious business, and Zendaya hit the circuit that year in a black velvet suit. Note, however, her purple shoes, which she kept on after the main event.

2018: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”
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Zendaya showed up prepared for battle for the Catholicism-themed edition of the Met. Her custom Versace gown was a nod to Saint Joan of Arc. Yes, she managed to get one of the most definitive Italian fashion houses to find inspiration in the Patron Saint of France. In some ways, Zendaya may be more powerful than the EU Parliament.

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Once inside, Zendaya removed the chest piece and shoulder for a slightly more comfortable fit.

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This photo probably belongs in a history book.

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For Versace’s official after party, she paired a Versace skirt with a n:Philanthropy tee.

2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”
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Not everyone is on theme every year, and this maximalist gown from Dolce & Gabbana wasn’t really in conversation with the avant-garde dress code. It was, however, breathtaking.

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At the afters that year, Zendaya stuck to both Dolce and her floral theme. You could argue that the intentionally unfinished detailing on the shoulders and lapels were in line with Kawakubo’s sartorial themes of deconstruction.

2016: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”
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Zendaya attended the 2016 edition as a guest of Michael Kors, and her look that night proved she had more in common with Liza Minnelli than the fact that both of their names include the letter “Z.” Her golden gown’s inspiration was straight out of Studio 54 and she spotted a Minnelli-ish black bob.

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At the after party, she kept the gold going with a go-go inspired minidress and boots courtesy of Michael Kors.

2015: “China: Through the Looking Glass”
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For her very first Met Gala, Zendaya wore a sculptural minidress from Fausto Puglisi.

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She attended as a guest of the Sicilian designer.

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For the after parties that year, she switched into a black and brown skirt suit.

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