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Met Gala: The Best, and Highest, Hairstyles on the Red Carpet


Driely Carter

At the annual Met Gala, our favorite A-listers take the stage on fashion’s most iconic red carpet. While some tend to opt for classic and elegant styles, others take of advantage of fashion’s biggest night out expressing their bold and creative style down to everything from the dress to a braided top knot. From Jackie O‘s light touch with a teasing comb, to Sarah Jessica Parker‘s heavy hand–here are the best uses of volume on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala.

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Rihanna brought some edge to the gala with her cropped cut.

Rihanna at the 2009 Met Gala “The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion.” Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic

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Sarah Jessica Parker doubled down on a full Charles James look with a voluminous, ladylike bun that echoed his frocks.

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Gala “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images.

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Iman paid homage to Christian Dior with a coif as custom as the designer’s couture.

The Costume Institute Gala Honors Christian Dior. Iman at the Costume Institute Honors Christian Dior. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage.

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Diane von Furstenberg let her punk flag fly with these wild ends.

Diane von Furstenberg at the Met Gala “Rock Style.” Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage.

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Amber Valletta added a solid six inches to her already supermodel status with this style.

Amber Valletta at the 2004 Met Gala “Dangerous Liaisons.” Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.

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Tyra sported a brioche-inspired crown of braids.

Tyra Banks at the 2009 Met Gala “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.” Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic.

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Miley Cyrus showed what using the whole bottle of gel looks like, in the name of punk.

Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Met Gala “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” Photo by Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic.

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Jackie O, trendsetter, may have inspired Kelly Klein and the rest of the volume-loving gang.

Jackie Onassis at the Met Gala “Fashions of The Hapsburg Era.” Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage.

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Maybe Kelly Klein is to thank for the more is more approach to volume?

Calvin Klein and Kelly Klein at the 1991 Met Gala. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage.

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Naomi let her hair do double duty as a contouring tool.

Naomi Campbell at the 2011 Met Gala “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” Photo by Getty Images.

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Charlize Theron and John Galliano coordinated their messy waves.

Charlize Theron at the 2006 Met Gala “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion.” Photo by James Devaney/WireImage.

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Shalom Harlow looked ravishing with messy curls.

Shalom Harlow at the 2006 Met Gala “Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion.” Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images.

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Actress Debi Mazar paid homage to the late Gianni Versace with an undone up-do.

Debi Mazar at the Met Gala for the Gianni Versace exhibition. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.

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Eva Mendes stacked curl upon curl for a major hair moment.

Eva Mendes at the 2006 Met Gala “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion,” Photo by James Devaney/WireImage.

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Gwen Stefani gave the pompadour a whole new look.

Gwen Stefani at the 2010 Met Gala “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” Photo by Getty Images.

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Stephanie Seymour’s shiny, bouncy curls are a model for anyone looking to make a statement.

Stephanie Seymour at the Met Gala “Chanel.” Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic.

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Lily Allen did the Elvis.

Lily Allen at the 2014 Met Gala “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

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Melania Trump celebrated American high society with the highest beehive she could tease.

Melania Trump at the 2010 Met Gala “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic.

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January Jones echoed that thought with some extra teasing.

January Jones and designer Stefano Pilati at the 2010 Met Gala “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic.

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Emmy Rossum braided and twisted her locks into a ravishing nest.

Emmy Rossum at the 2013 Met Gala “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” Photo by Getty Images.

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Anne Heche likewise sported a nesting ground.

Anne Heche at the 2004 Met Gala “Dangerous Liaisons.” Photo by James Devaney/WireImage.

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Crystal Renn paid homage to the late designer Alexander McQueen with an antelope-style runway look.

Crystal Renn at the 2011 Met Gala “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic.

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Kelly Osbourne embellished and crimped her purple hairstyle.

Kelly Osborne at the 2013 Met Gala “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” Photo by Getty Images.

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Jennifer Morrison wore a chic mohawk–once and once alone.

Jennifer Morrison at the 2013 Met Gala “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” Photo by Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic.

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Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann kept it classy with a less-is-more approach to volume.

Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann at the 2014 Met Gala “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images.

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Actress Salma Hayek poses during 1997 Costume Institute Gala, wearing her hair in a sleek, yet playful up do with a glossy maroon lip.

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Singer Jennifer Lopez arrived to the 2004 Costume Institute Gala “Dangerous Liaisons” wearing a high sleek, braided bun with a hint of cream blush on the cheeks and a vibrant red lip.

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At the 2015 “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Gala, Beyoncé wears a sleek high pony with tousled curls and a glossy pink lip.

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Modle Heidi Klum wears accessorizes her voluminous blonde bob with a black headband at the 2003 Costume Institute Benefit Gala.

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Pop star Lady Gaga wears her voluminous platinum blonde locks in tight waves with a coral red lip at the 2016 ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2016 Met Gala.