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Yas, Queen: Iconoclasts of the 2016 Met Gala

Iconoclasts of the 2016 Met Gala

Amid the 500-odd attendees of the 2016 Met Gala, many of them sheathed in liquid silver Balmain and Altuzarra, or baroque Dolce & Gabbana and Marchesa, there were a handful of women who dared to go as all-out as the event demands. Still fewer went the distance — and succeeded. But where they worked, these unconventional looks offered a counterpoint to the robotics-inspired trend of the night (does technology really just mean cyborgs?), envisioning an alternate Met Gala scenario rife with originality and eccentricity. It was Grimes, not Taylor Swift, who set the standard for Louis Vuitton for the evening; Katy Perry, not Zoe Saldana, who ruled the 50-yard train. Madonna, in Givenchy, arrived in typical dramatic style, Riccardo Tisci by her side, and accessorized with a large pendant dangling from her forehead. FKA Twigs and Zoe Kravitz, too, opted for unconventional hair — and face — accessories, while the Olsens’ best accessories were their matching expressions of disdain-slash-exhaustion. Halsey (in DKNY! with sneakers!), Miuccia Prada, Edie Campbell, Alexa Chung, and Amandla Stenberg paired menswear-inspired suiting with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Chloë Sevigny, Amy Schumer, and Jamie Bochert matched perfectly with designers already known for being iconoclasts themselves: Simone Rocha, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander Wang. Here, the 15 women of the Met Gala who chose the adventurous route — and nailed it. To them, all we can add is a heartfelt: Yaaaas, kween.

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Grimes in Louis Vuitton at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Chloë Sevigny in Simone Rocha at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Miuccia Prada in her own design at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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FKA Twigs in Versace at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Madonna in Givenchy at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Katy Perry in Prada at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Edie Campbell and Mario Testino, both in Burberry, at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Amandla Stenberg in Calvin Klein at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Halsey in DKNY at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Zoë Kravitz in Valentino at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Jamie Bochert in Marc Jacobs at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Alexa Chung in Thakoon at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Mary-Kate Olsen, in the Row, and Ashley Olsen, in the Row with a Fortuny coat, at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.

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Amy Schumer in Alexander Wang at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo by Getty Images.