BEST DRESSED

Met Gala 2017: From Rihanna to Katy Perry, W‘s 15 Best-Dressed Women on the Red Carpet


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Usually, these best-dressed lists are limited to 10, but we couldn’t help ourselves. On Monday night, models, Hollywood stars, and designers were called upon to surprise on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by channeling the Costume Institute’s honoree Rei Kawakubo and the sartorial genius of Comme des Garçons. For the most part, the likes of Rihanna, in Fall 2016 CDG, and Katy Perry, in red-blood Maison Margiela Artisanal, captured the daring spirit of Kawakubo, others like Tracee Ellis Ross and Anna Cleveland actually wore the designer’s label, and the rest simple looked spectacular, from Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein by Raf Simons to Cara Delevingne and Amyline Valade, both in power suits. In short, it was a red carpet fitting of Kawakubo, who once quipped, “For something to be beautiful it doesn’t have to be pretty.” For more of our best gala coverage, don’t miss the best dressed men, couples, the night’s most talked-about non-fashion moments, and a minute-by-minute accounting of everything that happened on that famous red carpet.

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Katy Perry, in Maison Margiela Artisanal, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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Rihanna, in Comme des Garcons, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly)

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Selena Gomez, in Coach, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

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Solange, in Thom Browne, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

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Tracee Ellis Ross attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

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Jennifer Lopez, in Valentino, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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Zoë Kravitz, in Oscar de la Renta, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

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Gwyneth Paltrow, in Calvin Klein by Raf Simons, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

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Lily Collins, in attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

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Cara Delevingne, in Chanel, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

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Claire Danes, in Monse, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly)

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Lily Aldridge, in Ralph Lauren Collection, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

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Kate Hudson, in Stella McCartney, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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Aymeline Valade, in Marni, attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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Anna Cleveland, in Comme des Garcons, arrives at “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum on May 1, 2017 in New York City.