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Met Gala 2019: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Do Double Leather Dresses

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Theo Wargo

The Met Gala is one of the few times each year when we’re pretty much guaranteed a joint red carpet appearance by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and the twin moguls didn’t disappoint this year: Mary Kate wore a black leather jacket with gold buttons over a floor-length leather skirt, and Ashley, too, went the black leather route. Ashley’s take was in the form of a long leather coatdress with a layer of canary yellow fabric underneath. Both wore their hair down, and they accessorized with black leather clutches.

The two began attending the Met Gala in the early aughts as Hollywood starlets, and have been regulars ever since as they made their transition into full-fledged members of the American fashion industry elite. Their high-end label the Row continues to win awards and demand the attention of its devoted fans, while their more accessible line Elizabeth & James just struck an exclusive deal with Kohl’s.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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It should be noted the Olsens rarely tend to dress in a way that directly addresses the theme of any given year’s Met Costume Institute exhibition. They instead stick to showing off their own individualized sense of style. If anything, they provide a counterpoint to the popular notion that one is absolutely required to dress in theme for the event.

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen at the Met Gala: See the Pair’s Red Carpet Looks

Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, in Oscar de la Renta and a vintage dress, arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, celebrating The House of Chanel, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2005.

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Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, in Oscar de la Renta and a vintage dress, arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, celebrating The House of Chanel, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2005.

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Ashley Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, AngloMania, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1st, 2006.

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Ashley Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, AngloMania, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1st, 2006.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, AngloMania, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1st, 2006.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, AngloMania, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1st, 2006.

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Ashley Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Poiret: King of Fashion, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 8th, 2007.

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Ashley Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Poiret: King of Fashion, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 8th, 2007.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Poiret: King of Fashion, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 8th, 2007.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Poiret: King of Fashion, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 8th, 2007.

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Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen , with Christian Louboutin, arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2005.

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Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2005.

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Ashley Olsen, in Dolce & Gabbana, arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4th, 2009.

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Ashley Olsen, in Dolce & Gabbana, arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4th, 2009.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4th, 2009.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4th, 2009.

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Ashley Olsen, in Christian Dior, arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2011.

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Ashley Olsen, in Christian Dior, arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2011.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2011.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, The Model as Muse, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2nd, 2011.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible conversations, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7th, 2012.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible conversations, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7th, 2012.

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Ashley Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6th, 2013.

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Ashley Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6th, 2013.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6th, 2013.

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Mary Kate Olsen arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6th, 2013.

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Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Charles James: Beyond Fashion, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5th, 2014.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”, the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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