The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses Of The Last Decade

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

With the memory of awards season’s fashion triumphs and tragedies fading into the backs of our minds, the May 5th date of the 2014 Met Gala–also known as the Costume Institute Ball–quickly approaches. Last year’s “PUNK: Chaos To Couture” theme was one that most celebrities–you know, wealthy and famous folks with heavy wallets and weakened grasps on reality–did not execute particularly well, but 2014′s theme is Charles James: Beyond Fashion, so we anticipate things will be going much better on the Met Gala red carpet this year. But before we get a chance to find out next Monday, let us take a tour of Met Gala red carpets past to examine the most controversial and disliked looks from the past decade.

1. January Jones, 2010

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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I’m not entirely sure what is going on here. The theme was “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” but this seems more appropriate for never wearing ever.

2. Kim Kardashian, 2013

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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Who could forget this look, as well as she and Kanye‘s presence at the 2013 Met Ball? Even among our own team, we had arguments about this (Liz likes it, I think it could have been better had the neckline been different, and Jenni thinks it looks like Mrs. Doubtfire’s couch).

3. Marc Jacobs, 2012

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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This fascinating lace dress from Commes des Garcons caused all sorts of controversy at the 2012 Met Gala.

4. Alicia Keys, 2004

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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All white suits are tricky; all white suits with sparkles are impossible.

5. Katy Perry, 2010

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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Patently Katy Perry, which is excellent in my opinion, but lots of folks at the time weren’t so sure.

6. Gwyneth Paltrow, 2013

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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In possibly the most Barbie-like interpretation of “punk” that one could have come up with, Paltrow opted to wear this hot pink Valentino gown last year.

7. Madonna, 2009

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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On the bright side, Anna Wintour has always wanted to invite Peter Pan to her events.

8. Beyonce, 2013

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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Was Beyonce’s fiery look from last year gorgeous or absurd?

9. Chloe Sevigny, 2012

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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It’s kinda like your sixth grade locker decorations, right?

10. Anja Rubik, 2012

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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So. Much. Thigh.

11. Karolina Kurkova, 2006

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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Cropped army-green jacket plus long purple gown? That feels like an odd choice, to say the least. The theme was AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion, but it feels primarily like the latter category.

12. Karolina Kurkova, 2005

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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Two offenses: this time, it’s personal. Sort of. It was potentially personal to Chanel as that was the theme’s tribute in 2005, but…it’s just sort of peculiar instead.

13. Miley Cyrus, 2013

The 13 Most Controversial Met Gala Dresses From The Past 10 Years

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Weird and fun for the “PUNK: Chaos To Couture” theme in our opinion, but it was very divisive in how critics responded.

Which of these were your favorites and which do you wish never saw the light of day (or the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s soft glow)? Let us know in the comments!

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    • Jenni

      You have to give Madonna credit for never thinking she looks anything besides AMAZING. There’s no doubt in her face that she’s killing it.

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      I like Kim’s dress!

    • J_Doe5686

      I like dress #1! looks really cool and cute!

    • capoupascap

      I like Gwyneths dress. And I would like Anja Rubiks if the thigh slit was lower….I’m assuming she has the equivalent to 2 rolls of fashion tape holding that dress in place. But I like the top. And why was January wearing so much eyeshadow? I finally tore my eyes away from that though and I like her dress.

      • JennyWren

        The only problem I have with Gwyneth’s dress is that the material looks a bit flimsy on her upper half. But I don’t think it’s the worst concept at all.

    • JennyWren

      It’s the matching accessories that kill Beyonce’s outfit. I mean, I’m not especially enamored of the dress itself, but I can see it working with some simple strappy heels and a big gold cuff. Also is that belt attached or what? And her hair should be up and enormous. Clearly, if I were her stylist there would have been a *lot* of last-minute changes in the limo en route.

      • capoupascap

        Agreed! I hate the matchy matchy boots especially

      • So close

        Solid black gloves and boots (maybe lose the gloves and put in gold bracelets), a softer black without the crocodile texture for the bodice, hair up, gold collar and none of that cheap, forever 21 waist belt crap and she’d look fierce as fuck. It’s so close and yet so far.

    • loser_sneeze

      Miley had one of the few ensembles that even got close to the Punk theme that year. I thought it was pretty rad.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Agreed!

      • Krissy Aldrich

        agreed, since punk was the theme of the evening I think it was a good outfit, she pulled it off without looking like she was trying too hard

    • Pam

      Totally love Madonna in 2009, but last year also. She won

    • Dee

      Why is that news? There is so much beauty in fashion,
      but,
      there is no limit to bad taste, including among critics.