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
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
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
This fascinating lace dress from Commes des Garcons caused all sorts of controversy at the 2012 Met Gala.
4. Alicia Keys, 2004
All white suits are tricky; all white suits with sparkles are impossible.
5. Katy Perry, 2010
Patently Katy Perry, which is excellent in my opinion, but lots of folks at the time weren’t so sure.
6. Gwyneth Paltrow, 2013
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
On the bright side, Anna Wintour has always wanted to invite Peter Pan to her events.
8. Beyonce, 2013
Was Beyonce’s fiery look from last year gorgeous or absurd?
9. Chloe Sevigny, 2012
It’s kinda like your sixth grade locker decorations, right?
10. Anja Rubik, 2012
So. Much. Thigh.
11. Karolina Kurkova, 2006
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
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
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!