“Garden of Time” Met Gala 2024 Fashion: The Best and Worst Dressed

Last night was fashion’s most anticipated event and it didn’t disappoint. Another Met Gala is in the books and it has left behind a blooming botanical trail of unforgettable moments and breathtaking couture. I took a look at the Met Gala 2024 fashion on the red carpet to see best dressed celebrities.

The Met Gala 2024 Fashion Theme

The theme, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” examines “how technology can breathe new life into garments that are too old and fragile to be worn again,” according to Vogue. Guests like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Demi Moore, arrived in an assortment of outfits inspired by “The Garden of Time” theme. With nods to J.G. Ballard’s story, attendees blended old-world charm with futuristic flair on the red carpet. Themes of floral, water, land and even darkness made themselves known in the biggest fashion extravaganza to date. 

Every dress has a story, but I can’t possibly write about them all, nor do I love every gown. But so many of them did take my breath away. 


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Met Gala 2024 Fashion: The Floral, The Dark and The Ugly

Too much garden, not enough goth? Or the other way around? We had both at this year’s Met Gala and some of the fashionistas couldn’t decide which direction they wanted to go. From Emma Chamberlain’s “decaying” gown to Kelsea Ballerini’s floral wonderland, here are the most standout looks from the 2024 Met Gala. 

Best Dressed: They Got The Memo 

These were some of the most unforgettable looks of the night from stars who obviously understood the assignment. 

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Demi Moore in Harris Reed

Demi Moore’s stunning look not only had floral on it but it was custom made from a 60-year-old panel of silk wallpaper. 

met gala 2024 fashion Lana del Ray in Alexander McQueen by Sean McGirr
Lana del Ray in Alexander McQueen by Sean McGirr

She’s looks like a deer in a mystical forest, but Lana del Ray’s stunning Alexander McQueen piece actually references an archival look from the late designer’s fall 2006 collection. The dress is corseted in silk, double georgette and tulle hand-embroidered with hammered bronze-bullion hawthorn branches, inspired by the sculptures of Swiss artist Alberto Giacommetti. 

met gala 2024 fashion Sarah Jessica Parker in Richard Quinn and Philip Treacy hat.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Richard Quinn and Philip Treacy hat.

People magazine calls it Carrie Bradshaw, but designer Richard Quinn calls it birdcage. This stunning crystal-emblazoned dress with stunning Philip Treacy headpiece helps SJP mark her first return to the Met Gala since 2022. 

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Mindy Kaling in Gaurav Gupta

Mindy Kaling didn’t even wear color but it’s still the best she’s ever looked. While it doesn’t seem very “nature-like,” Kaling noted that the dress was called “The Melting Flower of Time.” 

met gala 2024 fashion Harris Reed in Nina Ricci
Harris Reed in Nina Ricci

I don’t usually feature designers on the red carpet, but this is a stunning look. 

Zendaya in Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano
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Zendaya in Givenchy 

I don’t remember ever seeing one star in two different fashion looks on the red carpet, but hey, Zendaya does what she wants when it comes to fashion and she doesn’t disappoint. She’s also a co-chair at the Met Gala this year. 

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Gigi Hadid in Thom Browne

Gigi Hadid may be young, but it’s certainly the best she’s ever looked.

Brie Larson in Prada 

It’s not as extravagant as the gown on Lana del Ray, but there’s something about this sculpted dress on Brie Larson that I find completely stunning. And in a departure from the more “garden” looks, Larson’s Prada dress marks the passage of time. “Sand falling through an hourglass, the changing colors of a golden hour sunset, and the dress itself is made through the dedication of the atelier—giving their time to this craft,” Larson said. 

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Jennifer Lopez in Schiaparelli Couture

A little too much highlighter on JLo, but she stuns in a nearly see-through gown with stone embellishments. 

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Taylor Russell in Loewe

Loewe certainly outdid itself for this year’s Met Gala, dressing the likes of Anna Wintour, Ayo Edebiri and Taylor Russell, Vogue’s red carpet risktaker

Met Gala 2024 Floral Fashion and  Nature Themes 

Jessica Biel 
Jordan Roth in Valentino 
Jessica Serfaty in Dolce & Gabbana with Leonardo Del Vecchio
Ayo Edebiri in Loewe
Riley Keough
Nicki Minaj in Marni 
Kim Kardashian in Margiela by John Galliano 
Rebecca Hall in Danielle Frankel
Kelsea Ballerini in Michael Kors 
Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne 
Amanda Seyfried in Chaumet 
Greta Lee in Loewe
Anna Wintour in Loewe met gala 2024
Anna Wintour in Loewe
Eiza Gonzalez in Del Core met ga;a 2024
Eiza Gonzalez in Del Core 

A different way to showcase the floral theme. 

Wet Looks

Here are some wet looks, that remind me of water in the best way possible. 

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Elle Fanning in Balmain 
Kylie Minogue in Diesel  met gala 2024
Kylie Minogue in Diesel 
Gabrielle Union in Michael Kors met glas 2024
Gabrielle Union in Michael Kors 

Gabrielle Union in her mermaid moment. 

Tyla in Balmain
Tyla in Balmain

At first I was going to put this dress on the worst dressed list. But look at it. It’s so beautifully sculpted and it looks exactly like she’s covered in sand. I don’t know if this Balmain gown could have worked on an awards ceremony red carpet, but it’s perfect for the theme of this Met Gala and I’m pretty enthralled. 

Sky Blues

And then there was the beautiful sky blue. 

Naomi Campbell in Burberry  met gala 2024
Naomi Campbell in Burberry 
met gla 2024 Sydney Sweeney in Miu Miu 
Sydney Sweeney in Miu Miu 
Lea Michele in Rodarte met gala 2024
Lea Michele in Rodarte
Rachel Zegler in blue Dior gown met gala 2024
Rachel Zegler in Dior 
Uma Thurman in Tory Burch Met Gala 2024
Uma Thurman in Tory Burch


The Dark Side: Black at The Met Gala 2024

When I think garden, I think color. I don’t think black. Therefore, I wasn’t a fan of the black looks at this year’s event, which unfortunately represented death, decay, and darkness for me. I can’t ignore some of these stunning looks, though. So I’m going to post them below. 

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Cardi B in Windowsen
Meg Ryan in black Michael Kors met gala 2024
Meg Ryan in Michael Kors
Penelope Cruz in black Chanel gown met gala 2024
Penelope Cruz in Chanel 
Emma Chamberlain in Jean Paul Gaultier met gala
Emma Chamberlain in Jean Paul Gaultier 
Rosalia in back Dior met gala 2024
Rosalia in Dior


The Worst Dressed at The Met Gala 2024

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J Harrison Ghee

This look could have been something. Instead, it looks comic and not in a good way. 

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Doja Cat in Vetements

I think Doja tried to be experimental with her wet t-shirt look but it certainly didn’t do her any favors. I expected more. 

Amelia Gray Hamlin in yellow Undercover short dress met gala
Amelia Gray Hamlin in Undercover 

Not sure what’s going on here with this blow-up bottom. I don’t like it.

Lizzo in Weinsanto  met gala 2024
Lizzo in Weinsanto 

Big ugh to Lizzo and her “vase dress.” 

Do you have a favorite celebrity look on the red carpet at the Met Gala 2024?

– Simona Shemer 

Photos: Red Carpet Fashion Awards, People, EOnline, Vogue 

You may like to read more of Simona’s celebrity style posts like The Sporty Chic Trend: How Celebrities Over 50 Are Rocking It! and How To Rock The Oversized Fashion Trend Like the Celebrities.

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