The Best Black Met Gala Looks of All Time

The Best Black Met Gala Looks of All Time

Met Gala 2023 has come and gone, so we decided to take a trip down memory lane. From Naomi Campbell to Rihanna, Black stars stunned on those iconic red stairs.

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The Met Gala 2023 is in the books! We saw our favorite stars climbing those iconic stairs. Let’s take a look back at some of the best Black looks over the years!

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Anok Yai- 2023

Anok Yai- 2023

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Model Anok Yai shut the Met Gala 2023 down with this gold and silver mini dress. This is possibly one of the most stunning looks we’ve ever seen on a carpet!

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Brian Tyree Henry- 2023

Brian Tyree Henry- 2023

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Everybody thank Brian Tyree Henry for stepping out for the men at the 2023 Met Gala! This look is MAJOR!

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Michaela Coel- 2023

Michaela Coel- 2023

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Michaela Coel was lucky enough to land a custom dress by Schiaparelli for the 2023 Met Gala. She slayed this gold and heavily beaded gown, cornrows, and the face card that never declines!

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Naomi Campbell- 1995

Naomi Campbell- 1995

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell wore this Versace Haute Couture column gown to the 1995 Met Gala. Stunning!

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Andre Leon Talley- 2011

Andre Leon Talley- 2011

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Former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley mastered the art of the kaftan wearing this bold blue piece over a navy suit and red loafers!

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Janelle Monáe- 2018

Janelle Monáe- 2018

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Janelle Monáe wore this ensemble by Marc Jacobs to the 2018 Met Gala. That hat was all the rage!

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Tracee Ellis Ross- 2018

Tracee Ellis Ross- 2018

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Tracee Ellis Ross’ iconic Barbie pink outfit for the 2018 Met Gala was created by Michael Kors!

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Ashton Sanders- 2022

Ashton Sanders- 2022

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Moonlight and I Wanna Dance With Somebody’s Ashton Sanders nailed the Gilded Glamor theme for the 2022 Met Gala with his vampire look. How cool!

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Diddy- 2005

Diddy- 2005

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Diddy arrived on the 2005 Met Gala carpet for the House of Chanel theme in this cream, striped suit and gray overcoat. Classic and timeless!

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Rihanna- 2017

Rihanna- 2017

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Rihanna was the best dressed of the evening at the 2017 Met Gala wearing this avant garde look by the evening’s honoree, Rei Kawakubo. Her makeup became a trend, inspiring many people to use excessive amounts of blush on their faces!

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Usher- 2015

Usher- 2015

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Usher wore this perfectly tailored double breasted black suit to the 2015 Met Gala. He used a cane due to a foot operation he had before the event.

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Solange Knowles- 2015

Solange Knowles- 2015

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Solange wore this amazing mini dress by Giles with pleats in a fit-and-flare silhouette for the 2015 Met Gala!

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Iman- 2021

Iman- 2021

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Diana Ross- 1981

Diana Ross- 1981

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Diana Ross wore this feather gown for the 1981 Met Gala! She even wore it again to the 2014 American Music Awards.

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Odell Beckham Jr.- 2022

Odell Beckham Jr.- 2022

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NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. wore this green, suede two-piece set with an attached durag-hoodie to the 2022 Met Gala. His necklace was worth a whopping $650,000!

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Mary J. Blige- 2017

Mary J. Blige- 2017

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Mary J. Blige showed off a hot new blonde haircut paired with this black lacey La Perla Haute Couture gown for the 2017 Met Gala! Okay, Mary!

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Dwyane Wade- 2022

Dwyane Wade- 2022

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Dwyane Wade ditched a shirt and showed off his abs under this crispy, white Versace suit with gold detailing for the 2022 Met Gala!

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Beyoncé- 2014

Beyoncé- 2014

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Beyoncé wore this beautiful Diana Ross-inspired black gown to the 2014 Met Gala, the same night of the infamous elevator fight between her husband, Jay-Z, and sister, Solange. What a night!

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Alton Mason- 2022

Alton Mason- 2022

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Model and actor Alton Mason wore custom Prada for the 2022 Met Gala. The cape and fierce cateye makeup is to die for!

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Eve- 2003

Eve- 2003

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Eve wore this black, timeless Gucci gown to the 2003 Met Gala. The look perfectly hugs her body and shows off her tattoos!

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Miguel- 2015

Miguel- 2015

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For the “China: Through the Looking Glass” theme at the 2015 Met Gala, singer Miguel wore this bright red Michael Kors suit and black boots.

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Kerry Washington- 2022

Kerry Washington- 2022

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Actress Kerry Washington showed off some leg at the 2022 Met Gala in this elegant, sheer black Tory Burch gown!

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Ciara- 2019

Ciara- 2019

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Ciara wore a Diana Ross-inspired, green custom Peter Dundas gown and a humongous afro to the 2019 Met Gala! She was one of the stars of the night!

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Cardi B- 2019

Cardi B- 2019

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Rapper Cardi B wore a stunning Thome Browne outfit for the 2019 Met Gala. The outfit was made with $250,000 worth of rubies and 30,000 feathers, and took 2,000 hours to create.

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Naomi Campbell- 2019

Naomi Campbell- 2019

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For the 2019 Met Gala “camp” theme, supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a lilac Valentino Couture gown. The gown featured several textures and details, perfect for the busy theme!

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Lupita Nyong’o- 2016

Lupita Nyong’o- 2016

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o’s green Calvin Klein dress was absolutely smashing, but her hairstyle was all the talk! She had her hair in an updo inrpired by Nina Simone and traditional African hairstyles.

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Future- 2017

Future- 2017

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Rapper Future wore a Rei Kawakubo-inspired custom suit by H&M for the 2017 Met Gala. This might the coolest he’s ever looked!

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Cynthia Erivo- 2018

Cynthia Erivo- 2018

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Singer and actress Cynthia Erivo’s “Heavenly Bodies” theme for the 2018 Met Gala included Sistine Chapel design nails and bejeweled eyebrows! Her velvet gown was created by Valentino.

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Christian Combs- 2018

Christian Combs- 2018

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Diddy’s son and twin, Christian Combs, rocked the 2018 “Heavenly Bodies” theme wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria couture suit and crown!

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Yara Shahidi- 2021

Yara Shahidi- 2021

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Yara Shahidi was drop dead gorgeous paying homage to Jospehine Baker with this Dior look for the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashiontheme at the 2021 Met Gala.

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Jeremy Pope- 2022

Jeremy Pope- 2022

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Actor Jeremy Pope wore this leather ensemble by Dion Lee for the 2022 Met Gala! He simply never goes wrong when it comes to a red carpet!

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Cardi B- 2022

Cardi B- 2022

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Cardi B’s 2022 “Gilded Glamor” look by Versace was a hit at the Met Gala! Her gown took over 20 people to create over 1,300 hours.

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Dapper Dan- 2019

Dapper Dan- 2019

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Designer Dapper Dan stepped out for his first Met Gala in 2019 wearing a red embroidered tuxedo coat, white ruffle shirt, black slacks, and shiny, short-heeled shoes! Looking good, Dapper Dan!

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Doja Cat- 2023

Doja Cat- 2023

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Doja Cat killed it in this Oscar De La Renta look as Karl Lagerfeld’s cat! Her fantastic face prosthetics were done by Malina Stearns.

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Alton Mason- 2023

Alton Mason- 2023

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Alton Mason paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld by wearing a bridal-inspired outfit. Lagerfeld was known for closing his fashion shows with a bridal look. Bravo!

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Halle Bailey- 2023

Halle Bailey- 2023

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Halle Bailey looked like a true mermaid in this gown by Gucci! Also, props to her hair stylist for transforming her locs into this straight bob!

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