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The 15 Best Vintage Fashion Moments From the Met Gala

With the 2024 Met Gala theme “Sleeping Beauties” on the horizon, prepare for a deluge of dazzling archival looks.

The cultural obsession with archival fashion hits its peak every year at the Met Gala as celebrities and their stylists raid the annals of legendary fashion houses to pull unforgettable looks.

While the practice has gained popularity in recent years thanks to Gen Z fashion favorites like Lily-Rose Depp and Addison Rae, it’s been going strong for the past two decades. Sartorial heavyweights like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Chloë Sevigny are among many who have dipped back into the archives for fashion’s biggest night — sometimes even pulling from their own personal closet.

We’re willing to bet the 2024 Met Gala continues the tradition, especially considering this year’s theme, “Sleeping Beauties” is primed for rediscovering archival fashion. As the first Monday in May approaches, see NYLON’s favorite vintage moments at the Met Gala over the last 20 years.

Selma Blair, 2005

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In a vintage Chanel gown with golden embroidery.

Kirsten Dunst, 2007

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In a vintage Saint Laurent gown with a flapper-style floral headband.

Victoria Beckham, 2008

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In a sheer, beaded vintage Giorgio Armani coat dress.

Chloë Sevigny, 2011

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In a custom vintage McQueen gown pulled straight from her own closet.

Anne Hathaway, 2013

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In a sheer, vintage Valentino dress by the side of the designer himself.

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, 2015

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Coordinating goths in vintage John Galliano for Christian Dior.

Tory Burch, 2016

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In a vintage Balenciaga gown with a massive bow detail.

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, 2018

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In vintage Paco Rabanne dresses for the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination” Met Gala.

Lily-Rose Depp, 2019

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In a Chanel couture dress from spring/summer 1992, originally worn on the catwalk by Christy Turlington.

Addison Rae, 2021

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In a scarlet Tom Ford-era Gucci gown from autumn/winter 2003.

Emily Ratajkowski, 2022

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In a beaded Versace dress from spring/summer 1992.

Adut Akech, 2022

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In a Christian Lacroix couture gown from autumn/winter 2003.

Nicole Kidman, 2023

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In a Chanel couture gown from 2004, which she first wore in a Chanel No. 5 commercial that same year.

Penélope Cruz, 2023

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In a Chanel spring 1988 haute couture bridal gown — the oldest look of the evening — first worn by Karl Lagerfeld’s close friend and muse Inés de la Fressange.

Yara Shahidi, 2023

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In custom Jean Paul Gaultier from 2008, complete with a siren-approved shell bodice.