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9 Unforgettable 2000s-Inspired Met Gala Looks

Slip dresses, naked gowns, and more.

The best 2000s Met Gala fashion looks of all time run the gamut, from Jennifer Lopez's halter gown i...
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It might not be the first Monday in May, but the Met Gala 2021 is upon us. Broken into two parts occurring in both September and next May, this year’s Costume Institute exhibit opening coincides with Fashion Week in New York City — meaning it’s about to be a fashion-filled week from the runway to the red carpet.

And it’s a sure bet that 2000s style will be alive and well at this year’s fashion prom — after all, the decade has infused itself into the current style lexicon more so than any other at the moment, so there’s no reason that the gala’s glamorous looks won’t also follow suit.

What’s more, this year’s theme is In America: An Anthology of Fashion, so designers will be looking toward patriotic, Americana-focused looks for the red carpet, and many of those styles have 2000s influences.

Although this year’s looks might be particularly naughties-focused, that doesn’t mean prior years didn’t see their fair share as well. Ahead, find the best 2000s-inspired outfits at the Met Gala, from Jennifer Lopez’s halter gown to Hailey Bieber’s visible thong.

Jennifer Lopez, 2011

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Two trends that defined the 2000s were cut-outs and halter necklines, and Jennifer Lopez merged them both brilliantly with her Gucci gown at the 2011 Met Gala.

Rihanna, 2014

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Rihanna took the baby tee look to the red carpet, making the casual 2000s off-duty trend a bit more dressed up but just as effortless. At the 2014 Met Gala, the artist chose a long-sleeve crop top and gathered maxi skirt from Stella McCartney that brought back visions from the early aughts.

Beyoncé, 2015

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Beyoncé chose a totally sheer embellished “naked dress” for the 2015 Met Gala: China, Through The Looking Glass. Designed by Givenchy, it continued the popular 2000s trend of barely-there, all-over sheer designs.

Bella Hadid, 2017

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Bella Hadid went for the 2000s catsuit look when dressing for the 2017 Met Gala, choosing a knit unitard from Alexander Wang with a down-to-there low back and sheer lace knit quality.

Zoe Kravitz, 2018

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The 2000s were all about showing a little bit of skin, be it a midriff, a shoulder, or a leg. For the 2018 Met Gala, Zoe Kravitz brought back the up-to-there slit with an asymmetrical black lace gown.

Kim Kardashian, 2018

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The early aughts were all about boudoir-inspired structure, like a bustier top, form-fitting simplicity, and sparkle. Kim Kardashian brought all that and more in 2018 with this sequined gold gown by Versace.

Hailey Bieber, 2019

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One of the biggest 2000s throwbacks on the Met Gala red carpet came in 2019, when Hailey Bieber chose a light pink turtleneck gown by Alexander Wang. It boasted not only a totally open back but a built-in visible thong with an embellished “Wang” at its juncture.

Lady Gaga, 2019

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In one of three looks that Lady Gaga debuted while making her way up the Metropolitan Museum stairs in 2019, she turned heads in a bright pink satin slip dress-style gown that existed in every chic woman’s closet throughout the 2000s.

Kylie Jenner, 2019

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The aughts were a time that forever will be known for its “baby” hues, popularizing pale blush, slate blue, light sage green, and more. Kylie Jenner’s Versace look in 2019 certainly harkened back to the early 2000s with its vibrant lavender feathers.