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10 Times J. Lo Shut Down The Met Gala Red Carpet

Naked dresses, cape gowns, and more.

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Jennifer Lopez's Met Gala looks are legendary, from her lace dress in 2004 to her naked dress in 201...
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After postponement, cancelation, and a myriad of questions, the 2022 Met Gala is officially right around the corner. And as the industry’s top designers, stars, and icons prepare to celebrate fashion’s biggest night in style this upcoming Monday, we’re taking a look back through the archives at one of our favorite attendees: Jennifer Lopez.

J. Lo has been attending the Met Gala since 2004, and each red carpet look is more memorable than the last. From dramatic gowns to crystal embellishments to vibrant reds and unique prints, there’s a reason Lopez is invited back by Anna Wintour season after season: she always understands the assignment.

This year’s Met Gala — which will take place on Monday, May 2 — is centered around the theme “Gilded Glamour.” Raising funds for the Metropolitan Museum’s annual exhibit, the night will serve as a means to celebrate modern American fashion and the designers who have brought it to life over the decades, from Oscar de la Renta to Christopher John Rogers.

As fans wait in anticipation to see if J. Lo will be in attendance — and, more importantly, which designer she’ll wear if so — let’s take a look back at her 10 best outfits through the years.


2004: “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century”

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Lopez stunned at her first Met Gala in a black lacy gown accessorized with glowing skin and a red lip. It was bold, fitted, sexy, and powerful — everything J. Lo stands for.


2007: “Poiret: King of Fashion”

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Celebrating the theme “Poiret: King of Fashion,” J. Lo arrived at the 2007 Met Gala wearing this shimmering Marchesa dress, with a Roger Vivier clutch to match.


2010: “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity”

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At the 2010 Met Gala, Lopez brought all the glamour, choosing this embellished Zuhair Murad gown, a more over-the-top look compared to her 2007 ensemble.


2011: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”

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In honor of Alexander McQueen’s enduring impact on the fashion world, J. Lo attended the 2011 Met Gala dressed in this bold red Gucci moment.


2013: “Punk: Chaos to Couture”

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A huge jump away from J. Lo’s previous Met Gala looks, the star celebrated “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” in this sleek, sexy, and perfectly fitted cheetah print dress by Michael Kors.


2015: “China: Through the Looking Glass”

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After 2013, J. Lo’s Met Gala looks got progressively better and bolder. Under the theme “China: Through the Looking Glass,” she slipped into this now-iconic Versace dress, bringing fire to the red carpet like only she can.


2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between”

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In 2017, Lopez went for a more relaxed, traditionally elegant option. This aqua gown from Valentino flowed like a soft wave down the steps of the Met.


2018: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

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Few things were more heavenly than the 2018 Met Gala theme. Topping that short list is the ensemble J. Lo wore to it. Designed by Balmain, this entire look is a head-to-toe serve, from the beading to the black feather train.


2019: “Camp: Notes on Fashion”

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Lopez’s interpretation of camp at the 2019 Met Gala meant taking her previous show-stopping similar gowns from years prior and completely outdoing them. Wearing Atelier Versace, Lopez was bold and beyond beautiful.


2021: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”

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Opting for a textured Ralph Lauren look, Lopez went full-on wild west. Honoring the theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” her outfit paid homage to The Navajo Nation, the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States.

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