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The Most Memorable Met Gala Mens Fashion Looks

The Most Memorable Met Gala Mens Fashion Looks

This Monday May 6th is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala this years theme is ‘Camp’ Notes On Camp Fashion: and it might be the most-watched red carpet on earth. It’s way more interesting than the Oscars. It’s more serious than the MTV Video Music Awards. And it’s certainly more entertaining than those two combined. Some of it has to do with watching A-listers from every walk of life (movies, music, high society) in the same place. But most of it has to do with seeing how guests attack—or don’t—a given year’s theme. Most famous guys—or, more accurately, their stylists—do right by the black tie (or, on occasion, white tie) dress code, if they play it safe. Then there are the menswear mavericks, the guys who either don’t care, or care so much that their Met Gala fits defy dress code, convention, and sometimes description (armor? robot arms? robot armor arms?).

Here are the men who honored the night’s fashion-first ethos through the years, Internet comments be damned.

Marc Jacobs, 2012

That year's exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada Impossible Conversations  To honor two designers who didn'tdon't play by...


That year’s exhibit: “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations”

To honor two designers who didn’t/don’t play by fashion’s rules in their respective bodies of work, Jacobs threw on a Comme des Garçons lace polo dress, some boxer shorts (thoughtful), and Pilgrim shoes, which we’re sure were…comfortable.

Kanye West, 2016

That year's exhibit Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology  We're fairly certain that this is the first time...

That year’s exhibit: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

We’re fairly certain that this is the first time exposed upper-man thigh hit the Met Gala red carpet. But we know for sure that this Balmain denim jacket is the most labor-intensive and, probably, expensive one ever made.

Diddy, 2017

That year's exhibit Rei KawakuboComme des Garons  There is only one man alive with enough swagger to pull off this look...

That year’s exhibit: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons”

There is only one man alive with enough swagger to pull off this look, and his name is Diddy. You want avant-garde black tie? Diddy will give you avant-garde black tie.

Alexander McQueen, 2006

That year's exhibit AngloMania Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion  In 2006 the gala celebrated Tradition and...

That year’s exhibit: “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion”In 2006, the gala celebrated

“Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion,” and naturally the reigning king of transgressive fashion wore the most traditional outfit he could, in Clan Macqueen tartan to boot.

Jared Leto, 2018

That year's exhibit Heavenly Bodies Fashion and the Catholic Imagination  Jesus fresco but make it Gucci.

That year’s exhibit: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

Jesus fresco, but make it Gucci.

That year's exhibit Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology  Not other men's look in recent Met Gala history has...

That year’s exhibit: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

Not other men’s look in recent Met Gala history has caused as much simultaneous Internet combustion as when Malik stepped onto the museum’s steps in these Versace metal armor/robot arms. Whether you think it’s brilliant or you hate it, you have to give Malik credit for playing it anything but safe this year.

André Leon Talley, 2004

That year's exhibit Dangerous Liaisons Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century  We're never not in awe of Mr. Talley's...

That year’s exhibit: “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century”

We’re never not in awe of Mr. Talley’s ability to convincingly pull off a flowing cape, a drapery caftan, an emperor-level coat, or some amalgam of all three. We can all learn a thing or two about owning the shit out of our wardrobes like Talley does.

Will.i.am, 2016

That year's exhibit Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology  Hardly surprising but still worth mentioning...

That year’s exhibit: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

Hardly surprising but still worth mentioning, because in 2016 Will.i.am found a way to out-Will.i.am himself with this hat/visor/post-cataract-surgery sunglass situation.

Justin Bieber, 2015

That year's exhibit China Through the Looking Glass  We don't expect Bieber to adhere to the rules all any of the time...

That year’s exhibit: “China: Through the Looking Glass

We don’t expect Bieber to adhere to the rules all of the time, which is why this dragon-embroidered Balmain jacket stands out, even if it was a little too on the nose for that year’s theme.

Chadwick Boseman, 2018

That year's exhibit Heavenly Bodies Fashion and the Catholic Imagination  Just three months earlier Boseman made history...

That year’s exhibit: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

Just three months earlier, Boseman made history as the first man to wear Givenchy Haute Couture on the Oscars red carpet. While we didn’t expect him to turn up at the Met Gala in something run-of-the-mill, we also didn’t expect the Black Panther star to arrive at his first Met Gala so poped out.

Zachary Quinto, 2013

That year's exhibit Punk Chaos to Couture  The challenge to bring punk and formal wear together in 2013 wasn't an easy...

That year’s exhibit: “Punk: Chaos to Couture”

The challenge to bring punk and formal wear together in 2013 wasn’t an easy one for attendees, but at least Quinto played it smart: no sleeves and one blue pseudo-Mohawk.

That year's exhibit Rei KawakuboComme des Garons  The year the youngest Smith cut his hair...then carried it as an...

That year’s exhibit: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons”

The year the youngest Smith cut his hair…then carried it as an accessory to the Met Gala.

So pay attention on Monday to see the nights most elegant and crazy fashions on the Met Gala Red Carpet

By Samantha Hunter


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