Music & Culture

Musicians at the Met Gala: Best and Worst Dressed

By: Alainia Conrad//

The 2017 Met Gala took place on Monday, May 1, ushering in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s latest exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. Kawakubo founded the avant-garde label, known for its asymmetrical, fantastical designs that appear as wearable art pieces.

Although dressing for the theme is not a requirement for attending the Met Gala, it is often expected, so this year many were looking forward to seeing attendees in more radical designs, taking risks and paying homage to Rei Kawakubo. However, this year’s gala was somewhat of a disappointment, as many interpreted “taking risks” as baring skin à la Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid’s nearly nude looks, or payed homage with a blunt bob similar to Kawakubo’s, although paired with a rather boring dress. An event with such an innovative designer at its center is no place for Calvin Klein’s minimalist designs, pastel-colored Prada or Zac Posen’s brand of classic glamour.

Musicians were some of the few Met Gala guests who actually followed the theme and arrived in avant-garde looks, although other artists missed the mark.

Rihanna was unsurprisingly the best dressed of the night in a Comme des Garçons design, complete with perfect styling.


Katy Perry, a gala co-host and one of the first to arrive, wore a red tulle Maison Margiela gown with a matching veil and decorative headdress.


Solange wore a black Thom Browne puffer coat with a train and ice skate-inspired heels.


Jaden Smith wore an all-black Louis Vuitton look, accessorized with a grill, double chains and a handful of his recently-shorn dreadlocks.


Zendaya had one of the best looks of the night in a parrot-print Dolce & Gabbana gown and voluminous curls. She certainly should not be labeled as “worst dressed” because she looked beautiful, just completely ignored the theme. Zendaya should have given up her position as the face of Dolce & Gabbana for a night.


Madonna, however, definitely deserves the title of “worst dressed” for her camouflage gown, complete with military-inspired cargo pockets, straps and netting. The look was designed by Jeremy Scott, who was also her date, so I don’t expect anything less than unoriginal tacky trash that would be more at home in a Halloween costume store than the red carpet.