From Gold Gowns to Gladiator Sandals: Taylor Swift’s Met Gala Style Through the Years


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The last time Taylor Swift hit the Met Gala red carpet was 2016 and she made quite the shoe statement. That year was a big one for the singer. She was a co-chair at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s 2016 gala, themed “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Style-wise — this was her edgiest era yet.

For the occasion, she wore custom Louis Vuitton from head to toe. Swift opted for gladiator sandals by the French fashion house paired with a silver, cut-out minidress.

She also sported a platinum blonde bob with a dark lip. This year marked her biggest Met Gala shoe moment, as her high heeled sandals were the star of her ensemble with straps wrapped around her legs, just hitting below her knees.

Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York.
Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York.

In prior years, Swift kept her footwear hidden. In 2008, she attended the Met Gala for the first time in a gold Badgley Mischka gown and shoes.

Taylor Swift Met Gala Red Carpet
Swift wore a Badgley Mischka gold dress and shoes in 2008.

In 2010, Swift embraced the theme of “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” wearing a dress by American designer Ralph Lauren. Then in both 2011 and 2013, Swift wore J. Mendel creations. For her shoes, the “Tortured Poets Department” singer opted for a pair of Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps in 2011, and in 2013, a pair of black satin Givenchy sandals.

Taylor SwiftGilles Mendel attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2011 Costume Institute Gala featuring the opening of the exhibit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Swift wears J. Mendel. (Photo by Kristen Somody Whalen/WWD/Penske Media via Getty Images)
Taylor Swift attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2011 Costume Institute Gala featuring the opening of the exhibit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Taylor Swift attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
Taylor Swift attends the Costume Institute Gala for the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

And lastly, in 2014, Swift wore a pale pink Oscar de la Renta gown that covered her Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)
Taylor Swift attends the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.

This year, it’s still unknown if Swift will make an appearance after an eight-year hiatus.

On Monday, the 2024 Met Gala will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in celebration of the Costume Institute’s new exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” The evenings co-chairs include Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and Chris Hemsworth, along with Anna Wintour. Shou Chew, CEO of TikTok, and Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe, will serve as honorary chairs.

The star-studded guest list is encouraged to adhere to this year’s theme, “The Garden of Time,” which was inspired by the 1962 short story by J.G. Ballard. In it, the author explores the concept of preservation using flowers as a symbol of beauty, youth and innocence.

According to The Metropolitan Museum, the exhibition — on view from May 10 through Sept. 2 — will showcase approximately 250 garments and accessories that will be connected visually through nature, which also serves as a metaphor for the transience of fashion.



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