The Met Gala! An event where artists mingle with athletes; where people sing atop tables and huddle in bathrooms; where supermodels dance around a pharaoh’s tomb—and thousands upon thousands of pictures are taken, many by the attendees themselves. Here, we’ve gathered some of the very best, from a time capsule–y portrait of two bygone power couples to Kylie Jenner’s infamous 2017 bathroom shot—and Elizabeth Chambers’s canny alternative to it. Scroll on to revisit the fun.
2022: Rosalía On the Road
2022: Team L.V. On the Road
Also en route to the red carpet, The Worst Person in the World star Renate Reinsve took perhaps the best selfie of this year’s Met Gala. Among those pictured in what can only be described as a very chic party bus? Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Gemma Chan, Phoebe Dynevor, Hoyeon Jung, Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, Cynthia Erivo, Pat McGrath, and Emma Stone.
2021: Lil Nas X With…Everyone
The reigning king of the internet got right down to work at the 2021 gala, posing for pictures with Billie Eilish (in her blonde era), Jack Harlow, Cordae, Yara Shahidi, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, Pete Davidson, Timothée Chalamet, and others.
2019: A Micro-Met After-Party
In 2019, Justin Theroux captured the scene in one very fabulous—if also very crowded—elevator, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ruth Negga, Riley Keough, Alicia Vikander, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Connelly, Grace Coddington, Robyn, and Nicolas Ghesquière.
2019: A Tale of Two Former Power Couples
Alex Rodriguez took this picture of himself, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West at the “Camp” gala, little realizing how strangely dated it would seem just a few years later.
2019: Céline Dion Serenades Prabal Gurung and Laura Kim
Swipe to hear the Québécois chanteuse entertain a group that includes Gurung, Kim, and models Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls.
2018: Gisele Gussies Up
On her way to the party in 2018, Gisele Bündchen showed off her shimmery Versace look.
2017: The Single Greatest Bathroom Selfie of All Time?
In perhaps the best-ever entry to the “Met Gala Bathroom Selfie” canon, Kylie Jenner snapped herself with Ashton Sanders, Luka Sabbat, A$AP Rocky, Kendall Jenner, Paris Jackson, Kim Kardashian, Lily Aldridge, Sean Combs, Frank Ocean, Slick Woods, former Vogue staffer Sophia Li, Brie Larson, and half of Elizabeth Chambers.
2017: The Single Greatest Bathroom Selfie of All Time, Part Deux
Incredibly, Elizabeth Chambers captured precisely the same scene from a different angle.
2016: Two Cool English Girls Walk Into the Met…
Alexa Chung got a somewhat more chaotic perspective on the Met bathroom in 2016, posing with Poppy Delevingne as Elle Fanning, Rita Ora, and others swarmed around them.
2016: Six Models and a Very Distressed-Looking Lady Gaga
This perfectly nice picture of Lily-Rose Depp, Stella Maxwell, Joan Smalls, Lily Aldridge, Doutzen Kroes, and Hailey Bieber was meme-d to the heavens when the Twitter set noticed Gaga stewing in the background.
2015: The World’s Hottest Family Takes a Fittingly Hot Selfie
\, all together at the Met…need we say more?
2014: Everybody Loves Bill
Gucci Westman observed a lovely moment at the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” gala as Stella McCartney gathered Rihanna and the late, great photographer Bill Cunningham for a selfie.
2013: “Punks” Indeed
A few years before starry Met selfies became de rigueur, Derek Blasberg took this picture of himself, Miley Cyrus, Karen Elson, Emma Roberts, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, and Rita Ora at the party for “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”