The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk (2024)

When the first Monday in May rolls around, we know one thing’s about to go down: the Met Gala.

As the biggest night in fashion, the annual event guarantees one heck of a show, as celebrities from all walks of life flock to New York City to mingle among the who's who of the world — like the regularly invited supermodels, musicians, actors — you name it. But sometimes, there are a few attendees whose arrivals are just as unexpected as the looks themselves.

Ahead of the 2024 Met Gala on May 6, we're looking back at the most surprising guests to have walked the famous steps in years past.

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Princess Diana

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Fashion royalty met actual royalty when Princess Diana graced the carpet back in 1996. For her first and only time at the Met Gala, Princess Diana wore a Dior navy lace slip by John Galliano. On her neck lay a sapphire brooch, a wedding gift from the Queen Mother, transformed into a dazzling necklace pendant strung with pearls.

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3LW

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No matter where they were, you could count on 3LW's Naturi Naughton, Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton to bust out their highlights, crop tops and abs, which they did in 2001. What more could you ask for with an early aughts Met Gala?

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Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton, a two-time attendee, made her debut in a gold ballgown to support fellow former first lady, the late Jacqueline Kennedy, who was the honoree of the 2001 "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years" exhibit.

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Marilyn Manson

The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk (4)

Don't be fooled, this photo of Marilyn Manson and his now ex-wife Dita von Teese wasn't taken at a Halloween party. It was actually snapped at the 2007 Met Gala, where the rock musician wore his signature makeup with von Teese in a matching red lip.

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The Jonas Brothers

The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk (5)

The 2012 Met Gala was burnin' up extra hot when all three of the Jonas Brothers — yes, Nick, Joe and Kevin — showed face in coordinating tuxedos. This was the first and last time Kevin attended.

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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn

The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk (6)

Before Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn broke up in 2015 after three years of dating, they were able to experience one date night at the Met Gala in 2013. They ditched their golf polos and ski suits in exchange for black-tie style.

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Derek and Hannah Davis Jeter

The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk (7)

Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah Davis, at the Met Gala is as unexpected as catching a flying baseball from the stadium stands. However, their debut in 2015 earned them a second invite the following year.

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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

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There's a small group of twins who've walked the red carpet: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jared Leto and Alessandro Michele (they're not related, but passed as fraternal siblings once) and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who've been three times. Fun fact: the brothers —who once claimed Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook — bumped into actor Armie Hammer, who played both Tyler and Cameron inThe Social Network, at the 2017 Met Gala.

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Megyn Kelly

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Controversial news correspondent turned podcaster Megyn Kelly attended twice in 2016 and 2017. She hasn't been back since — and described last year's Met Gala affair as "trashy."

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Mitt and Ann Romney

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Every so often politicians make an appearance on the carpet, but Mitt Romney's night out on the town was the most surprising — especially since he bought his tux on Amazon instead of going designer.

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James Charles

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James Charles provided an eye-catching amount of influencer style to the Met Gala in 2019.

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Addison Rae

The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk (12)

There wasn't any dancing involved, but Addison Rae's debut in 2021 still made a mark since she became one of the only TikTokers to attend. She returned the year after wearing Michael Kors.

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Jackie Aina

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YouTuber Jackie Aina is considered one of the OG social media influencers of our time. But she didn't make her Met Gala debut until 2021.

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Dixie D’Amelio

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Another TikToker who ruffled some feathers was Dixie D'Amelio. Although a newbie to the scene, she channeled a timeless look reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's when she arrived on the Met steps in 2021. She said on The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show that the ensemble wasn't the one she originally planned on wearing.

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Pete Davidson

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Pete Davidson's got jokes — and style too, so much in fact that he's attended three Met Galas in a row! He made his debut in 2021 solo, then was accompanied by his now-ex Kim Kardashian (who can forget their Marilyn Monroe and her bodyguard moment), and then attended by himself again in 2023. That year, he reunited with the SKIMS mogul inside the fête.

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Elon and Maye Musk

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On a rare occasion a parent will tag along as their kid's Met Gala date, such as when Elon Musk brought his mom, Maye Musk, in 2022. What also added to the shock factor: the tech titan flashing a duck face for the cameras.

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Patrick and Brittany Mahomes

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In 2023, Patrick and Brittany Mahomes made their debut in coordinating black-and-white looks inspired by Karl Lagerfeld. Now that he's a three-time Super Bowl champ and she's Taylor Swift's BFF, will they be gracing the carpet once again?

Met Gala Co-Chairs Through the Years

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Brittney and Cherelle Griner

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The same year the Mahomeses went, WNBA star Brittney Griner made her debut with her wife, Cherelle, just months after returning home from Russian imprisonment in December 2022. "It's everything just to be here with my wife," Brittney told Vogue.

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Roger and Mirka Federer

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Okay, so athletes at the Met Gala isn't groundbreaking, but having a sports star helm as co-chair with Anna Wintour is a rare occasion. Tennis champion Roger Federer took on the role alongside Dua Lipa, Penélope Cruz and Michaela Coel in 2022, making him the only sportsman to do so besides Tom Brady, who co-chaired in 2017.

The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk (2024)

FAQs

The Most Surprising Stars Who Have Been to the Met Gala — from Princess Diana to Elon Musk? ›

Not just anyone can buy a ticket or a table to the event. Meanwhile, many celebrities don't pay full freight. Instead, a design house typically springs for a table and invites guests they wish to host, one attendee confirmed to CBS MoneyWatch. So for some particularly glittering guests, attendance is free.

Do celebrities pay to go to the Met Gala? ›

Not just anyone can buy a ticket or a table to the event. Meanwhile, many celebrities don't pay full freight. Instead, a design house typically springs for a table and invites guests they wish to host, one attendee confirmed to CBS MoneyWatch. So for some particularly glittering guests, attendance is free.

How much does a Met Gala ticket cost? ›

An individual ticket goes for around $75,000 (£60,000), more than the average down payment on a house. A 10-seat table starts at $350,000. In 1995, Ms Wintour's first year overseeing the event, a ticket cost just $1,000.

What happened at the Met Gala 2024? ›

The 2024 Met Gala celebrated the Costume Institute's new exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” and the official dress code was “The Garden of Time.” The exhibit will feature approximately 250 rare items drawn from the Costume Institute's permanent collection.

Where does the money from the Met Gala go? ›

Met Gala hauls in record sum of more than $26 million to fund Costume Institute. NEW YORK (AP) — The 2024 Met Gala raised more than $26 million, a record sum for the party that has become an annual gathering for mega-celebrities in fashion, film, TV, sports, music, business and more, the museum said.

What happens at the Met Gala after the red carpet? ›

What happens at the Met Gala following the red carpet? After celebs pose, pout and sometimes dramatically change outfits on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art — they head inside for the main event.

Who is not allowed at the Met Gala? ›

Anna Wintour, chairperson of the Met Gala since 1995, has only ever declared one person banned from the prestigious fundraiser. That person is Donald Trump, who was reportedly banned back in 2017.

How rich do you have to be to go to the Met Gala? ›

This year, an individual ticket costs $75,000 (up 30% from last year's price of $50,000), while a table, which is often purchased by companies, design houses or brands, starts at $350,000. Those that buy a table, however, do not get to choose who sits with them; all seating arrangements must be approved by Wintour.

What was the most expensive dress at the Met Gala? ›

In 2022, Kim wore Marilyn Monroe's iconic crystal-embellished gown to the Met Gala. It was sold to Ripley's Believe It Or Not in 2016 for $5 million. Emma Chamberlain wore a custom Louis Vuitton dress at the 2022 Met Gala and she paired it with the Patiala Necklace which is valued at over $30 million.

Why is the Met Gala so secretive? ›

One of the main rules, that helps to keep the allure and mystery of the Met Gala alive is the fact that what happens inside is so secretive thanks to the no-phone rule -- and by extension no social media -- that all invitees must abide by, according to Vogue.com.

Is dinner served at the Met Gala? ›

Yes, dinner is actually served at the event, with Stephen Colbert once revealing all of the guests had to wait for Wintour to take her seat before digging in.

Who will never attend the Met Gala? ›

The Met Gala, one of the world's most exclusive events, will be held on Monday, May 6. Over the years, some A-list stars surprisingly haven't been invited or have declined. Ryan Gosling, Dolly Parton, and Sam Smith have never walked the Met Gala red carpet.

What is the age limit for the Met Gala? ›

There was never an age restriction in place at the Met Gala until 2018 when the gala was deemed "not an appropriate event for people under 18." This means that young Hollywood faces like Mckenna Grace and Xochitl Gomez aren't eligible to attend.

What do celebrities do inside the Met Gala? ›

The public rarely sees inside the Met Gala, due to the event's strict social-media ban. Once celebrities pass the red carpet, they eat dinner and enjoy live performances.

Can anyone buy a Met Gala ticket? ›

Met Gala tickets, which are invite-only, cost $75,000. Here's what that gets attendees. The Met Gala is famously exclusive.

Why did so many people skip the Met Gala? ›

This year's gala was skipped by quite a few A-listers and Met favorites, and their reasons for not attending the ball are super diverse: there's a golfing injury, the flu, working late 'cause they are singers, and, of course, travel and tour schedules.

Who runs the Met Gala? ›

Anna Wintour

Since her first spin hosting the gala in 1995, she has been credited with transforming the event from a fusty dinner into one of the most coveted invites of the year, not to mention a blockbuster fund-raiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

Who's invited to meet the gala in 2024? ›

While the guest list for the Met Gala is always under wraps, Zendaya, Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour arrived in statement-making looks as they served as co-chairs for this year's Costume Institute Benefit.

What happened inside the Met Gala 2024? ›

Hundreds of stars made their way up the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art steps on Monday night, turning heads in an array of fashions meant to embody the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" theme and the correlating dress code, "The Garden of Time," inspired by a short story by J.G. Ballard.

Do couples sit next to each other at the Met Gala? ›

“We try and think a lot about sight lines and where people have sat in the past. And we try to make sure someone isn't staring into the eyes of a former flame.” Organizers never seat married couples next to each other, according to the documentary “The First Monday in May.”

How do celebrities get invited to the Met Gala? ›

Attendees are usually invited by the Costume Institute's curator in consultation along with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Since 1995, she has been one of the event's co-chairs, and is responsible for overseeing both the benefits committee and the guest list, with the help of Vogue staff members.

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