The Met Gala is not only full of beautifully-designed classic gowns and extravagant dresses, but it’s also teeming with inventive looks that push boundaries. From Timothée Chalamet's 2021 suit that swapped out trousers for sweatpants to Jared Leto’s head-scratching accessory he brought to the 2019 festivities, here are some of the most innovative fashion moments from the men of the Met Gala over the years.
Actor Pedro Pascal impressed onlookers at this year’s Met Gala by wearing a custom Valentino suit with black shorts and an ankle-length red overcoat.
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Lil Nas X went all out with sequin and crystal-studded makeup, silver body paint, and a metallic Dior thong for 2023’s Met Gala.
Robert Pattinson, who attended the gala this year with his partner Suki Waterhouse, wore a drapey Dior men’s suit.
Timothée Chalamet was a Met Gala co-chair for the 2021 event. He wore an all-white look by Colombian-born French designer Haider Ackermann, which includes a cropped white tuxedo jacket, white Converse sneakers, and a pair of sweatpants.
In 2022, music sensation Bad Bunny appeared on the Met Gala’s red carpet dressed in a khaki boiler suit ensemble designed by Burberry paired with an updo and a monocle. Bad Bunny shared that the custom look was inspired by the fashion that was popular in Puerto Rico during the Gilded Age.
We can always count on Jared Leto for an out-of-the-box Met Gala look. In 2019, the star showed up in a bejeweled satiny red frock, holding a replica of his head as an accessory. This unexpected detail was a nod (see what we did there?) to Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2018 runway show.
Frank Ocean, dressed in a velvety jacket by Prada, walked the red carpet with an unexpected date in 2021—a green robot baby.
Skateboarding sensation (and Gossip Girl reboot star) Evan Mock decided on a tulip-collared button-down shirt, corseted blazer, and flared satin pants for the festivities last year. His look was designed by Head of State, a Gen Z-founded brand.
Joe Jonas opted for a black and white suit with a billowing lace train for the 2022 fête. The look was designed by Louis Vuitton.
Riz Ahmed’s 2022 Met Gala look was a strong statement in response to the “Gilded Age” theme. His look, which consisted of a workwear jacket, white top, and rubber boots, paid homage to the immigrant workers who worked so hard to make the Gilded Age possible.
In 2021, the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh wore a Louis Vuitton look that featured an all-white suit with bottom draping, white sunglasses, and a fluffy hat.
Even though Sebastian Stan didn’t hit the nail on the head when it came to last year’s theme, he still had many people talking. His vibrant all-pink ensemble by Valentino was the perfect balance between tailored and laidback.
Fashion designer LaQuan Smith looked dapper during the 2022 Met Gala, outfitted in a shiny silver suit blazer with patent leather shoes.
The English singer, songwriter, and actor co-chaired the 2019 Met Gala wearing an all-Gucci look designed by the design house’s then-creative director, Alessandro Michele. That night, his sheer top, high-waisted trousers, and single pearl earring were a hit.
No boring suits here! Actor Cole Sprouse wore a satiny silver look, complete with a sequined top, shiny boots, and a handful of metal-colored rings.
Zayn Malik walked the red carpet with Gigi Hadid in 2016, wearing a Versace look with shiny metal sleeves. Hadid wore a gray sequined ensemble by Tommy Hilfiger that night.
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