The Met Gala is known for producing the most talked-about designer moments and celebrity selfies of the year; now, fashion’s most important red carpet is also the most fertile ground for the ultimate irreverent Instagram compliment: memefication.
For the past few first Mondays in May, just as stylists have created looks for their famous clientele, the creative geniuses of Twitter and Instagram have taken to Photoshop during red carpet arrivals to hilariously and affectionately roast the night’s best garments. There are dozens of memes to choose from, but only a few are as on-point and clever as they were celebratory—the perfect balance of love and snark. As it turns out, combing through the absolute best Met Gala memes ever is also a tour through the most memorable looks of the past few years. Check out the winners below, leading up to our single favorite Met Gala meme ever:
Who can forget Lady Gaga’s “Notes on Camp” entrance?
2019 was a pretty all-around stupendous year for Met Gala memes, but Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (a.k.a. Lady Gaga) took it to a whole new level in a hot-pink Brandon Maxwell number that was just one of four looks layered underneath. We all learned a powerful lesson that night: Never underestimate Gaga when it comes to camp.
Billy Porter being carried in on a litter was everything.
The Pose star doesn’t do anything halfway, and that extended to his 2019 Met Gala entrance, for which he wore a custom “Sun God” ensemble by The Blonds that included a bejeweled catsuit outfitted with 10-foot wings and a 24-karat gold headpiece and was carried in on a litter by six shirtless men. And just like that, a million memes were born: