Best Dressed at the 2014 Met Gala


The Diva has already judged the celebrity couples, and crowned Karolina Kurkova the best-dressed of the models. Now it’s time for the best of the rest.

DITA VON TEESE
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Adherence to the Charles James-inspired theme: 10/10. There’s not a woman alive who can do old Hollywood glamour like Dita von Teese. She was born for this fucking theme. Every detail of this is astounding.

HAILEE STEINFELD
gown by Prabal Gurung

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Absolutely gorgeous from head to… well, ankle. I would have nixed the platform and switched out the color for something that would contrast the pink lining of the skirt a little bit more. But this dress was a dream on the adorable Ms. Steinfeld.

EMMY ROSSUM
gown by Carolina Herrera

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

Amidst a sea of black and white and monochromatic gowns, Emmy dared to go floral. And bright as shit. I simply can’t look at this print without smiling, and the styling is lovely.

ANNA KENDRICK
gown by J. Mendel, purse by Rauwolf

Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Definitely the best modern spin on a Charles James-ian aesthetic. Formal and almost conservative, but that little cut-out is youthful and divine without being inappropriate. The jewelry is absolutely perfect, and the winged eyeliner is a great look on her.

JANELLE MONAE
coat by Tadashi Shoji, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Janelle is almost never seen without her black-and-white tux ensemble, which is always fabulous, but can get a little redundant. But she wiped away all potential criticisms when she donned that positively magnificent Tadashi Shoji coat-cape-ponch-blanket. It is a work of art, and she is working the shit out of it.

CHARLIZE THERON
gown by Christian Dior

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

It might have bordered on dull if she hadn’t added the tuxedo jacket, which I adore. Love the obscene amount of jewelry, but that hair is bordering on There’s Something About Mary

KIRSTEN DUNST
gown by Rodarte

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

It’s the rare woman who can pull off a Death Star ball gown. Luckily, Kirsten Dunst is absolutely that woman.

SARAH SILVERMAN
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

It’s just shy of being more dress than she can pull off, but this was a magnificently fabulous surprise. Almost every Zac Posen dress really shined on this red carpet, because the theme so closely matched his usual aesthetic.

ANNA WINTOUR
gown by Chanel

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

I could get lost in the texture of this dress. The appliques almost look like an oil painting. It’s absolutely insane.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
tuxedo by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

DELICIOUS.

KATE BOSWORTH
gown by Stella McCartney

Photo: Gilbert Flores/Broadimage

Sleek and sexy. I love that she’s tinted pink-gold from head to toe.

ANNE HATHAWAY
gown by Calvin Klein, purse by Rauwolf, shoes by Gianvito Rossi

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

The placement of the cut-out might be just a little bit awkward, but this was glamorous and modern and dramatic. The neckline is fresh and interesting, and the earrings are basically the greatest things I’ve ever seen.

GRETA GERWIG
gown by Theory, shoes by Sergio Rossi

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Points for originality. It’s a little bit severe, but in a really fabulous way.

KRISTEN WIIG
dress, pants, and shoes by Balenciaga

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Cool as hell, but it needed the right shoes and jewelry to make it more formal. Her styling is cool, but not dressy enough.

CLAIRE DANES
gown by Oscar de la Renta

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

I love the velvet bodice, but the medicinal-pink skirt isn’t quite right. She needed something a little more mature, and a lot more jewelry.

NICOLE RICHIE
gown by Donna Karan, purse by Zagliani, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

I hate the train, but I kind of love this mess of a dress.

TAYLOR SWIFT
gown by Oscar de la Renta

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

I usually make fun of Taylor Swift for dressing like such a fucking Disney princess, but this is the place to do it, and do it hard. I can’t pretend this isn’t absolutely perfect for her.

REESE WITHERSPOON
gown by Stella McCartney

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

A great color and a killer silhouette. It’d be better if it fit her, but I still love the dress.

AMY ADAMS
gown and purse by Oscar de la Renta

Photo: Arroyo-OConnor/AFF

Love the color and the draping of the bodice, but it’s pretty much exactly what I expected Amy to wear.

DIANNA AGRON
dress, purse, and shoes by Miu Miu

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

This feels like it was thrown together at the last minute, and it’s not really dress enough, but Dianna was basically the only star to pull off an over-embellished Miu Miu or Prada look at this event. (Almost everyone else who opted for Miuccia Prada will be trashed discussed in tomorrow’s Worst Dressed post.)

RIHANNA
top and skirt by Stella McCartney

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

The nipple darts are a disaster. But even think she looks spectacular, and I find Rihanna to be barely tolerable. The draping on this skirt is just perfect on her.

LILY ALLEN
gown by Chanel

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

Nix the purse and the goofy hair, and this would have been at the top of the list. What an absolutely gorgeous gown.

MARION COTILLARD
dress by Christian Dior

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Objectively adorable, but not even remotely formal enough for the event.

ZOE SALDANA
gown by Michael Kors

Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Okay, this got a little bit insane, but I respect the effort behind it. And if anyone can make this floppy disaster look like high fashion, it’s Zoe.

FLORENCE WELCH
jacket and gown by Valentino

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

She looks like she’s in a cocoon, which is how Florence Welch should always look.


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6 responses to Best Dressed at the 2014 Met Gala

  1. These Met Gala posts are my obsession. When going through all the Met Gala looks, I actively thought, “Oh, Democracy Diva will tear this to pieces,” or, “I just want to read DD say witty things about how perfect she is & validate my feelings.” KK (“yay, double letters!” xoxo, GG) absolutely killed it, & I was eagerly awaiting the moment of Democracy Diva wittiness that would glorify that look.
    & OHMYCATS, DVT FUCKING NAILED IT. Sometimes this blog can be a blissful place of fangirling at the most icantevenwhathowistherethismuchperfect gowns. Met Gala should be that time. Shame on you, Basic Bitches, fucking go home. This event is not for you.

  2. i want to BE Dita Von Teese in that dress. Dancing. At a ball in the 1940s lol. She was definitely the belle of the evening, hands down (although Karolina Kurkova just served up 80s-Supermodel-Barbie so fabulously!
    Runner up faves: kirsten dunst and kate bosworth

  3. I can’t agree with the placement of Anne Hathaway on this list, sorry. The dress makes her look like a pole that is red and you can’t see where the dress starts and what is red carpet, plus that weird cut in the middle? Not a fan.

    • democracydiva – Author

      No apologies necessary! I definitely see your point. She and a few others got bumped over from the “basic bitches” post because that one was getting too long. I still thought the overall effect was good, but some of the details were really awkward.

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