Inside the Met Gala’s most legendary dramas, from Solange and Jay-Z to Hiddleswift


With fashion’s biggest party just days away – the Costume Institute Benefit 2022, better known as the Met Gala – it’s only natural to want to revisit the most fabulous looks of all time to grace the steps of the Metropolitan Museum. of Art. Whether you prefer Rihanna’s Guo Pei masterstroke or a more subtle outing, like Lorde cradling Bode, There is something for every taste ; but perhaps the most appealing element of the Met Gala overshadows even the allure of couture: the celebrity mayhem.

Think about it: Unlike the Oscars, where everyone (except Will Smith) tends to put on their best behavior, the extremely high and fabulous Met Gala is a petri dish for the collision of extremely famous drunk people who , otherwise, wouldn’t have a chance to interact. Over the years, this environment has conjured up some truly fascinating moments in pop culture, which means the 2022 Gala has some big shoes to fill in capturing people’s attention.

The most infamous incident is probably the Elevatorgate of 2014, in which Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s equally talented younger sister, was filmed attacking her sister’s husband with what seemed like all the force she could muster. In the extraordinary footage, Jay-Z cowers against the wall, recoiling from the blows Solange rains down on him; she even throws a shoe. Beyoncé, coldly, stays there.

The public would come to interpret this altercation as evidence of Jay’s infidelitya hypothesis that Bey seemed to confirm later in his fiery album Lemonade. But really, artistic interpretation couldn’t top the sheer madness of this episode. “Sure sometimes shit breaks down / When it’s a billion dollars in an elevator.” Like, I guess???? Slim!

FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson attend the Costume Institute’s ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Benefit Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.

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The Met Gala is full of couples drama, think about it. There were sweet, salivary beginnings, like Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs coordinate beautifully in 2015 (RIP their love), or more incendiary couples, like Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston dancing like everyone was watching amidst the most scrutinized summer of Swift’s life.

Swift, of course, continued to press the accelerator pedal with Hiddleston only to press the brakes just as fiercely three months later, but this Met Gala would have been where she would also have been presented at Joe Alwynher current and most frustrating boyfriend no to come man in the world. Give us SOMETHING, Joe. ANYTHING.

“It was so not fun. It was hot. There were too many people. I didn’t like it at all.”

— Gwyneth Paltrow

And it’s so, so delicious when celebrities talk about what it was like to go to the Met Gala. Lena Dunham, an amazing writer with an unfortunate case of foot-and-mouth disease, was humbled when she recounted sitting next to soccer star Odell Beckham Jr. at dinner. “He looked at me and he determined that I did not have the shape of a woman according to his criteria”, said Dunham. “He was like, ‘He’s a marshmallow. He’s a kid. He’s a dog. It wasn’t mean, he just seemed confused. You can imagine the backlash.

“I will never go back”, Gwyneth Paltrow said of the Gala in 2013. “It was so not fun. It was boiling hot. It was too crowded. I didn’t enjoy it at all.” Thank you for your service, queen.

Funnily enough, what might be the best Met Gala story of all time didn’t even happen. It’s just a meme, but it’s a perfect meme: In 2015, someone tweeted that Jason Derulo had fell down the stairs at the Met Gala, using a photo of someone falling down the Cannes Film Festival steps. Jason Derulo didn’t fall down the stairs at the Met Gala; he didn’t even attend the Met Gala.

But for some reason, years later, this wonderful joke lives on. So in a way, it’s true, and it always will be true: Jason Derulo fell on the Met Gala steps. You are up, 2022.