Arab representation at the Met Gala has only gotten bigger and better over the years, with many regional names making Best Dressed lists. Embracing the theme each year with their own unique takes, the Middle East’s much-loved have left a mark on “fashion’s biggest night out”, which makes their appearances that much more anticipated.
In 1997, part-Lebanese actor Salma Hayek attended her first Met Gala which paid tribute to the late Gianni Versace. For the occasion, she dressed in a custom black Atelier Versace dress which featured a mix of fabrics and a daring thigh-high slit. Many more red carpets later, Hayek served up another noteworthy look in 2019, dressed in a black and gold Gucci gown and a star crown for the theme ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. The same year saw a number of standout moments from Arabs, such as Gigi Hadid‘s dramatic all-white outfit by Michael Kors (worn with a makeup look to match), and Imaan Hammam‘s bright pink number by Peter Dundas, complemented with two-tone frosted eyeshadow.
Among the most memorable and rare appearances made at the Met Gala were ones by HM Queen Rania of Jordan, and Amal Clooney. In 2016, Queen Rania was the only royal at the event, and chose to eschew the theme ‘Manus X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology’ to go for a graceful Valentino gown. Later in 2018, Clooney walked the carpet for the second and last time, making a statement in navy trousers attached to a sweeping train and a floral corset by Richard Quinn.
Below, take a look at the best Met Gala looks of all time, courtesy of Arab stars
Salma Hayek in Atelier Versace in 1997. Photo: Instagram.com
Queen Rania in Valentino in 2016. Photo: Instagram.com
Amal Clooney in Richard Quinn in 2018. Photo: Instagram.com
Bella Hadid in Chrome Hearts in 2018. Photo: Instagram.com
Imaan Hammam in Zac Posen in 2018. Photo: Instagram.com
Gigi Hadid in Versace in 2108. Photo: Instagram.com
Imaan Hammam in Peter Dundas in 2019. Photo: Instagram.com
Salma Hayek in Gucci in 2019. Photo: Instagram.com
Gigi Hadid in Michael Kors in 2019. Photo: Instagram.com
Iman in Harris Reed in 2021. Photo: Instagram.com
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