Smart ladies love fashion, Met Gala 2009, “The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion”


Because 2016 is terrible and the 2016 Met Gala is super soon we have decided to go back and take a look at the galas from 2003 – 2012 because nothing is more fun than looking at OLD fashion. For more fashion fun, we have previously covered the galas from 2003200420052006, 2007, 200820132014, 2015, and 2016.

From the Met website:

Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The exhibition, organized by historical period from 1947 to 1997, will feature haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage of models who epitomized their epochs.

Everyone seemed to interpret this theme as “late eighties to early nineties super model glam” and so we get tons of bright colors (WOOHOO) and lots of mini-dresses (LOVE). Every time I thought of this theme I would sing RuPaul’s, “Supermodel” so here it is for you to enjoy –sashay shante!

Jessica Alba

Well she went very nineties on that chunky wedge sandal and tights (I wore this a lot). I really like the bright blue and the sparkle top. -K

Minidresses and tights! This is going to be my favorite. This is her best Met Gala look by far. -M

Michelle Alves

This is one of the best pregnant lady looks we have seen. -K

She looks so comfortable! -M

Nadja Auermann and Eva Herzigova

Eva’s shoes bring me joy. The beige kind of washes them out but I like that one went eighties/nineties, the height of the supermodel and the other went fifties which was the decade that really introduced us to the “Model” as a celebrity. -K

Can you imagine these dresses in mint green? SWOON! -M

Tyra Banks

Tyra is really working the red carpet. She is also full on SUPERMODEL. -K

She is totally smizing. I especially like her hair and polka dot bracelet. -M

Victoria Beckham

This is like the fifties mated with the eighties and it brings me much joy. -K

The heel on those shoes is so weird. Did we wear crap like that? -M

Kate Beckinsale

This is pretty and basically what she always wears. -K

Again, NO HIGH PONY so I like this better. -M

Lake Bell

Amazing in every way. -K

Lake Bell is so freaking cool. I want her to make a best friends movie with Olivia Wilde. -M

Jessica Biel

Compared with a lot of the other stuff this is very basic and boring. Also I fucking hate those shoes with a passion. -K

Ohhhhh that’s when THOSE shoes were popular. Have we been dealing with the hi-low hem this long? I am so very tired. -M

Marisa Berenson

I love this dress with all my heart and soul. -K

Lovely and her purse is a fun blag of fluff. -M

Rachel Bilson

Love the color of Bilson’s dress and I like the idea of her shoes (wish they weren’t those fugly wedges). Her hair is a little on the dirty side and her make-up is a little basic. -K

I like this in theory, in practice it’s too sloppy. I think she could do a better job with this dress today. -M

Selma Blair

Selma always looks like she is having the best time. This is not my favorite of her past looks but it fits the theme and that handbag is the BEST. -K

I like the high hair. She is great at themes. -M

Kate Bosworth

Bosworth went full on fifties glamour puss and I love it. This woman’s commitment to theme is amazing. I bet she is super fun at a fancy dress party. -K

Even though this is black, it’s not plain and she looks great. -M

Gisele Bundchen

Those shoes are super fug but that minidress is lovely. -K

I love when people match their super dramatic eye makeup to their dress. -M

Rose Byrne

I love the color of this dress and I am very pleased the satin isn’t super shiny. -K

She looks sad, though, and the little point at the front looks off here. It might have been better in person. -M

Marion Cotillard

I expect weirder from Marion plus I don’t think the fit is right on the bust. -K

The color is beautiful on her, though, and her beauty is always A+++. -M

Helena Christensen

Ice skater chic?!? -K

But her shoes are super fun!!!! Why can’t everyone wear fun shoes? -M

Claire Danes

The fit of this is great and it’s super classy I just wish the color wasn’t taupe. -K

The bottom is fine but I’d like the top to be navy! -M

Rosario Dawson

Rosario is pretty and has a lovely personality. -K

This does her no favors. -M

Brooklyn Decker

Her sandals look like flipflops and her jumpsuit looks like a sweatsuit. -K

This is what all the women wear at my Target on Saturdays, but with more sparkles. -M

Agyness Deyn

This is so close to fab but I kind of hate the white lipstick. I think matte red lips would have been amazing. I do love silver silk crepe as a fabric choice. I think two people wore that kind of fabric in 2009 and you don’t see it very often (it was very popular in the late teens/twenties, Issey Miyake has tried to bring it into the modern age) but it photographs so well. In fact I might just like this cause I’m a fabric nerd. I don’t think she needed that necklace. -K

I TOTALLY forgot about this woman for a few years. Remember when she was everywhere? Does this mean Cara Delevingne will go away soon too? -M

Kirsten Dunst

Oh Kiki we are so excited that you are a judge at Cannes this year, though you have some big shoes to fill as Sienna Miller kind of killed it last year. This is cute and your face and hair are nice but I’m not sure how it ties into the theme. -K

Theme be damned, I love this witchy dress. -M

Karen Elson and Jack White

Karen Elson reminds me of Pagliacci the Italian clown. I’m a fan of Jack’s spats (cause I love the word “spats”). -K

He needs conditioner. -M

Isabeli Fontana

I don’t know who she is but she is wearing a fun color. -K

I love the 90s-ness of her shoes and how they match exactly. -M

Carla Gugino

It makes my heart sad when navy and black are mistreated as they are in this dress. I think this might have worked had the fit been better then again whatever is going on in the navy portion is weird. It looks like when you are sewing ribbon and the machine snags. -K

I am as heartbroken about this dress as Katie is. It had such potential but the execution was so poor. -M

Shalom Harlow

Classy trash bags, everybody drink! -K

She could AT LEAST have worn a fun shoe, for the love of god. -M

Anne Hathaway

I think this was at the height of Annie’s collaboration with Rachel Zoe and it’s fantastic. It is very eighties supermodel. -K

This is one of my favorite Annie looks. Note the shoes! -M

Kate Hudson and Stella McCartney

Due to my hatred for black lace I don’t like Stella’s jumpsuit but I am super pleased it actually fits her. Kate Hudson looks very Studio 54 in that gold gown and I dig it. -K

Stella should ONLY wear jumpsuits, I don’t care if she has a hard time peeing. Kate looks wonderful–she does right most of the time. -M

Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth is doing classy peach again and I think this is pretty dynamite. -K

Can we bring peach back? PLEASE? I will start. -M


Iman both model and muse. -K

This is beautifully fit and structured. -M

Chanel Iman

Pretty. -K

Pattern!!!! -M

Beverly Johnson

Love the color of this. -K

She looks ridiculously beautiful. -M

January Jones

JJo looks amazing here. I especially love her hair and eye make-up. -K

I just love her so much. This is all wonderful. -M

Doutzen Kroes

Those shoes are pretty epic. -K

Properly on theme. How is it only K? -M

Diane Kruger

This is cute but I wish she had on better shoes. -K

The Krug usually has good shoes, so I don’t know what’s going on here. Amazing hair and makeup, per usual. -M

Blake Lively


This is surprisingly ugly. -M

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker

Another defunct couple and another baggy suit. Oh God I am suffering from major cut-out fatigue. -K

That cut-out is WAY too big, and I actually miss when she wears giant ballgowns. What is wrong with me? -M


The blues don’t match. Plus is that like an enlarged scrunchy? Ugh I’m just not into this at all. -K

The first of her major Mat Gala try-hard appearances.  This may be one of the better ones. -M

Leslie Mann

I’m bored. -K

She should wear yellow all the time. -M

Leighton Meester

Thank god for you Leighton Meester. This is in my top ten Met Gala looks of all time (we should actually do that post after we finish all of these other Met Gala posts). -K

This is ALSO in my top ten Met Gala looks of all time, it is when I knew I loved Leighton and would follow her to the ends of the earth. Or, just to Country Strong. -M

Eva Mendes

Eva is back on top. I don’t know how on theme this is but I don’t care she is just so pretty. Also her accessories are divine. -K

This exercise has really made me appreciate how beautiful she is. This is a fantastic dress for her. -M

Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs

Those shoes are the worst but everything else is pretty spectacular (except that suit). -K

Sooooo Halston fabulous. -M

Milla Jovovich

This seems too beachy but I love that embellished neck. -K

The shape is very odd. I like her 90s platform sandals. -M

Ashley Olsen and Justin Bartha

Snooze. -K

Her sleeves are too baggy. -M

Mary Kate Olsen

I kind of like the whole witchy robot thing (though it would have been better for 2016 than 2009). -K

I also like when designers use multiple fabrics in the same color. -M

Katy Perry

I know you can do better. -K

But if she wore this to the Grammys she would be my Best Dressed. -M

Sasha Pivovarova and Giambattista Valli

They look confused. -K

Maybe they just realized how short her skirt is. -M

Paulina Porizkova

I don’t love the hair but I love everything else. -K

Super glam and lovely. -M

Kim Raver


Remember Lipstick Jungle? Me either, I had to look it up. -M

Bar Refaeli

Tin foil minidress I am your fan. Imagine this with a funky shoe. -K

Also great hair and makeup. 2009 was a fabulous time to be alive! -M

Hilary Rhoda

I think I might hate her shoes, oh wait I do hate her shoes. -K

She should have gone up a size, this is weird in the hip region. -M


Rihanna has so much fun at the Met Gala, I’m so disappointed she missed this year. -K

She always kills it. The gloves here–SO GOOD. -M

Emma Roberts

Dress: awesome. I wish she had done something different with her hair and shoes. -K

That hair color was not great for her and therefore it should have been out of her face. -M

Amber Rose and Kanye West

Man this is super classy, though the bust is a tad snug. -K

Couples I miss. Kanye looks so dapper and isn’t wearing silver contacts! -M

Emmy Rossum

I want to do a lot to this look to make it better. First I would start the flair about 4 inches higher (for her knees), then I would make it a more lively color, and lastly I would make her eyeshadow a tad darker and more smokey. This is also crepe silk, which means there are 3 dresses with nice fabric and not shiny satin that makes my eye twitch. -K

What Katie said. -M

Winona Ryder

And here is the shiny satin and the eye twitch. What do I have to do to stop people from wearing satin sacks? This also looks like an actual trash bag. -K

The purse looks like a tiny trash bag too! And there are FOUR blacks here and now MY eyes hurt! -M

Claudia Schiffer

In a previous post Melissa wanted Claudia to do something with her hair and I second that here. -K

It just detracts from this cool dress. -M

Brooke Shields

Great color. -K

But meh shape. -M

Molly Sims

Those wedge heels were the WORST. I love the clutch. The necklace is nice but too much. -K

YSL TRIB TOOS! Whew I am so glad I remembered. -M

Jessica Stam

Interesting. -K

The colors do not stand out. -M

Emma Stone

This is fun and flirty, flirty and fun. -K

It reminds me of Anthropologie. -M

Iris Strubegger

Hmmm…. -K

Too much going on. -M

Hilary Swank

Are those harem pants? The way the fabric is draped and pulled matches her hair. -K

I like the draping and color, I wish her boobs were higher. -M

Jessica Szohr

I feel like there is a dress like this in every post. I think there was one at the 2016 Gala but with a hi-lo hem. -K

YAWN. I have a meeting soon so I will rip through these. Sorry. -M

Marisa Tomei

This is fun and I think her shoes might be awesome. -K

She does a great job. -M

Ivanka Trump

Her hair and face are pretty. I don’t hate the gown but I don’t love it either. -K

I am never wowed by her. This is mediocre. -M

Liv Tyler

MORE CREPE –okay there might be 4 dresses in that fabric. Did I miss the “crepessance” trademark pending. This is lovely. -K

FABULOUS! Might be my favorite. -M

Amber Valletta

I love the gold accessories with the yellow. -K

Is that a purse?? Nooooooooooooo. -M

Natalia Vodianova

This was the other crepe dress I keep talking about. This is very 1910s. I’m not sure how it fits here via theme but this is a fit of dress we don’t see much of. I think this might have worked better with her hair loosely pulled back and with a silver belt or if all the accessories were gold. Anyways you can really see the silk crepe here and how nicely it refracts light. -K

I like this a lot though it kind of reminds be of stuff you can buy at like, Francesca’s. -M

Kerry Washington

I kind of wish the ribbon on her shoes were a funky color. I am so tired. -K

What the everloving fuck. -M

Rachel Weisz

Oh dear christ what is this? -K

What was she thinking? She has no taste. -M

Alek Wek

Alek Wek is one of the most beautiful women on the planet and she looks divine in super bright colors. This is amazing. -K

Fantastic plus I love the purse. -M

Anna Wintour

Love the pattern of this dress. -K

Very cool. -M

Renee Zellweger

I don’t know which one I hate more this or Rachel Weisz (at least Rachel was kind of on theme). -K

I would tell her to stop with this but soon we will stop seeing her altogether and that makes me sad too. -M

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