Zendaya’s status as king of the red carpet didn’t happen overnight. The former Disney star and her former (?) stylist Law Roach have worked hard over the years to prove their fashion authenticity to the world. Nowhere is this more evident than when looking back at Zendaya’s Met Gala story. The actor has gone from being a designer guest to a momentous VIP capable of commanding all the attention on one of the busiest red carpets in the world.
Here’s a look back at all of Zendaya’s Met Gala looks, including her post-party tweaks.
Naturally, Roach stepped into the role of Fairy Godfather.
Note Zendaya’s pumpkin coach bag, courtesy of the undisputed American master of dazzling evening clutches, Judith Leiber.
Of course, they left a glass slipper behind, as if you had to ask.
The thing about the Met Gala is that after all that red carpet staging, you’re expected to go inside and have dinner. So Zendaya changed into a flowing dress in a delicate shade of lilac, but kept her pumpkin bag close.
Of course, there was a major train moment and a bit of sparkling detail behind it. Just because it wasn’t THE red carpet dress for the night didn’t mean it was boring.
After parties can be serious business, and Zendaya entered the circuit that year in a black velvet suit. Note her purple shoes, though, which she kept after the main event.
2018: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination”
Zendaya showed up prepared for the battle for the Met’s Catholicism-themed edition. Her custom Versace gown was a nod to Saint Joan of Arc. Yes, she managed to convince one of the most definitive Italian fashion houses to take inspiration from the Patron Saint of France. In some ways, Zendaya may be more powerful than the European Parliament.
Once inside, Zendaya removed the chest and shoulder piece for a slightly more comfortable fit.
This photo probably belongs in a history book.
For the official Versace after party, she paired a Versace skirt with a Philanthropy t-shirt.
2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: the art of the in-between”
Not everyone is on the theme every year, and this maximalist dress from Dolce & Gabbana wasn’t exactly in conversation with the fashion-forward dress code. Yet it was breathtaking.
At after parties that year, Zendaya stuck to both Dolce and its floral theme. You could say that the intentionally unfinished details on the shoulders and lapels were in keeping with Kawakubo’s deconstructionist sartorial themes.
2016: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the age of technology”
Zendaya attended the 2016 edition as a guest of Michael Kors, and her look that night proved she had more in common with Liza Minnelli than the fact that both of their names include the letter “Z.” The inspiration for her gold dress was straight out of Studio 54 and she spotted a black Minnelli bob.
At the after party, she kept it gold with a mini dress and go-go-inspired boots courtesy of Michael Kors.
2015: “China: on the other side of the mirror”
For her very first Met Gala, Zendaya wore a sculptural Fausto Puglisi minidress.
She attended as a guest of the Sicilian designer.
For after parties that year, she donned a black and brown skirt suit.