All the Celebs Who Have Broken Anna Wintour's Met Gala Rules

With 2022's Met Gala officially behind us, let's take a moment to revisit all the dress code rule-breakers. It's common knowledge that Anna Wintour, the orchestrator of the event, encourages attendees to dress according to the theme of each year's Costume Institute exhibit, but not everyone jumps on board with the suggested dress code. Of course, we can't fault people for sticking to their personal style and what feels right instead of contorting to fit the 2022 "gilded glamour" theme, but they're technically rule-breakers nonetheless. 

Another Met Gala commandment? No social media inside the event. The New York Times has confirmed that posts taken after the red carpet section are banned, but many celebrities have tempted fate and shared with their followers in the past. Scroll down to see all the celebrities who have bent the rules in years past—and still looked chic doing it.

Celebrities Who Ignored the 2022 "Gilded Glamour" Theme


Irina Shayk
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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker
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Amy Schumer
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Venus Williams
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Olivia Rodrigo
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Dove Cameron
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Celebrities Who Have Posted on Social Media Inside the Event

Celebrities aren't supposed to share photos or videos taken after the red carpet section, but these Instagrammers couldn't help but post on social media from inside the venue in years past. 


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Celebrities Who've Ignored the Theme in Years Past


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WHO: Gwyneth Paltrow

WEAR: Chloé dress; Jimmy Choo shoes


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WHO: Gisele Bündchen

WEAR: Dior Haute Couture dress


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WHO: Sienna Miller

WEAR: Paco Rabanne dress


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WHO: Karlie Kloss


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WHO: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen


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WHO: Kate Moss


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WHO: Emma Stone

WEAR: Louis Vuitton jumpsuit


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WHO: Chloë Grace Moretz


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Jennifer Lopez went for ethereal glamour in a Valentino dress, eschewing the 2017 Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons theme. 


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Serena Williams looked beautiful in Versace while expecting her first child during the 2017 Met Gala, where she respectfully passed on the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons theme. 


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In 2016, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stuck to their signature aesthetic instead of abiding by the Manus x Machina theme, which explored the intersection between fashion and technology. 


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Cindy Crawford looked stunning in a molded red Versace gown. Although beautiful, it didn't observe the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme, which focused on all things religious. 


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Kendall Jenner went with American designer Calvin Klein during the 2015 Met Gala, where the theme was China: Through the Looking Glass


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In 2018, Yara Shahidi wore an impeccable Chanel dress, but it didn't exactly scream Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination


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Kylie Jenner skipped out on the 2018 theme with her sleek Alexander Wang gown. 

Next, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's best Met Gala outfits of all time

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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of senior news editor (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.