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Met Gala

Met Gala 2024 highlights: Zendaya, Gigi Hadid bloom in garden theme, plus what you didn't see

Anika Reed
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NEW YORK 鈥 The Met Gala was in full bloom on Monday. The steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, lined with white roses and greenery to match the colors of the carpet itself, came to life for fashion's biggest night.

Stars took the gala's "The Garden of Time" dress code to heart at the invite-only event, creating floral bliss at the annual Met ball, which doubles as a fundraising dinner for the latest exhibit at the museum's Costume Institute, featuring fragile and treasured garments for its 2024 theme, "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion."

From Zendaya's two dresses and Usher's "romantic" look to Lana Del Rey's ethereal ensemble and all the things you didn't see, 91影视 has an insider's view of the highlights from before, during and after the Met Gala.

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Zendaya opens 鈥 and closes 鈥 Met Gala red carpet with multiple looks

The night belonged to Zendaya, who hasn't been seen on the steps of the Met since 2019's "Camp: Notes on Fashion."

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Following the sartorial shine of her "Dune 2" and "Challengers" press tours, all eyes were on Zendaya as one of the co-chairs of the evening.

"Hopefully, with the Met, since I've been away for so many years, maybe this time around I won't be so stressed," Zendaya told 91影视 ahead of the 2024 event.

Zendaya attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

If she was stressed, she didn't show it in not one but two stunning looks to help open and wrap up the Met Gala carpet. Along with celebrity stylist and self-proclaimed "Image Architect"聽Law Roach, Zendaya posed for her life in a deep blue and forest green Maison Margiela by John Galliano gown, topped with a plumed hat to match the peacock sensibilities of the look.

Zendaya attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

Murmurs rose as screams and fanfare erupted from the base of the carpet: Who could it be? Zendaya again, of course, in a more dramatic silhouette for her billowing black Victorian-style Givenchy dress by John Galliano and a bouquet of roses for headpiece. Though she didn't stop for interviews, Zendaya flashed a shy smile before heading back into the party.

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Fans lined up for hours across Fifth Avenue to catch a glimpse of the hand-crafted designs and star power that 91影视 got to see up close 鈥 and talk about with the celebs.

Gigi Hadid attends The 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

Gigi Hadid told us about her Thom Browne gown's interpretation of the theme: "There's a lot, but there's some beautiful, 3D beaded flowers that seem like the book," she said, referencing J.G. Ballard's 1962 short story of the same title that inspired the night's theme. "Well those are glass, but you know."

Usher attends the 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

For a soulful singer like Usher, romance is key.

"Alexander McQueen, it's a one-of-one. (The brand's creative director) Sea虂n McGirr and myself decided to put this amazing thing together. Exotic, romantic, but still within the garden theme," he told 91影视.

"There's all different types of gardens 鈥 some of them get a little dark, but you've got to have fun, right?" he said with a wink and a devilish grin.

Mindy Kaling arrives for the 2024 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York.

Mindy Kaling took the theme of the night literally, wrapped in a flowing tan gown from Gaurav Gupta, with a large swirling flower detail on the back.

NFL wide receiver Stefon Diggs arrives at the 2024 Met Gala.

NFL player Stefon Diggs, one of the many celebs dressed by H&M, said "they put together an amazing look, so I'm very happy."

"It's an honor to go" to the Met Gala, Diggs said. "And then to be around such amazing people, some of the best people in the world, some of the best people at what they do as well."

The wide receiver was recently traded to the Houston Texans and said his new state is "amazing. Roads are a little crazy! But I'm getting used to them. The weather is amazing, the people are amazing; I'm excited for this year."

Tyla gets help in her Balmain sand dress

South African singer Tyla traded in "Water" for the sands of time with her sculpted Balmain gown and matching hourglass purse, complete with real sand. A small group of helpers had to physically hoist the 22-year-old and her flowing train up the last few stairs of the carpet as she delicately held onto them.

Tyla attends The 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

Kim Kardashian and Lana Del Rey share a Met Gala moment

Lana Del Rey channeled a glowing fairy nymph of the forest for her Met Gala moment, and she didn't have to branch out too far to find a friend, sharing an embrace with Kim Kardashian.

"Well, first of all, we needed to make it McQueen, so the shape is McQueen. And we would never do butterflies, not for this," Del Rey told 91影视 alongside McGirr, who said, "We were inspired by this idea of Mother Nature 鈥 everything is hand-embroidered."

Kardashian, who wore a bluish silver floral Maison Margiela dress by John Galliano, talked animatedly with Del Rey through the veil of her thorny ensemble.

Kim Kardashian attends The 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2024, in New York City.

Kardashian's sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and mom Kris Jenner alongside boyfriend Corey Gamble made it a family affair, though they all walked the carpet separately.

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Brie Larson and Ariana Grande, Donald Glover and Colman Domingo reunite

More reunions and special guests marked the night.

Two of fashion's most daring and exciting men found their way to each other: Donald Glover and Colman Domingo shook hands, chatting it up and posing together. Teyana Taylor and Jon Batiste fawned over each other, sharing a hug.

Donald Glover attends The 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

Jeff Goldblum served as a hot-ticket invite, earning excitement from Ariana Grande and Queen Latifah, among others. Grande, who arrived to chants from the crowd with "Wicked" co-star Cynthia Erivo, also received adoration and a big hug from friend Brie Larson: "I saw you and (you) look like an angel!"

Cynthia Erivo, right, and Ariana Grande attend The 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

"Espresso" singer Sabrina Carpenter and "Saltburn" star Barry Keoghan found each other at the top of the stairs, holding hands.

Lea Michele glided up the stairs in a teal blue Rodarte gown with a special guest: her baby bump, which she cradled as she posed for photos.

Sarah Jessica Parker, left, and Andy Cohen attend The 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

Sarah Jessica Parker, who paired her pearls and fascinator with a sparkling silver and nude Richard Quinn dress, arrived with close friend and "Bravo" extraordinaire Andy Cohen. The two chatted and laughed as they ascended the stairs, and聽Cohen joked to reporters that Parker would be "taking over the role of Che Diaz" in "And Just Like That."

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Celebs hit afterparties, including Cardi B and Offset

The Mark Hotel served as another red carpet for the celebrity attendees, who returned from the carpet to screams from fans hoping for a glimpse. It was a prime spot for star spotting 鈥 and for after-hours caviar and drinks with The Macallan. Rosali虂a, Zoe Saldan虄a, Doja Cat, Cardi B and more made their way through the entrance of the hotel, right next to the Macallan afterparty, where designer Edvin Thompson of Theophilio and Albert Ayal of Up Next Designer were spotted in the intimate room.

Theophilio鈥檚 Edvin Thompson stopped by The Mark Hotel to celebrate the 2024 Met Gala with The Macallan at the Mark hotel in New York City on May 6, 2024.

At an after-hours party with that went into the wee hours of the morning, Cardi B and Offset arrived shortly after 2 a.m. at Midtown hotspot Silencio.

Cardi B attends The 2024 Met Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday in New York City.

Cardi B opted for a red, figuring-hugging dress and a blinding diamond necklace, a far cry from the cascading, dramatic gown she wore on the carpet (the train of which took a team of people to carry through the Mark).

Contributing: Patrick Ryan

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