Zendaya Is Going To The Met Gala For The First Time In Five Years, So Here’s A Reminder Of All Her Past Looks

Seriously, how has it been five years since her Cinderella moment?!

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The 2024 Met Gala is fast approaching, and with confirmation that Zendaya will be making her triumphant return to the iconic steps, fans couldn’t be more excited.

Zendaya in an elegant necklace, attending a gala event

On the first Monday in May, a host of A-list stars will gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institution’s spring exhibit, entitled: Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.

A closeup of Anna Wintour in an studio with mannequins behind her

As always, the exhibit dictates the dress code that all attendees are expected to abide by on the red carpet, and this year the strict theme is “Garden of Time.”

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For better or worse, it’s up to each guest — and their stylist — to decide how they wish to interpret this brief. Although four people we expect to nail the theme are this year’s co-chairs: Jennifer Lopez, Chris Hemsworth, Bad Bunny, and finally, Zendaya, who’s attending the event for the first time in five years.

Closeup of Bad Bunny smiling on the Met Gala red carpet

Of course, Zendaya being named a co-chair was hardly surprising given that she’s provided fans with some of the Met’s most memorable looks over the years — starting with her first appearance on the famous steps in 2015.

Zendaya in a lace-detailed dress at an event

Only 18 at the time, Z made her Met debut in a custom Fausto Puglisi gown, inspired by that year’s exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass.

Zendaya in a two-toned dress with star embellishments and a matching headpiece

In 2016, she opted for a more dramatic look in keeping with Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, sporting a golden, asymmetric Michael Kors dress paired with a short, brown hairstyle.

Closeup of Zendaya on the red carpet with Michael Kors behind her

The 2017 exhibit honored the work of Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, and Z turned heads in a parrot-print Dolce & Gabbana gown — which remains one of her most iconic looks to date.

And the following year, she pulled it out of the bag yet again in a chainmail-inspired Atelier Versace dress, which was inspired by Joan of Arc for the theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Zendaya walking up the famous steps at the Met Gala

The last time Zendaya attended the Met was in 2019 when she memorably wore a Cinderella-inspired Tommy Hilfiger gown that lit up on the red carpet — very much in keeping with the “Camp” dress code.

Zendaya at the Met Gala with her stylist and friend Law Roach. Law is waving a wand that lights up Zendaya's dress

And as for her next look after a five-year hiatus? Zendaya has teased a little, but she’s keeping her cards close to her chest.

Zendaya wearing a white polo shirt with a knit design at an outdoor event

During an interview with Vogue released last week, Z said she had “no idea” what she’d be wearing, telling the outlet that she and her longtime stylist, Law Roach, were “still figuring it out.”

Closeup of Law Roach and Zendaya who is wearing a fembot bodysuit

However, speaking to E! News last night at the LA premiere of her new movie, Challengers, the 27-year-old hinted that things are starting to come together, saying: “We have some ideas.”

Closeup of Zendaya

And while she didn’t divulge more than that, Zendaya said that she expects her return to the ball to be “very special.”

Earlier this week, Z poked fun at the hype surrounding her Met return by reposting a fan-made edit of a potential tennis ball-inspired gown for the red carpet — of course, leaning into her string of viral tennis-inspired looks for the Challengers press tour.

Closeup of Josh O'Connor, Zendaya, and Mike Faist at a press call

Well, the countdown is officially on, and we can’t wait to see what Z and Law come up with.

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