NEW YORK CITY, NY – MAY 4: Kate Moss attends THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: “The Model As Muse” with Honorary Chair MARC JACOBS – ARRIVALS at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by CHANCE YEH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

The year was 2009 and Justin Timberlake was still riding high on the success of his Future Sex / Love Sounds album. With an inimitable stage presence, the now Britney-less musician pushed his harder funk into rock territory – and in the heart of Anna Wintour who invited Timberlake to co-chair the annual Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan museum a decade ago. Sexy was back.

But if there was one woman who could show up such a megastar, one woman to dethrone an icon with a motto that same year (“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”) and one woman to hijack a headline, it was Kate Moss. And with Marc Jacobs on her arm – the devil-may-care-designer who at the time took risks like sugar pills –  their dual zeitgeist was undeniable. “When you meet someone very exceptional and you form a friendship, you feel their spirit and their energy and they inspire you,” said Jacobs of Moss on the night. “With Kate, I’m not in love with the outside, I’m in love with the whole package.” The pair were also co-chairs for the evening.

NEW YORK CITY, NY – MAY 4: Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss attend THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: “The Model As Muse” with Honorary Chair MARC JACOBS – ARRIVALS at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by CHANCE YEH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY – MAY 4: Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs attend THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: “The Model As Muse” with Honorary Chair MARC JACOBS – INSIDE at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

The theme was “The Model As Muse” which explored “the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, focusing on iconic fashion models in the latter half of the 20th century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras.”

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Emily Ratajkowski attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Emily Ratajkowski attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Moss, resplendent in a backless, gold, Marc Jacobs toga, turban and gold cape was the bell of the ball. Nine years on, amid a new theme – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination – Emily Ratajkoswki arrived at the Met Gala in a longer version of Kate Moss’ 2009 Marc Jacobs’ gown; backless, gold. Sexy had done a cartwheel and was back, indeed. And Kim Kardashian, Irina Shayk and Gisele Bundchen were there to enforce it, in gold.

The 2019 Met Gala red carpet will air in Australia on Foxtel’s E! Channel on Tuesday May 7 AEST. It will also be streamed via E! News and on US Vogue’s Facebook page. Check back at grazia.com.au for all the coverage from the carpet and on the ground in New York City.

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