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The 2001 Met Gala will forever be cemented in fashion history.
From the star-studded guest list—including Meg Ryan, Diana Ross and Nicky Hilton—to the head-turning style moments, this event deserves a second look. Remember 3LW's yellow ensembles? How about Jessica Simpson's pastel dress? If not, you're in luck, because ahead of the 2021 Met Gala, which is set to take place on Sept. 13, E! is raising a glass to the 2001 fashion event.
Two decades ago, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill made the Met Gala their date night, holding each other close as they posed for photographers. Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow attended the event alongside designer pal Stella McCartney, with the Oscar winner, of course, wearing her friend's brand.
Other notable attendees at the 2001 event, which was themed The White House Years in honor of Jacqueline Kennedy, included Renée Zellweger—in a strapless white dress—and Liv Tyler, who paired her pale-pink look with a sequin purse.
As we all await the 2021 Met Gala fashion, take a trip down memory line with the style moments from the 2001 affair.
Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesNicky Hilton
The socialite's 2001 Met Gala attire actually got her in trouble with her mom, Kathy Hilton. "One of my funniest memories of borrowing something from my mom's closet was when I was in my 20s and I had just landed from Miami," she recalled in a July interview with Footwear News. "It was [Kathy's] vintage Valentino skirt with these Gucci Tom Ford heels. And I needed to be, like, glammed up, so I just went in and I throw on a necklace and I was out the door. Within an hour she's calling me, panicking. She has the entire Waldorf Astoria security team looking at the cameras. Apparently, this necklace that I had borrowed is extremely valuable and she thought it was stolen."
Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesJessica Simpson
Weeks before releasing her second album, Irresistible, the singer struck a pose at the Met Gala in a one-shoulder blue and pink dress. The star paired the look with gold heels adorned with flowers.
Evan Agostini/Getty George De Sota/NewsmakersStella McCartney & Gwyneth Paltrow
In 2001, the same year Paltrow appeared in The Royal Tenenbaums and Shallow Hal, she walked the Met Gala in a black cutout ensemble alongside designer McCartney.