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The 30 Most Memorable Met Gala Fashion Moments

The 30 Most Memorable Met Gala Fashion Moments


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    Gisele Bundchen once again proved why she's the world's reigning supermodel in a red-hot Valentino gown in 2011. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Now that's a slit! Diane Kruger wowed in Jason Wu in 2011.

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
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    Barely four months after giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé made a major entrance at 2012's Met Ball, showing up last in a work-of-art Givenchy Haute Couture gown. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • Anja Rubik attends the Costume Institute

    Supermodel Anja Rubik schooled Angelina Jolie in the leg-showing department in a slinky Anthony Vaccarello gown last year. 

    Photo: Getty Images / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    What struck us most about Solange Knowles' sunny yellow Rachel Roy number was how utterly modern it was. Compared to the other startlerts in striking but overblown gowns, she looked effortless, cool, and totally chic. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    Scarlett Johansson looked sexy in an off-the-shoulder beaded and tulle Dolce & Gabbana gown at last year's gala.  

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Another modern gown: Actress Ginnifer Goodwin in emerald green Topshop Unique (and a chic pixie) in 2011. 

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    Model Karolina Kurkova stunned in a memorable head-to-toe gold custom Rachel Zoe look.

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
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    This picture pretty much tells you all you need to know about Rihanna's 2011 custom Stella McCartney gown.

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Billy Farrell/BFAnyc/Sipa
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    It-girl and style-setter Alexa Chung took the "real fashion" route in a buttoned-up Marc Jacobs look last year.

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Model Miranda Kerr looked like she got lost on the way to a "Black Swan" fan convention in a tulle Marchesa dress in 2011. 

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Actress Michelle Williams did her usual gamine act in a predictable but nevertheless lovely Miu Miu gown in 2011. 

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Ashley Olsen chose an interesting, if devisive, black and white vintage Dior Haute Coture gown in 2011.  

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Mary-Kate Olsen looked slightly '70s in red vintage Givenchy couture in 2011.

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    A 17-year-old Dakota Fanning knocked it out of the park in a stunning floral Valentino gown in 2011. 

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her million-dollar body in 2011 wearing a form-fitting Stella McCartney gown. 

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    Jennifer Lopez stunned in red Gucci in 2011.

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Stephen Lovekin
  • Anna Wintour attends the Costume Institu

    The hostess with the mostess: Anna Wintour in Prada in 2012.

    Photo: Getty Images / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
  • Zac Posen and Amber Heard attend the Cos

    Va va voom: Actress Amber Heard looked beyond sexy and slightly retro in a Zac Posen gown. 

    Photo: Getty Images / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    Italian It-girl Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in a serious gold Dolce & Gabbana ensemble last year. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    The Balenciaga dress Kristen Stewart wore in 2012 wasn't the star's best fashion moment, which might explain why she immediately changed into jeans and a T-shirt for the after-party. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    "Girls" star Lena Dunham cemeted her "it" status with an inivte to 2012's Met Ball, and chose up-and-coming designer Wes Gordon for the occasion. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
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    Actress Christina Ricci seemed to have channeled "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (in the chicest way possible) in Zac Posen at 2011's gala.

    Photo: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    Kirsten Dunst looked prim in Rodarte in 2012. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    "Vampire Diaries" actress Nina Dobrev looked glamorous in a serious Donna Karan Atelier gown in 2012. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    Ivanka Trump looked bondage-chic in a navy Peter Pilotto gown and blunt bangs. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

    McQueen muse Daphne Guinness wore a feathered creation by the late designer in 2011. 

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
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    Naomi Campbell honored the night's theme and wore Alexander McQueen in 2011. 

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Larry Busacca
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    Taylor Swift in a J. Mendel gown in 2011.

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Stephen Lovekin
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    Chloe Sevigny underwhelmed in a mirrored Miu Miu minidress in 2012. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca

For serious fans of fashion, there’s no bigger red carpet affair than the annual Costume Institute Benefit—a.k.a. the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala, or Met Gala for short—where celebrities and high fashion collide in a bonanza of couture gowns that more than rivals the Oscars in unabashed glamour.

Part of the evening’s fun—even for us spectators—is seeing what attendees choose to wear on the red carpet at the Met Gala, which will be held on May 6 and marks the official debut of the museum’s upcoming exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture” (we got a sneak peek during New York Fashion Week, and it looks phenomenal). Considering attendees’ high-design attire is typically loosely inspired by the exhibition’s theme, we have a feeling this particular red carpet will be one for the record books.

However, before we can look ahead to this year’s extravaganza, we decided to look back at some past memorable Met Gala gowns that we’re still talking about.

From supermodels (Karolina Kurkova in a head-to-toe custom Rachel Zoe creation that resembled liquid gold, Gisele Bunchen‘s red-hot Valentino, Anja Rubik‘s skin-baring Anthony Vaccarello), starlets (Beyoncé in showstopping Givenchy, Diane Kruger in Jason Wu, Scarlett Johansson in Dolce and Gabbana) and the fash pack (Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs, The Olsen twins in vintage couture, Chloe Sevingy in Miu Miu), there’s no denying that everyone who shows up to the year’s most major red carpet does so with a serious fashion moment in mind.

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