There is quite possibly no bigger (or more extravagant) fashion event than the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala. Each year, the best and brightest of the industry come together to celebrate the museum's exhibit (it's even referred to as the Oscars of the East Coast) — and celebrities, models, and designers bring their sartorial A-game to the corresponding red carpet. This year's event is fast approaching, and we'll be covering all the glamour right here on May 5 — but to get us in the mood, we're taking a look back at the most memorable Met Gala looks over the years. From Kate Moss 's metallic Marc Jacobs  frock to Sarah Jessica Parker 's tartan Alexander McQueen  getup and Beyoncé's feathered Givenchy  gown, click through now to see 100+ gorgeous gowns from parties past.
— Additional reporting by Aemilia Madden
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker  attended the 2006 gala with the late Alexander McQueen  — the pair wore matching tartan prints.
Sigh — who could forget Beyoncé's jaw-dropping Givenchy  gown from the 2012 red carpet? The performer was one of the last stars to arrive at the event, but once we got a glimpse of her feathered, beaded gown cascading down the staircase, it was easy to see why she wanted to be fashionably late.
Diane Kruger  bared her leg way before Angelina; the actress turned heads at the 2011 Met Gala in a gorgeous Jason Wu  gown.
Anne Hathaway  was the picture of retro-chic in a plum-colored Marc Jacobs  mini complete with a bouffant hairstyle in 2009.
Jessica Biel  made jaws drop in an asymmetrical-hem Versace  dress at the 2009 gala. She accessorized the red-orange gown with simple diamond drop earrings.
Gwyneth Paltrow  turned it out on the red carpet in 2012, looking gorgeous in a lilac-colored, asymmetrical halter dress by Prada .
Naomi Watts  looked like an Old Hollywood pin up in a deeply pleated Mugler gown at the 2008 Met Gala.
Jennifer Lopez  donned a sparkly Zuhair Murad dress at the 2010 Met Gala.
Blake Lively  channeled a sexy Grecian goddess in a nude-colored Chanel Couture gown for the "Savage Beauty" red carpet in 2011.
Kate Moss  stole the show in 2009; the model arrived on the arm of Marc Jacobs  in a metallic, toga-inspired frock from the designer.
Rihanna  made a serious statement in a strong-shouldered Dolce & Gabbana  tuxedo and bow tie in 2009.
Katie Holmes  paired a red-orange Giorgio Armani  gown with bright blue shoes (with her now iconic blunt bob) at the 2010 event.
Miranda Kerr  showed off her enviable figure in a black Jil Sander  dress with side cutouts in 2009.
Cate Blanchett  stole the show in 2007, wearing a gold fringe column gown by Balenciaga  designer Nicolas Ghesquière.
Camilla Belle wore a frothy, feminine Jean Paul Gaultier  gown to the 2007 gala.
Gisele Bundchen  was the belle of the ball in 2011, wearing a simply striking red Alexander McQueen  gown in the late designer's honor.
Carey Mulligan  shone (literally) in a custom-made sequin Prada  dress on the red carpet in 2012.
Taylor Swift  upped the glam factor in 2010, walking the red carpet in a sweet cream-colored gown by Ralph Lauren .
Salma Hayek  can do no wrong, and her 2011 Met Gala look was totally glamorous. She wore a nude-colored chiffon Alexander McQueen  dress that fit her like a glove.
Jennifer Garner  wore a fire-engine-red Valentino gown in 2007.
The always avant-garde Gwen Stefani  donned a champagne-colored gown from her L.A.M.B. collection in 2010.
Sandra Bullock  wore a stunning cranberry-colored dress by Alberta Ferretti  in 2007.
The star made her presence know at the 2012 Met Gala in a daring Donna Karan  Atelier  gown with a dramatic train.
For the 2012 gala, Karolina Kurkova hit the red carpet looking straight out of the '70s. She was absolutely radiant in her gold Rachel Zoe  gown, which she accessorized with a matching turban. It was classic Rachel — a glamorous throwback to the days of Studio 54.
Zoe Saldana  went for a minimalist-chic look for the 2010 Met Gala — she wore a one-shoulder Calvin Klein  column gown with a sleek, slicked-back hairstyle.
Jennifer Hudson  served as Vera Wang 's date in 2011, wearing a pretty tulle gown from the designer's collection.
Victoria and David Beckham
Victoria Beckham  sported white Giorgio Armani  to the 2008 gala, striking a sexy pose with husband David.
Michelle Williams  demonstrated her usual laid-back elegance in a black Miu Miu  dress with gold embroidered birds at the 2011 Met Gala.
Rosario Dawson  looked sexy in a silver J.Mendel gown at the 2006 gala.
Kristen Stewart  played the vamp at the 2010 Met Gala, wearing a sheer black Chanel gown and '20s-inspired hairstyle.
Attending as Michael Kors 's date in 2005, the singer wore one of his classically elegant gowns.
Nicole Richie  made a silver statement at the 2010 Met Gala, wearing a metallic, liquidy-chic gown by Marc Jacobs .
Christina Ricci 's awe-inspiring Thakoon  creation was the talk of the 2012 gala — the colossal bow running down the back made it quite the show-stopper.
Doutzen Kroes looked amazing in 2010 — the model arrived on the arm of Zac Posen  and channeled full-on Hollywood glamour in a frothy blue dress from the designer.
Scarlett Johansson  walked the red carpet on the arm of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 2008, wearing a nude bustier dress from the designers' collection.
Katy Perry  literally lit up the red carpet in 2010, wearing an LED dress by CuteCircuit that changed colors throughout the night.
Heidi Klum  looked gorgeous in 2009, wearing a black and purple J.Mendel gown on the red carpet.
Rachel Bilson  kept things short and sweet in a tea-length Louis Vuitton  frock in 2010.
Drew Barrymore  showed off a low-cut lace dress at the 2006 gala.
Chloë Sevigny  arrived at the 2010 Met Gala on the arms of Proenza Schouler  designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. The actress wore a jade-colored peplum dress from their collection.
Kirsten Dunst  went romantic in Chanel Haute Couture for the 2011 Met Gala
Elizabeth Banks was a total showstopper in 2010 — the actress hit the red carpet in a dark, romantic Gucci  getup and smoky eye makeup.
The triple threat paid homage to Schiaparelli's signature color in her fuchsia gown at the 2012 gala.
It was all about the puffy sleeve for Olsen, at the 2011 Met Gala.
Cameron Diaz  brought a bold pop of color to the 2007 Met Gala, wearing a fuchsia Dior dress with bright turquoise baubles.
Emma Watson  was a vision in 2010, wearing a gorgeous white Burberry  gown with a thigh-high slit.
Eva Longoria  wore a gorgeous violet-hued Marchesa  gown to the 2008 gala.
Coco Rocha made a colorful splash on the red carpet in a watercolor-print Zac Posen  mermaid gown in 2010.
Fergie  attended the 2011 Met Gala in a fabulously ornate Marchesa  gown.
Sienna Miller  showed her cool-girl aesthetic in a gold sequined Burberry  mini and black tights — she served as cochair of the AngloMania-themed Gala in 2006.
Marion Cotillard was glittering at the 2010 Met Gala — she wore a sparkly silver Dior gown embellished with a diamond neckline.
Emma Stone  shone in a floral Lanvin  column dress in 2011 — she added to the printed look with drop earrings and a sweep of hot-pink lipstick.
Talk abut a leg up! The actress was radiant back in 2010 in a leggy design by pal – and date – Stella McCartney .
No stranger to red-carpet glamour, Penelope Cruz donned a black ruched Oscar de la Renta  gown to the 2011 gala.
Dakota Fanning  looked every bit the Hollywood ingenue in a flowery Valentino dress in 2011.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley strutted her stuff in a sexy pink Burberry  gown in 2011.
There was no missing January Jones  in 2012 in her electric yellow Atelier  Versace  gown.
It's all pretty black and white for the actress, who let her fabulous red hair act as her main accessory in 2012.
Established red-carpet queen Charlize Theron  looked regal and elegant in a Dior gown and fur stole in 2004.
How sexy did Ginnifer Goodwin  look at the 2011 gala? The actress wore an emerald-hued Topshop  gown with sleek cutouts, along with geometric heels and a statement necklace.
Winona Ryder  accompanied longtime friend Marc Jacobs  to the 2007 event.
Take a deep breath — who could forget Anja Rubik's crazy-sexy Anthony Vaccarello dress from the 2012 gala? The model walked the red carpet in the white sliced-up sheath, which left little to the imagination. She paired the look with black peep-toe pumps and chandelier earrings, but all we could see was leg.
Madonna  was the belle of the ball in 2009 — she wore a jaw-dropping Louis Vuitton  look, complete with thigh-high boots and avant-garde headband.
Natalie Portman  attended the 2004 fete in a dark green, beaded Stella McCartney  dress with a sexy chest cutout.
Brooklyn Decker showed off her curves in a body-conscious, hot-pink gown by Michael Kors  in 2011.
Renée Zellweger  wore an embellished Carolina Herrera  gown with pockets in 2007.
Julia Roberts  walked the red carpet with Giorgio Armani  in 2008, wearing a silvery gown by the designer.
Elle Macpherson was a vision in a chartreuse Calvin Klein  gown at the 2005 gala.
Jessica Stam took to the red carpet in 2010, flaunting her figure in a body-conscious, low-cut dress by Rachel Roy .
Kate Beckinsale  shimmied into a charcoal-gray Marchesa  gown at the 2009 event.
Florence Welch's tiered, beaded Alexander McQueen  dress was a vision to behold in 2012 — it moved like a dream, and suited the singer's bold red hair to a T.
Bar Refaeli  rocked a short silver Roberto Cavalli  dress to the 2009 Met Gala.
Iman worked a Stella McCartney  jumpsuit on the red carpet in 2011, and the gold sequins popped perfectly against her skin tone.
Claire Danes  was the picture of glamour in a metallic Burberry  dress at the 2010 gala.
Kate Mara and Zac Posen
Kate Mara and Zac Posen  were a colorful couple on the red carpet in 2008.
The designer took a break from her customary black for a bold red gown at the 2011 gala in honor of Alexander McQueen .
The actress was in full bloom in Dolce & Gabbana  at the 2010 Met Gala in honor of American fashion.
Selma Blair  wore a white Chanel Haute Couture gown to the 2006 event.
Mila Kunis  was all class in a tulle Vera Wang  gown in 2010.
Who better to represent punk than the British model, who took the plunge in studded Burberry  at the Chaos to Couture gala in 2013?
Roberts showed a slice of midriff at the 2011 Met Gala.
There is no scandal about Washington's Vera Wang  brocade gown with a peplum at the 2013 gala.
Angela Lindvall and Karlie Kloss
Angela Lindvall and Karlie Kloss walked the 2011 Met Gala red carpet together in gold metallic gowns — Angela wore Andrew Gn , while Karlie shone in Christian Dior .
The event's co-host turned up in Givenchy  Haute Couture (designed by fellow co-host Riccardo Tisci) at the 2013 Met Gala.
The actress got feathered up in Givenchy  for the 2011 Met Gala.
Making the most of her model physique, Aldridge went for liquid satin at the 2011 Met Gala.
It's hard to believe that Kate Bosworth  wore this Prada  dress in 2007, considering how often we still think about it!
The actress hit her first Met Gala in style, in a shimmering nude Donna Karan  Atelier  gown in 2011.
Flashback to 2003, where Kidman bared a seriously ripped arm in a metallic sheer gown.
The bombshell toned down (a little) in a structured Marchesa  gown at the 2012 Met Gala.
The supermodel got into the punk spirit with asymmetrical stripes at the 2013 gala.
It was a '30s inspired look for the blonde in a draped red silk gown in 2012.
The actress glowed in her hot pink Oscar de la Renta  gown in 2010.
The actress donned a black and white gown for the Superheroes Met Gala.
The star went for all-out ruffles at the 2007 Met Gala.
The actress made a liaison with Proenza Schouler  for her maroon gown in 2004.
The supermodel rocks the stairs in a simple black gown in 2010.
Christy Turlington Burns
The model-activist's pick from 2007 still looks current, thanks to its classic shape.
The Met Gala newbie burned up the carpet at the 2013 event in a daring Givenchy  Haute Couture gown.
Suki Waterhouse brought tiers of joy in Burberry 's layered chiffon gown at the 2014 gala.
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP arrived at the 2014 Met Gala in a graphic black-and-white Oscar de la Renta  gown that had a surprise reveal when she turned around: the designer's signature.
Blake Lively  did Gucci  proud when she arrived in a dazzling confection at the 2014 Met Gala.
Emma Stone  turned heads in a bold two-toned pink Thakoon  look at the 2014 Met Gala.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen  borrowed from the boys at the 2014 Met Gala while wearing menswear-inspired gowns.