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See 100+ Insanely Gorgeous Looks From Met Galas Past

May 2 2016 - 2:05pm

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 [1] (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 — 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 [2]'s metallic Marc Jacobs frock to Sarah Jessica Parker [3]'s tartan Alexander McQueen getup and Beyoncé's feathered Givenchy gown, click through now to see 100+ gorgeous gowns from parties past.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker [4] attended the 2006 gala with the late Alexander McQueen — the pair wore matching tartan prints.

Beyoncé Knowles

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

Diane Kruger [5] bared her leg way before Angelina; the actress turned heads at the 2011 Met Gala in a gorgeous Jason Wu gown.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway [6] was the picture of retro-chic in a plum-colored Marc Jacobs mini complete with a bouffant hairstyle in 2009.

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel [7] 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

Gwyneth Paltrow [8] turned it out on the red carpet in 2012, looking gorgeous in a lilac-colored, asymmetrical halter dress by Prada.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts [9] looked like an Old Hollywood pin up in a deeply pleated Mugler gown at the 2008 Met Gala.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez [10] donned a sparkly Zuhair Murad dress at the 2010 Met Gala.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively [11] channeled a sexy Grecian goddess in a nude-colored Chanel Couture gown for the "Savage Beauty" red carpet in 2011.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss [12] stole the show in 2009; the model arrived on the arm of Marc Jacobs in a metallic, toga-inspired frock from the designer.


Rihanna [13] made a serious statement in a strong-shouldered Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo and bow tie in 2009.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes [14] paired a red-orange Giorgio Armani gown with bright blue shoes (with her now iconic blunt bob) at the 2010 event.

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr [15] showed off her enviable figure in a black Jil Sander dress with side cutouts in 2009.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett [16] stole the show in 2007, wearing a gold fringe column gown by Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière.

Camilla Belle

Camilla Belle wore a frothy, feminine Jean Paul Gaultier gown to the 2007 gala.

Gisele Bundchen

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

Carey Mulligan [17] shone (literally) in a custom-made sequin Prada dress on the red carpet in 2012.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift [18] upped the glam factor in 2010, walking the red carpet in a sweet cream-colored gown by Ralph Lauren.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek [19] 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

Jennifer Garner [20] wore a fire-engine-red Valentino gown in 2007.

Gwen Stefani

The always avant-garde Gwen Stefani [21] donned a champagne-colored gown from her L.A.M.B. collection in 2010.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock [22] wore a stunning cranberry-colored dress by Alberta Ferretti in 2007.

Nina Dobrev

The star made her presence know at the 2012 Met Gala in a daring Donna Karan Atelier gown with a dramatic train.

Karolina Kurkova

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 [23] gown, which she accessorized with a matching turban. It was classic Rachel — a glamorous throwback to the days of Studio 54.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana [24] 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

Jennifer Hudson [25] served as Vera Wang's date in 2011, wearing a pretty tulle gown from the designer's collection.

Victoria and David Beckham

Victoria Beckham [26] sported white Giorgio Armani to the 2008 gala, striking a sexy pose with husband David.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams [27] demonstrated her usual laid-back elegance in a black Miu Miu dress with gold embroidered birds at the 2011 Met Gala.

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson [28] looked sexy in a silver J.Mendel gown at the 2006 gala.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart [29] played the vamp at the 2010 Met Gala, wearing a sheer black Chanel gown and '20s-inspired hairstyle.

Jessica Simpson

Attending as Michael Kors's date in 2005, the singer wore one of his classically elegant gowns.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie [30] made a silver statement at the 2010 Met Gala, wearing a metallic, liquidy-chic gown by Marc Jacobs.

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci [31]'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

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

Scarlett Johansson [32] 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

Katy Perry [33] literally lit up the red carpet in 2010, wearing an LED dress by CuteCircuit that changed colors throughout the night.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum [34] looked gorgeous in 2009, wearing a black and purple J.Mendel gown on the red carpet.

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson [35] kept things short and sweet in a tea-length Louis Vuitton frock in 2010.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore [36] showed off a low-cut lace dress at the 2006 gala.

Chloë Sevigny

Chloë Sevigny [37] 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

Kirsten Dunst [38] went romantic in Chanel Haute Couture for the 2011 Met Gala

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks was a total showstopper in 2010 — the actress hit the red carpet in a dark, romantic Gucci getup and smoky eye makeup.

Julianne Hough

The triple threat paid homage to Schiaparelli's signature color in her fuchsia gown at the 2012 gala.

Ashley Olsen

It was all about the puffy sleeve for Olsen, at the 2011 Met Gala.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz [39] brought a bold pop of color to the 2007 Met Gala, wearing a fuchsia Dior dress with bright turquoise baubles.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson [40] was a vision in 2010, wearing a gorgeous white Burberry gown with a thigh-high slit.

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria [41] wore a gorgeous violet-hued Marchesa gown to the 2008 gala.

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha made a colorful splash on the red carpet in a watercolor-print Zac Posen mermaid gown in 2010.


Fergie [42] attended the 2011 Met Gala in a fabulously ornate Marchesa gown.

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller [43] 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

Marion Cotillard was glittering at the 2010 Met Gala — she wore a sparkly silver Dior gown embellished with a diamond neckline.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone [44] 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.

Kate Hudson

Talk abut a leg up! The actress was radiant back in 2010 in a leggy design by pal – and date – Stella McCartney.

Penelope Cruz

No stranger to red-carpet glamour, Penelope Cruz [45] donned a black ruched Oscar de la Renta gown to the 2011 gala.

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning [46] looked every bit the Hollywood ingenue in a flowery Valentino dress in 2011.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley strutted her stuff in a sexy pink Burberry gown in 2011.

January Jones

There was no missing January Jones [47] in 2012 in her electric yellow Atelier Versace gown.

Amy Adams

It's all pretty black and white for the actress, who let her fabulous red hair act as her main accessory in 2012.

Charlize Theron

Established red-carpet queen Charlize Theron [48] looked regal and elegant in a Dior gown and fur stole in 2004.

Ginnifer Goodwin

How sexy did Ginnifer Goodwin [49] 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

Winona Ryder [50] accompanied longtime friend Marc Jacobs to the 2007 event.

Anja Rubik

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 [51] 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

Natalie Portman [52] attended the 2004 fete in a dark green, beaded Stella McCartney dress with a sexy chest cutout.

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker showed off her curves in a body-conscious, hot-pink gown by Michael Kors in 2011.

Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger [53] wore an embellished Carolina Herrera gown with pockets in 2007.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts [54] walked the red carpet with Giorgio Armani in 2008, wearing a silvery gown by the designer.

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson was a vision in a chartreuse Calvin Klein gown at the 2005 gala.

Jessica Stam

Jessica Stam took to the red carpet in 2010, flaunting her figure in a body-conscious, low-cut dress by Rachel Roy.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale [55] shimmied into a charcoal-gray Marchesa gown at the 2009 event.

Florence Welch

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

Bar Refaeli [56] 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

Claire Danes [57] 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.

Mary-Kate Olsen

The designer took a break from her customary black for a bold red gown at the 2011 gala in honor of Alexander McQueen.

Eva Mendes

The actress was in full bloom in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2010 Met Gala in honor of American fashion.

Selma Blair

Selma Blair [58] wore a white Chanel Haute Couture gown to the 2006 event.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis [59] was all class in a tulle Vera Wang gown in 2010.

Cara Delevingne

Who better to represent punk than the British model, who took the plunge in studded Burberry at the Chaos to Couture gala in 2013?

Emma Roberts

Roberts showed a slice of midriff at the 2011 Met Gala.

Kerry Washington

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.

Rooney Mara

The event's co-host turned up in Givenchy Haute Couture (designed by fellow co-host Riccardo Tisci) at the 2013 Met Gala.

Liv Tyler

The actress got feathered up in Givenchy for the 2011 Met Gala.

Lily Aldridge

Making the most of her model physique, Aldridge went for liquid satin at the 2011 Met Gala.

Kate Bosworth

It's hard to believe that Kate Bosworth [60] wore this Prada dress in 2007, considering how often we still think about it!

Ashley Greene

The actress hit her first Met Gala in style, in a shimmering nude Donna Karan Atelier gown in 2011.

Nicole Kidman

Flashback to 2003, where Kidman bared a seriously ripped arm in a metallic sheer gown.

Sofia Vergara

The bombshell toned down (a little) in a structured Marchesa gown at the 2012 Met Gala.

Liya Kebede

The supermodel got into the punk spirit with asymmetrical stripes at the 2013 gala.

Jaime King

It was a '30s inspired look for the blonde in a draped red silk gown in 2012.

Rachel Weisz

The actress glowed in her hot pink Oscar de la Renta gown in 2010.

Emmy Rossum

The actress donned a black and white gown for the Superheroes Met Gala.

Molly Sims

The star went for all-out ruffles at the 2007 Met Gala.

Mandy Moore

The actress made a liaison with Proenza Schouler for her maroon gown in 2004.

Naomi Campbell

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.

Amanda Seyfried

The Met Gala newbie burned up the carpet at the 2013 event in a daring Givenchy Haute Couture gown.

Suki Waterhouse

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

Blake Lively [61] did Gucci proud when she arrived in a dazzling confection at the 2014 Met Gala.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone [62] 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 [63] borrowed from the boys at the 2014 Met Gala while wearing menswear-inspired gowns.

Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé made jaws drop in this see-through Givenchy stunner at the 2015 Met Gala.

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