There's nothing quite as magical as the Met Gala. It's the one night where celebrities and socialites bring the glitz and the glamour to the red carpet. Being basic and subtle is not part of the dress code!
If anything, the Met Ball is a place where stars spread their peacock wings and show off their lavish and larger-than-life designs. You're guaranteed to see a parade of unbelievable pieces that are worthy of display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Case in point: Rihanna's dreamy haute couture ensemble by Guo Pei that blew everyone away in 2015. The songstress lit up the room in a bright-yellow, fur-lined cape that enveloped the red carpet with its 16-foot train. A whole team surrounded the pop star in order to keep the intricately embroidered train looking its best. RiRi's fuchsia corset by Agent Provocateur and her gold headpiece tied the entire lewk together.
Another major moment that stopped everyone in their tracks? Lady Gaga's take on the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme. The Oscar winner put on a show with her dramatic outfit changes... which happened on the red carpet! Moreover, she came prepared with unique props and accessories that matched each ensemble.
Of course, we're only scratching the surface here when it comes to unforgettable style moments at the Met Gala. Take a walk down memory lane and see all of the OMG looks to hit the star-studded event over the years.
RIHANNA Rihanna makes everyone gasp when she enters the room in this bright yellow haute couture piece at the 2015 event. It's the legendary Guo Pei design that took everyone's breath away.
SOLANGE The 33-year-old star brings a fashion fantasy to the annual extravaganza. From the otherworldly pattern to the fan-like structure of her dress, this is one to remember!
KAROLINA KURKOVA The model makes a fashion statement, literally! Celebrating Chanel at the 2005 gala, Karolina turns heads with her white-hot "I Love You" gown.
CHRISTINA RICCI This is not your basique LBD. The actress drops jaws with her goth-glam design, which features massive tulle, a sheer bodice, and a spider-like pattern.
AMBER VALLETTA Looking like royalty! The supermodel follows the theme in 2004 Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century. From her towering wig to her massive earrings to her voluminous quilted bottom, she pulls out all of the stops.
PRINCESS DIANA Princess Diana makes us clutch our pearls with her simple, yet striking royal blue slip dress by Dior at the 1996 fashion event.
LADY GAGA The pop star puts on a show with her dramatic outfit changes... that she does on the red carpet! From her bright and bold ensembles to her larger-than-life props, this is one for the books.
BEYONCÉ One word: iconic
! The Homecoming star makes people ooh and aah with her bedazzled (and barely-there) design by Givenchy.
CARA DELEVINGNE In 2018, the supermodel follows the theme (Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination) with a cheeky Dior design that looks like a confession box. From the cross-stitch pattern to the peek-a-boo material, this is taking us to church!
KATY PERRY Red hot! The American Idol judge lights up the room with her fiery red gown, matching veil and whimsical headpiece.
DIANA ROSS Diana Ross is the definition of glamour at the 1981 event with her vivacious and voluminous gown.
EMMY ROSSUM The actress transports us to a different time with her take on the 2006 theme Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion.
GIGI HADID The 25-year-old supermodel exudes elegance and grace at the 2018 ceremony, with her ethereal and dazzling design. If anything, her dress looks like stained glass with its multicolored jewel embellishments.
ASHLEY GRAHAM Flower power! Ashley sashays onto the red carpet with an eye-catching dress. From the bouquet of roses to the body-hugging corset, the supermodel stuns at the 2017 event.
CARDI B Let's all take a moment of silence for this angelic and over-the-top ensemble. The "Press" rapper shows up and shows out for the 2018 event.
BELLA HADID Sleek and chic! The 23-year-old supermodel hits the red carpet in a show-stopping catsuit. The skintight piece catches everyone's attention... and it's easy to see why.
JENNIFER LOPEZ J.Lo dazzles in a drool-worthy piece that features sheer material, a body-hugging structure, and fiery design of a dragon which is made out of red, black, and silver jewels (of course!).
ZENDAYA The Euphoria actress blinds us with her head-to-toe silver ensemble, which features armor-like pieces, diamond embellishments, and chainmail cuffs.
KIM KARDASHIAN Hate it or love, this custom Givenchy gown is unforgettable! The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star shows off her growing baby bump with her romantic long-sleeve design, which features an explosion of flowers.
HALLE BERRY Hot damn! The Oscar winner pulls out all of the fashion stops for the special occasion with her sheer, bedazzled gown. The massive flowers and gold details are a chef's kiss.
NAOMI CAMPBELL Celebrating the late Alexander McQueen, the legendary supermodel traipses
down the red carpet with an enchanting feathered gown.
KIRSTEN DUNST The Bring It On alum dazzles in her royal blue gown, which features fringe beads, a delicate floral pattern, and a bedazzled sheer top.
BLAKE LIVELY The Simple Favor actress takes a fashion risk and it pays off! From her gold headpiece to the intricate embroidery and beading to the larger-than-life train, this lewk takes our breath away.
CHARLIZE THERON Charlize Theron looks effortlessly elegant in her dramatic black gown at the 2004 fashion affair. Her lavish fuzzy boa and grand diamond necklace tie her ensemble together.
CATE BLANCHETT Gilded in gold! The Hollywood star looks statuesque in her flashy fringe gown. It's simply stunning.
DREW BARRYMORE Barrymore brings the drama to the 2006 gala with her body-hugging lace gown. The pointed sweetheart line and her vibrant red lip make it all the more daring.
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