The Most Memorable Met Ball Looks of All Time

Since its inception, the Met's annual ball to fete its Costume Institute exhibit has been red carpet magic.

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Zoey Deutch, Irina Shayk and Miranda Kerr attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Rihanna attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
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Emma Watson attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016, in New York City.
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Beyonce arrives at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museums latest exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass May 4, 2015 in New York.
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Kerry Washington attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik arrive for the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016, in New York City.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Zoey Deutch, Irina Shayk and Miranda Kerr attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Actress Zoe Saldana attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Janelle Monae attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
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Jaden Smith and Willow Smith attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Volume definitely has been a constant theme in terms of dressing for the ball's red carpet. Here, Karolina Kurkova wears Victor & Rolf's iconic "I love you" dress in 2008.
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In 2009, Jessica Biel walked the red carpet in a massive red Versace gown with Justin Timberlake.
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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.
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Adrien Brody attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
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Zac Posen went completely over-the-top with the meringue of a dress he selected for model Doutzen Kroes in 2010, who looks like she's literally swimming in tulle.
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Reporter Keltie Knight attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Actress Jennifer Hudson attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Allison Sarofim attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Lady Gaga attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
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Solange Knowles attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Eva Chen attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Blake Lively attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
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At the party in 2007 honoring the Met's "Poiret" exhibit, Jennifer Garner chose an epic red gown -- those one a vintage Valentino.
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Who could forget Gisele's covered-yet-exposed red dress from 2006, complete with fringe train?
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Madonna also embraced her slinky side in this embellished Stella McCartney gown in 2011.
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Gwen Stefani wore a boudoir-inspired dress of her own creation in 2010 at the "American Woman" Costume Institute fete.
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In 2011, Rihanna sported a one-shoulder gown by Stella McCartney.
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Diane Kruger also went the thigh-slit route at the 2011 red carpet, where she wore this sexy dress by Jason Wu.
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Jay-Z poses with Beyonce on the red carpet in 2011/ She is wearing a lavish embroidered gown by Alexander McQueen.
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Longtime McQueen supporter Daphne Guinness wore one of the night's more spectacular looks -- a dress entirely covered in feathers, giving the overall look a swan-like vibe -- at the McQueen exhibit opening in 2011.
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Solange Knowles attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
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That same year, Liv Tyler wore a swan-like dress by Givenchy that looked like it was dipped in bright yellow.
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In 2005, V Magazine's Cecilia Deane wore this spectacular confection that had the appearance of hundreds of shredded layers, topped off with a simple pink belt.
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In 2011, Naomi Campbell wore a McQueen creation composed of elaborate embroidery and delicate shredded pieces of fabric.
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In 2007, Ashley Olsen wore a dark and dramatic feathered gown by Giambattista Valli.
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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, in New York City.
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Katy Perry wore a dress that actually lit up at the 2009 "American Woman" fete.
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In 2006, John Galliano and Charlize Theron -- dressed in a voluminous Dior gown -- were the definition of excess.
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Dark and edgy as ever, Zac Posen escorted Christina Ricci to the gala in a structured black-lace trumpet gown of his own design.
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In 2008, Eva Langoria (then Eva Langoria Parker) wore a dramatic Marchesa gown composed of pleated swirls.
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In 2011, Karolina Kurkova sported this spectacular Jean Paul Gaultier ensemble, which layered a dress over lacy pants with an almost trompe l'oeil look.
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In 2009, Madonna wore a Louis Vuitton ensemble.
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The Chanel gown Anna Wintour wore in 2008 may not have won raves from everyone -- the seashell-esque pockets are certainly bold -- but the silvery hue and architectural silhouette made the dress unforgettable.
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Zendaya attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
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Blake Lively went for a bold mini-dress by Marchesa at the 2010 Met Gala.
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Anna Dello Russo wore a lavish embroidered suit by Lee McQueen.
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Technically Karl Lagerfeld was Blake Lively's escort, but he seemed to prefer the company (at least temporarily) of heart-breaker Yoko Ono, who sported a stylish ivory cap with her long black gown.
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Karen Elson attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
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