If there’s a better event for daring and dramatic fashion than the annual Met Gala, no one’s told the celebrities who walk the red stairs each year. The Met Gala, or officially the Costume Institute Gala, marks the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fashion exhibition, one of the biggest red-carpet events of the year. An annual theme ensures that the couture is theatrical, with the best dresses nailing the intersection between the theme and fashion. Revisit some of the most stunning dresses and themes from Met Galas past as the 2018 event, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, quickly approaches.

 

1979: Fashions of the Habsburg Era: Austria-Hungary: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Valentino

 

1981: The Eighteenth Century Woman: Imam in Calvin Klein

 

1990: Théâtre de la Mode: Fashion Dolls: Naomi Campbell in Versace

 

1996: Christian Dior: Princess Diana in Dior

 

1999: Rock Style: Amber Valletta in Versace

 

2003: Goddess: The Classical Mode: Nicole Kidman in Gucci

 

2006: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion: Linda Evangelista in Stefano Pilati for YSL

 

2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy: Bee Shaffer in Nina Ricci

 

2010: American Women: Fashioning a National Identity: Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

 

2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion: Liu Wen in Zac Posen

 

2015: China: Through the Looking Glass: Beyoncé Knowles in Givenchy

For more information on the best fashion from past Met Galas, click here.

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