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The 15 All-Time Best Met Gala Looks You Need To Know For Tonight

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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Tonight is the 2014 Costume Institute Ball–more commonly known as the Met Gala–which means that right about now, the fashion world’s finest (and some adorable little kids) are getting their facials, blowouts and manicures prepped for a $25,000+ evening of impressing Anna Wintour. The 2014 theme is Charles James: Beyond Fashion, so we anticipate a great deal of gorgeous, full gowns with elegant draping and striking silhouettes.

Before the steady stream of celebrities, designers and debutantes starts to flood the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, let’s take a step back and check out some past styles. We saw the most controversial and often disliked dresses last week, so now we can see the ones that are frequently cited as the absolute best Met Gala looks of all time.

1. Doutzen Kroes, 2010

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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This is one of my absolute favorite looks ever, on anybody, period. Kroes looked so incredibly stunning in this blue Zac Posen for 2010′s “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” theme.

2. Charlize Theron, 2006

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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Few celebrities can quite encapsulate restrained glamour the way Charlize Theron does. She is never over-the-top or crass; her brand of grandeur is always disciplined and polished–this Christian Dior Couture look from 2006′s “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion” Met Gala is just one more example of this.

3. Rihanna, 2009

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Remember how obsessed everybody was with Rihanna’s haircut in 2009? Yeah, this was why. She knew exactly how to style herself to put together an all-over excellent look, particularly for 2009′s “The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” theme in this Dolce & Gabbana tux.

4. Sarah Jessica Parker, 2013

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This Giles outfit for the “PUNK: From Chaos To Couture” theme was so her yet befitting of the theme.

5. Jennifer Garner, 2007

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There’s a reason this long red Valentino Couture gown makes nearly every “best Met Gala looks ever” list, and that’s because it’s amazing.

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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I mean, really.

6. Oprah Winfrey, 2010

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Oh, y’know, just one of the most powerful people in media hanging out with Oscar de la Renta, one of the most powerful designers in the world, both of whom were looking effing amazing. This isn’t epic or anything.

7. Florence Welch, 2012

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If there’s anywhere you can wear such an odd-yet-oddly-fascinating Alexander McQueen gown, it’s the Met Gala when the theme is “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations.”

8. Beyonce, 2012

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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While her 2013 look was less well-liked, this one from Givenchy for “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” was incredible.

9. Camilla Belle, 2010

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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This Jason Wu gown is one of the most lovely off-the-shoulder dresses I’ve ever seen.

10. Mary-Kate Olsen, 2007

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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Homegirl looks like Maleficent and I am so. okay. with that.

11. Selma Blair, 2005

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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For 2005′s “House Of Chanel” theme, Blair picked a uniquely delicate and luxurious Chanel gown.

12. Bee Shaffer, 2008

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Style inarguably runs in the family when it comes to Anna Wintour’s daughter. Just check out this incredible Nina Ricci dress; she looks like the best bottle of perfume money could ever buy.

The 15 Best Met Gala Looks Of All Time

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I’ll never stop loving a good up-the-stairs train shot.

13. Katy Perry, 2013

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Perry’s wild gold and silver getup is still one of my favorite metallic looks ever. It was weird, ridiculous and very, very Perry.

14. Liv Tyler, 2009

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Tyler never fails to embody glamour.

15. Anna Wintour, 2012

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What, did you think we weren’t going to include Wintour’s epic lobster dress?

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    Camilla Belle, hands down! wow.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Isn’t it glorious? Guh, that’s exactly how dresses should fit.

  • Olivia Wilson

    I love all of these so much but I’m especially obsessed with Florence Welch’s and Katy Perry’s weirdo dresses. They’re so opposite of my personal style so I’m just livin’ vicariously through them, ya know.

    • Samantha Escobar

      You know, I used to hate this look from Florence Welch a while back, but now I think it’s incredible. I bet it was SO FUN to wear.

    • Olivia Wilson

      Oh yeah. And she’s kooky as hell, so it fits her perfectly.

  • Jill O’Rourke

    All I can think of when I see Katy Perry’s dress now is this. http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbjkh8RiNZ1qgbgreo1_r2_500.gif

    • Samantha Escobar

      Okay so this is super random but I MET HER YESTERDAY. I mean, sort of. I said hello to her and impulsively asked if she was Kate McKinnon and then said she’s amazing. It’s almost like an introduction, except I probably made her feel so awkward unintentionally.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Ahh that’s so cool!