Through the years: A walk down the Met Gala red carpet

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THEME: 1974 "Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design"

WHO: Actor Anthony Perkins, wife Berry Berenson and actress Marisa Berenson

WEARING: Lots of glitter.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1975 "American Women of Style"

WHO: Barbara Walters 

WEARING: A sleek and sophisticated dress.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1977 "Vanity Fair: A Treasure Trove of the Costume Institute"

WHO: President and Nancy Regan

WEARING: A black off-the-shoulder dress.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1979 "Fashions of the Hapsburg Era"

WHO: Diane von Furstenberg

WEARING: A dark embellished strapless gown.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1979 "Fashions of the Hapsburg Era"

WHO: Jackie Kennedy Onassis

WEARING: A black strapless gown with full skirt.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1982 "La Belle Epoque"

WHO: Raquel Welch

WEARING: A snakeskin dress with pointed shoulders.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1985 "Costumes of Royal India"

WHO: Cher

WEARING: Eek! Too much makeup and a sheer top.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1987 "Diana Vreeland"

WHO: Kim Alexis

WEARING: Holy shoulders! A navy classic '80s style dress.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1989 "18th Century Woman"

WHO: Carolina Herrera and Nan Kempner

WEARING: Embellished jackets.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1989 "18th Century Woman"

WHO: Calvin Klein

WEARING: A dashing black suit.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1989 "18th Century Woman"

WHO: Pat Buckley

WEARING: All black and some attitude.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1991 "Théâtre de la Mode – Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture"

WHO: Blaine Trump and Lynda Carter

WEARING: Interesting necklines with plaid and green!

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1992 "Fashion and History: A Dialogue"

WHO: Christy Turlington

WEARING: A neck full of pearls.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1992 "Fashion and History: A Dialogue"

WHO: Mary McFadden

WEARING: Embellished sequins over wispy white.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1994 "Orientalism: Visions of the East in western dress"

WHO: Oscar de la Renta

WEARING: A sleek suit.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1995 "Haute Couture"

WHO: Gwyneth Paltrow

WEARING: Slim-fitting baby blue.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 1997 "Gianni Versace"

WHO: Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley

WEARING: Sleek lavender with high slit and fur stole.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1997 "Gianni Versace"

WHO: Salma Hayek

WEARING: perfectly-fitting black, with a black silk shawl wrapped around her.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1999 "Rock Style"

WHO: Charlize Theron

WEARING: A simple, sleek dress.

Photo: Robin Platzer/Getty Images

THEME: 1999 "Rock Style"

WHO: Amber Valetta and Desmond Harrington

WEARING: An in-your-face gold jumpsuit.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1999 "Rock Style"

WHO: Jennifer Love-Hewitt

WEARING: Midriff-baring crop top and skirt.

Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage

THEME: 1999 "Rock Style"

WHO: Jennifer Lopez and Sean "Puffy" Combs

WEARING: Lots of Layers.

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

THEME: 1999 "Rock Style"

WHO: Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney

WEARING: Homemade "rock royalty" t-shirts.

THEME: 2001 "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"

WHO: Hillary Clinton

WEARING: metallic on metallic.

Photo: NY Daily News via Getty Images

THEME: 2001 "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"

WHO: Diane von Furstenberg

WEARING: magenta perfection.

Photo: RJ Capak/WireImage

THEME: 2001 "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"

WHO: Renee Zellwegger

WEARING: A classic Jackie-inspired dress.

Photo: RJ Capak/WireImage

THEME: 2003 "Goddess"

WHO: Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Nicole Kidman, Adrian Brody

WEARING: All looking sharp in black-tie attire.

Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic

THEME: 2003 "Goddess"

WHO: Kate Hudson

WEARING: Stella McCartney

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

THEME: 2003 "Goddess"

WHO: Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

THEME: 2004 "Dangerous Liaisons"

WHO: Claire Danes

WEARING: Alexander McQueen

Photo: Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic

THEME: 2004 "Dangerous Liaisons"

WHO: Hilary Swank

WEARING: Sky blue and strapless.

Photo: Gregory Pace/FilmMagic

THEME: 2004 "Dangerous Liaisons"

WHO: Mandy Moore

WEARING: Stunning plum.

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

THEME: 2006 "Anglomania: Traditions & Transgressions in British Fashion"

WHO: Emmy Rossum

WEARING: Ralph Lauren

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THEME: 2006 "Anglomania: Traditions & Transgressions in British Fashion"

WHO: Jessica Alba

WEARING: Calvin Klein

Photo: Jemal Countess/WireImage

THEME: 2006 "Anglomania: Traditions & Transgressions in British Fashion"

WHO: Lindsay Lohan

WEARING: Marchesa

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: "Anglomania: Traditions & Transgressions in British Fashion"

WHO: Sarah Jessica Parker

WEARING: Alexander McQueen

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

THEME: 2006 "Anglomania: Traditions & Transgressions in British Fashion"

WHO: Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Roland Mouret

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: 2007 "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Camilla Belle

WEARING: Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

THEME: 2007 "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Cameron Diaz

WEARING: Dior

Photo: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic

THEME: 2007 "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Ivanka Trump

WEARING: Black and white done right.

Photo: Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic

THEME: 2007 "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Kate Bosworth

WEARING: Prada

Photo: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic

THEME: 2007 "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Sandra Bullock

WEARING: Alberta Ferretti 

Photo: Peter Kramer/Getty Images

THEME: 2008 "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Anna Wintour

WEARING: Karl Lagerfeld

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

THEME: 2008 "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Bee Schaffer

WEARING: A stunning purple gown.

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/WireImage

THEME: 2008 "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Christina Ricci

WEARING:  Givenchy

Photo: NY Daily News via Getty Images

THEME: 2008 "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: David and Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Victoria in Vintage Giorgio Armani

Photo: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic

THEME: 2008 "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

WEARING: Giorgio Armani

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/WireImage

THEME: 2008 "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Naomi Watts

WEARING: Thierry Mugler

Photo: James Devaney/WireImage

THEME: 2009 "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

WEARING: Jessica in Versace

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2009 "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Leighton Meester

WEARING: Louis Vuitton

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic

THEME: 2009 "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Rachel Bilson

WEARING: Bally

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

THEME: 2009 "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Rihanna

WEARING: Dolce and Gabbana

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2009 "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Marc Jacobs

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

THEME: 2010 "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Alexa Chung

WEARING: Phillip Lim

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

THEME: 2010 "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Emma Watson

WEARING: Burberry

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/WireImage

THEME: 2010 "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Gisele Bundchen

WEARING: Alexander Wang

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/WireImage

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WEARING: Zuhair Murad Couture

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2010 "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Katy Perry

WEARING: Cute Circuit (and yes, it lit up!)

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic

THEME: 2010 "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Kristen Stewart

WEARING: Chanel

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

THEME: 2010 "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Marion Cotillard

WEARING: Christian Dior

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Ashley Olsen

WEARING: Vintage Christian Dior Haute Couture

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Brooklyn Decker

WEARING: Michael Kors

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Fergie

WEARING: Marchesa

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WEARING: Gucci

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Kate Hudson

WEARING: Stella McCartney

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Kristen Stewart

WEARING: Proenza Schouler

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Miranda Kerr

WEARING: Marchesa

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

THEME: 2011 "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Naomi Campbell

WEARING: Alexander McQueen

Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

THEME: 2012 "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Beyonce

WEARING: Givenchy Haute Couture

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

THEME: 2012 "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Carey Mulligan

WEARING: Prada

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

THEME: 2012 "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Diane Kruger

WEARING: Prada

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

THEME: 2012 "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Elizabeth Banks

WEARING: Mary Katrantzou

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

THEME: 2012 "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Lena Dunham

WEARING: Wes Gordon

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

THEME: 2012 "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Solange Knowles

WEARING: Rachel Roy

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

THEME: 2012 "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Tory Burch, Rashida Jones, Brooklyn Decker

WEARING: Tory Burch

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

THEME: 2013 "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Madonna

WEARING: Givenchy Haute Couture

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: 2013 "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Katy Perry    

WEARING: Dolce and Gabbana

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: 2013 "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Kate Beckinsale

WEARING: Alberta Ferretti

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: 2013 "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Anna Wintour

WEARING: Chanel Couture 

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: 2013 "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Miley Cyrus    

WEARING: Marc Jacobs    

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: 2013 "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West    

WEARING: Givenchy    

Photo: Getty Images

THEME: 2014 "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" 

WHO: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

WEARING: Blake in Gucci  

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

THEME: 2014 "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" 

WHO: Suki Waterhouse  

WEARING: Burberry  

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

THEME: 2014 "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" 

WHO: Lupita Nyong'o

WEARING: Prada  

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

THEME: 2014 "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" 

WHO: Taylor Swift  

WEARING: Oscar de la Renta  

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

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The Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the biggest nights in fashion. Stars flock from far and wide (literally -- it amazes us how quickly most of Hollywood gets to NYC!) to attend the opening of the MET's annual fashion exhibit, hosted by Anna Wintour and Vogue.

Over the years, themes for the evening have ranged from "La Belle Epoque" to "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy," and we can't wait for this year's "China: Through the Looking Glass." Whether the stars are completely embracing the themes or simply doing their best to stand out, the dresses we see on the red carpet never cease to amaze.

Click through the gallery above to see what has been worn to the MET Gala through the years, and check back for coverage of this year's Gala on Monday, May 4.

Plus, see last year's arrivals for the 2014 Gala, themed "Charles James: Beyond Fashion":
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Through the years: A walk down the Met Gala red carpet

Anna Wintour in Chanel.

Photo: AP

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

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Lupita Nyong'o in Prada.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta.

Photo: AP

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta (see his signature?!)

Photo: AP

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton.

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Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss.

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Lea Michele.

Photo: AP

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney.

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Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta.

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Kayne West and Kim Kardashian in Lanvin.

Photo: Getty Images

Charlize Theron in Dior.

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Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors.

Photo: AP

Beyonce in Givenchy

Rachel McAdams in Ralph Lauren.

Photo: Getty Images

Kate Upton in Dolce & Gabbana.

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Katie Holmes in Marchesa.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain.

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David and Victoria Beckham.

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa.

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Blake Lively in Gucci and Ryan Reynolds.

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Emma Stone in Thakoon.

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Selena Gomez in Diane von Furstenberg.

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Karlie Kloss.

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Suki Waterhouse in Burberry.

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Anne Hathaway.

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Leighton Meester in Pucci.

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Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta.

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Georgia May Jagger in Thierry Mugler.

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Nicole Richie in Donna Karan.

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Ashely Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen.

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Claire Danes in Oscar de la Renta.

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Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli.

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Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga and Tom Brady.

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Kristen Stewart in Chanel.

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Olivia Munn in Diane von Furstenberg.

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Marion Cotillard in Dior.

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Blake Lively in Gucci.

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Dakota Johnson in Jason Wu.

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Elizabeth Olsen in Miu Miu.

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Rihanna in Stella McCartney.

Photo: Getty Images

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung.

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Anna Kendrick in J.Mendel.

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Margot Robbie in Diane von Furstenberg.

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Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney.

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Jessica Pare in Michael Kors.

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Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta.

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Kate Mara in Valentino.

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Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte.

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

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Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe.

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Shailene Woodley in Rodarte.

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Solange in 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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Vera Wang and Joan Smalls in Vera Wang.

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Rita Ora in Donna Karan.

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Brie Larson in Prada.

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Naomi Campbell in Givenchy.

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Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren.

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Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera.

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Aerin Lauder.

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Katie Couric.

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Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso.

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Alexa Chung in Nina Ricci.

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Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen.

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Zooey Deschanel in Tommy Hilfiger.

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Giuliana Rancic.

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Rashida Jones.

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Dianna Agron.

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Bradley Cooper.

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Tabitha Simmons.

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Sandra Lee in Dara Lamb.

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Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen.

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Gabrielle Union.

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Lily Allen.

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Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino.

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Jessica Lange and Marc Jacobs.

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Naomi Watts in Givenchy.

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Model Adriana Lima in Givenchy Couture by Riccardo Tisci.

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Singer Erykah Badu in Givenchy.

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