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

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

1974

THEME: "Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design"

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

WEARING: Lots of glitter.

1975

THEME: "American Women of Style"

WHO: Barbara Walters 

WEARING: A sleek and sophisticated dress.

1977

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

WHO: President and Nancy Regan

WEARING: A black off-the-shoulder dress.

1979

THEME: "Fashions of the Hapsburg Era"

WHO: Diane von Furstenberg

WEARING: A dark embellished strapless gown.

1979

THEME: "Fashions of the Hapsburg Era"

WHO: Jackie Kennedy Onassis

WEARING: A black strapless gown with full skirt.

1982

THEME: "La Belle Epoque"

WHO: Raquel Welch

WEARING: A snakeskin dress with pointed shoulders.

1985

THEME: "Costumes of Royal India"

WHO: Cher

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

1987

THEME: "Diana Vreeland"

WHO: Kim Alexis

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

1989

THEME: "18th Century Woman"

WHO: Carolina Herrera and Nan Kempner

WEARING: Embellished jackets.

1989

THEME: "18th Century Woman"

WHO: Calvin Klein

WEARING: A dashing black suit.

1989

THEME: "18th Century Woman"

WHO: Pat Buckley

WEARING: All black and some attitude.

1991

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

WHO: Blaine Trump and Lynda Carter

WEARING: Interesting necklines with plaid and green!

1992

THEME: "Fashion and History: A Dialogue"

WHO: Christy Turlington

WEARING: A neck full of pearls.

1992

THEME: "Fashion and History: A Dialogue"

WHO: Mary McFadden

WEARING: Embellished sequins over wispy white.

1994

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

WHO: Oscar de la Renta

WEARING: A sleek suit.

1995

THEME: "Haute Couture"

WHO: Gwyneth Paltrow

WEARING: Slim-fitting baby blue.

1997

THEME: "Gianni Versace"

WHO: Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley

WEARING: Sleek lavender with high slit and fur stole.

1997

THEME: "Gianni Versace"

WHO: Salma Hayek

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

1999

THEME: "Rock Style"

WHO: Charlize Theron

WEARING: A simple, sleek dress.

1999

THEME: "Rock Style"

WHO: Amber Valetta and Desmond Harrington

WEARING: An in-your-face gold jumpsuit.

1999

THEME: "Rock Style"

WHO: Jennifer Love-Hewitt

WEARING: Midriff-baring crop top and skirt.

1999

THEME: "Rock Style"

WHO: Jennifer Lopez and Sean "Puffy" Combs

WEARING: Lots of Layers.

1999

THEME: "Rock Style"

WHO: Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney

WEARING: Homemade "rock royalty" t-shirts.

2001

THEME: "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"

WHO: Hillary Clinton

WEARING: metallic on metallic.

2001

THEME: "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"

WHO: Diane von Furstenberg

WEARING: magenta perfection.

2001

THEME: "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"

WHO: Renee Zellwegger

WEARING: A classic Jackie-inspired dress.

2003

THEME: "Goddess"

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

WEARING: All looking sharp in black-tie attire.

2003

THEME: "Goddess"

WHO: Kate Hudson

WEARING: Stella McCartney

2003

THEME: "Goddess"

WHO: Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Dolce & Gabbana

2004

THEME: "Dangerous Liaisons"

WHO: Claire Danes

WEARING: Alexander McQueen

2004

THEME: "Dangerous Liaisons"

WHO: Hilary Swank

WEARING: Sky blue and strapless.

2004

THEME: "Dangerous Liaisons"

WHO: Mandy Moore

WEARING: Stunning plum.

2006

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

WHO: Emmy Rossum

WEARING: Ralph Lauren

2006

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

WHO: Jessica Alba

WEARING: Calvin Klein

2006

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

WHO: Lindsay Lohan

WEARING: Marchesa

2006

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

WHO: Sarah Jessica Parker

WEARING: Alexander McQueen

2006

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

WHO: Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Roland Mouret

2007

THEME: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Camilla Belle

WEARING: Jean Paul Gaultier

2007

THEME: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Cameron Diaz

WEARING: Dior

2007

THEME: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Ivanka Trump

WEARING: Black and white done right.

2007

THEME: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Kate Bosworth

WEARING: Prada

2007

THEME: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

WHO: Sandra Bullock

WEARING: Alberta Ferretti 

2008

THEME: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Anna Wintour

WEARING: Karl Lagerfeld

2008

THEME: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Bee Schaffer

WEARING: A stunning purple gown.

2008

THEME: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Christina Ricci

WEARING:  Givenchy

2008

THEME: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: David and Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Victoria in Vintage Giorgio Armani

2008

THEME: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

WEARING: Giorgio Armani

2008

THEME: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"

WHO: Naomi Watts

WEARING: Thierry Mugler

2008

THEME: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

WEARING: Jessica in Versace

2009

THEME: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Leighton Meester

WEARING: Louis Vuitton

2009

THEME: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Rachel Bilson

WEARING: Bally

2009

THEME: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Rihanna

WEARING: Dolce and Gabbana

2009

THEME: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

WHO: Victoria Beckham

WEARING: Marc Jacobs

2010

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Alexa Chung

WEARING: Phillip Lim

2010

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Emma Watson

WEARING: Burberry

2010

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Gisele Bundchen

WEARING: Alexander Wang

2010

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WEARING: Zuhair Murad Couture

2010

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Katy Perry

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

2010

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Kristen Stewart

WEARING: Chanel

2010

THEME: "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity"

WHO: Marion Cotillard

WEARING: Christian Dior

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Ashley Olsen

WEARING: Vintage Christian Dior Haute Couture

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Brooklyn Decker

WEARING: Michael Kors

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Fergie

WEARING: Marchesa

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WEARING: Gucci

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Kate Hudson

WEARING: Stella McCartney

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Kristen Stewart

WEARING: Proenza Schouler

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Miranda Kerr

WEARING: Marchesa

2011

THEME: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

WHO: Naomi Campbell

WEARING: Alexander McQueen

2012

THEME: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Beyonce

WEARING: Givenchy Haute Couture

2012

THEME: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Carey Mulligan

WEARING: Prada

2012

THEME: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Diane Kruger

WEARING: Prada

2012

THEME: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Elizabeth Banks

WEARING: Mary Katrantzou

2012

THEME: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Lena Dunham

WEARING: Wes Gordon

2012

THEME: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Solange Knowles

WEARING: Rachel Roy

2012

THEME: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

WHO: Tory Burch, Rashida Jones, Brooklyn Decker

WEARING: Tory Burch

2013

THEME: "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Madonna

WEARING: Givenchy Haute Couture

2013

THEME: "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Katy Perry    

WEARING: Dolce and Gabbana

2013

THEME: "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Kate Beckinsale

WEARING: Alberta Ferretti

2013

THEME: "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Anna Wintour

WEARING: Chanel Couture 

2013

THEME: "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Miley Cyrus    

WEARING: Marc Jacobs    

2013

THEME: "Punk: Chaos to Couture"

WHO: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West    

WEARING: Givenchy    

2014

THEME: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

WHO: Emma Stone

WEARING: Thakoon

2014

THEME: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

WHO: Charlize Theron  

WEARING: Dior Couture

2014

THEME: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

WHO: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds  

WEARING: Blake in Gucci

2014

THEME: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

WHO: Sarah Jessica Parker  

WEARING: Oscar de la Renta

2014

THEME: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

WHO: Lupita Nyong'o  

WEARING: Prada

2014

THEME: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

WHO: Dakota Johnson  

WEARING: Jason Wu

2014

THEME: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

WHO: Olivia Munn  

WEARING: Diane von Furstenberg

2015

THEME: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

WHO: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

WEARING: Kim in Roberto Cavalli

2015

THEME: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

WHO: Beyonce

WEARING: Givenchy Couture

2015

THEME: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

WHO: Poppy Delevingne

WEARING: Marchesa

2015

THEME: "China: Through The Looking Glass"

WHO: Rihanna

WEARING: Guo Pie Couture

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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 "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." 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 2nd.

Plus, watch below for more on the upcoming 2016 Met Gala:
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