10 best Met Gala dresses of all time

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Be honest -- how often are you excited for it to be Monday? We know... not that often! But today is the First Monday in May -- and that means it's time for the 2016 Met Gala. With the theme "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," we know this year's event is going to be one to remember -- but there have also been plenty of memorable moments in the past.

Sarah Jessica Parker in tartan Alexander McQueen, Emma Stone in colorblocked Thakoon, Beyonce's ombre Givenchy ... Over the years the Costume Institute Gala has become more and more synonymous with some of the most impressive gowns and biggest style statements on the red carpet.

If you've watched the Met Gala as obsessively as we have, you know exactly what we're talking about when we refer to Blake Lively radiating in shimmering Givenchy, with husband Ryan Reynolds by her side. Below, our picks for the 10 most beautiful, memorable red carpet looks from Met Galas through the years.

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2012: Carey Mulligan wearing Prada to the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala.

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2006: Victoria Beckham wearing Roland Mouret to the 'Anglomania: Traditions & Transgressions in British Fashion' Costume Institute Gala.

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2011: Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Stella McCartney to the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala.

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2014: Emma Stone wearing Thakoon to the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala.

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2012: Beyonce Knowles wearing Givenchy Couture to the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala.

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2014: Blake Lively wearing Gucci to the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala.

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2014: Karolina Kurkova wearing Marchesa to the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala.

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2012: Diane Kruger wearing Prada to the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala.

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2006: Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Alexander McQueen to the 'AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion,' Costume Institute Gala.

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2010: Marion Cotillard wearing Christian Dior to the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' Costume Institute Gala.

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Excited to see how celebrities and designers alike interpret this year's technology-filled theme? Stay tuned with AOL.com for our coverage of the red carpet tonight!

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