15 best Met Gala dresses of all time

Be honest -- how often are you excited for it to be Monday? We know... not that often! But next week comes the First Monday in May -- and that means it's time for the 2019 Met Gala. With the theme "Camp," 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 color-blocked 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.

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15 best Met Gala looks of all time
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15 best Met Gala looks of all time

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

(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)

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

(Photo by Desiree Navarro/FilmMagic)

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

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

2018: Amal Clooney wears Richard Quinn to the 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination 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.

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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

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

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

2016: Zoe Saldana wears Dolce & Gabbana to attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala.

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

2016: Rachel McAdams opts for Valentino for the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala.

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2017: Julianne Moore wears Calvin Klein by Appointment to 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' 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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2018: Kim Kardashian wears Versace for 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.'

(Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) 

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

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)

2017: Gisele Bundchen wears Stella McCartney to the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala.

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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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. Above, our picks for the 15 most beautiful, memorable red carpet looks from Met Galas through the years.

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

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UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 06: Elizabeth Hurley steps out at the Costume Institute Gala "Rock Style," an exhibit of rock 'n' roll fashions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
371427 01: Liz Hurley at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. New York, NY. December 6, 1999. (Photo by: Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc./Liaison Agency)
Singer Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown attend The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibiton of "Rock Style" on December 6, 1999 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute gala exhibition, New York, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
374393 01: 12/06/99 New York, NY. Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
Actress Charlize Theron attends The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibtion of "Rock Style" on December 6, 1999 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Charlize Theron at Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
12/06/99 New York, Ny. Minnie Driver And Gwyneth Paltrow At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art For The Costume Institute Gala. (Photo By Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Getty Images)
Journalist Tina Brown attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Exhibiton "Rock Style" on December 6, 1999 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
12/06/99 New York, NY. Jerry Seinfeld with fiancee, Jessica Sklar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
Actress Lynn Whitfield attends The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition 'Rock Style' on December 6, 1999 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Desmond Harrington and Model Amber Valletta attend The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of 'Rock Style' on December 6, 1999 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson during The Costume Institute Gala Presents "Rock Style" at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
12/06/99 New York, NY. Christina Ricci ("Sleepy Hollow") at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
Jennifer Lopez and Puff Daddy (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
12/06/99 New York, NY. Joe Perry (l) and Steven Tyler (r) of Aerosmith at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
Kate Moss at Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
E361277-30:The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Costume Institute Gala Celebrating The Exhibition "Rock Style" Nyc 12/6/99 -Model Gisele Bundchen (Photo By Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
378344 03: 12/06/99 New York, NY. Minnie Driver at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 6: Actress Minnie Driver attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of "Rock Style" on December 6, 1999 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
12/06/99 New York, NY. Actress Kim Cattrall ("Sex And The City") at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
374444 01: 12/06/99 New York, NY. Jennifer Love Hewitt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala. Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.
Heather Graham and Ed Burns during The Costume Institute Gala Presents "Rock Style" at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
373689 01: Ed Burns and Heather Graham at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Gala in New York, NY, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc.)
Model and actress, Milla Jovovich at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo by mark peterson/Corbis via Getty Images)
Donatella Versace at Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
Iman at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute gala exhibition, New York, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
Gabby Karan and Donna Karan at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute gala exhibition, New York, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
Michael Bloomberg at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute gala exhibition of 'Rock Style' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
Elle Macpherson at Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
E361277-08:The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Costume Institute Gala Celebrating The Exhibition "Rock Style" Nyc 12/6/99 -Gwyneth Paltrow Arriving. (Photo By Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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