The Met Ball, the annual costume gala that fundraises for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, is one of the biggest social events in New York and one of the most iconic in fashion every year. Fashion lovers and celebrity fans both zero in on the guest list and who is dressing whom – especially since Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor in chief, oversees the gala. Each year has a theme, and designers clamor to dress Hollywood’s hottest stars. While we eagerly await the night of fashion surprises, take a look at some of the biggest looks ever to walk the carpet:
1. Sofia Vergara
Sofia looked stunning in Marchesa at the 2012 Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations Costume Institute Gala.
2. Salma Hayek
Salma went with a neutral palette at the 2011 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty gala wearing a piece by the designer. Her and her husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, were honorary chairs of the ’11 event.
3. Rosario Dawson
Rosario knew how to pose in her Diane von Furstenberg sequined dress at the 2011 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty gala.
4. Nicole Richie
This look definitely turned heads and was one of the most polarizing looks of the year: you either loved it or you hated it. Ever the fashion darling, Nicole went all out for the 2013 PUNK: Chaos to Couture theme wearing a Topshop dress and sporting white hair, and we think she killed it.
5. La La Anthony
LaLa went for a Cinderella look at the 2011 Met Ball with the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty theme.
6. Jessica Alba
Alba certainly went for the gold (and won) at the 2012 Met Ball for the Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit wearing Michael Kors.
7. Jennifer Lopez 2010
Yowza! J.Lo looked stunning in this gown at the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity 2010 Met Ball wearing Zuhair Murad.
8. Jennifer Lopez 2011
What can we say, woman knows how to work it! The superstar dazzled at the 2011 Met Ball wearingGucci.
9. Jennifer Lopez 2013
J.Lo’s 2013 look was definitely one for the (fashion) history books, as she kept true to the punk theme wearing Michael Kors.
10. Gisele Bundchen 2011
The supermodel looked radiant at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty 2011 Met Ball wearing the namesake designer. At the event, she said: “When I was 17, McQueen gave me my first big break by booking me for his fashion show,” Gisele said. “Doing his show opened many doors for my career. I am excited to be wearing one of his designs to honor his legacy.”
11. Gisele Bundchen 2013
Gisele also looked fantastic in 2013 for the PUNK: Chaos to Couture Met Ball wearing Anthony Vacarello.
The performer went for some serious extravagance in this Marchesa number at the 2013 Met Ball.
13. Eva Mendes
The actress kept it romantic at the 2006 Met Ball in this gown, which definitely caused some strong reactions – both good and bad.
14. Camilla Belle
Camilla Belle was one of the top looks of the night at the 2012 Met Ball, wearing Ralph Lauren collection with a vampy makeup look.
15. Aubrey Plaza
The actress went with the punk theme at the 2013 Met Ball as she was dressed by Vogue magazine in this Marios Schwab dress.