Red carpet rebels! The Met Ball's most outrageous looks
Meena Hart Duerson
The annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the Met Ball, always offers a stunning parade of celebrity fashion. Stars and designers come together for a night dedicated to haute couture, inspired by a theme that changes year to year, and over-the-top looks often rule the night.
The dress code for this year's gala, held on Monday night, calls for attendees to wear "evening dress and decorations" for a very Downton Abbey-esque aesthetic. While we don't yet know who will emerge as the night's fashion winner, let's take a stroll down memory lane at the most memorable looks of Met Balls past.
That's not what Marnie would wear! "Girls" star Allison Williams went over to the dark side in a racy look for last year's punk-themed gala.
Amber Valetta channeled Marie Antoinette in this gown in 2004.
Madonna, looking ageless as always, wore over-the-knee boots on the red carpet in 2009.
When stars collide! Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lawrence cozied up on the red carpet in 2013.
Model Karolina Kurkova had a message for fellow partygoers in this bold graffiti gown in 2005.
A very pregnant Kim Kardashian got a lot of flak for this floral gown, which she wore to the event alongside then-boyfriend — and fashion lover — Kanye West.
Maggie Gyllenhaal went for a sweet and romantic look in 2008 for the "Fashion and Fantasy"-themed event.
Cher looked out of this world at the Met Ball in 1985, which she attended with fashion designer Bob Mackie.
Beyonce left little to the imagination in a dazzling — and very sheer — blue feathered gown at the event in 2012.
A brunette Jessica Simpson showed off plunging cleavage in this metallic halter gown in 2007.
Chloe Sevigny's short 'do and cropped dress left her looking very mod.
Nicole Richie, looking otherwordly in a silver sheath with silvery hair, managed to look both spooky and serene.
Christina Ricci showed off a cobwebbed look in this spidery gown in 2011.
Is that an Olsen twin under there? Ashley Olsen went for a loose look in a glittery muumuu-style mustard-colored sheath.
Eva Mendes went for va-va-voom glamour in this empire-waisted gown in 2006.