Red carpet rebels! The Met Ball's most outrageous looks

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.

Actress Allison Williams attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. Larry Busacca / Getty Images
Allison Williams attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

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.

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Model Amber Valetta attends the "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century" Costume Institute benefit gala o... Evan Agostini / Getty Images
Model Amber Valetta attends the "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century" Costume Institute benefit gala on April 26, 2004 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.

Amber Valetta channeled Marie Antoinette in this gown in 2004.

Musician Madonna attends "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. Larry Busacca / Getty Images
Musician Madonna attends "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City.

Madonna, looking ageless as always, wore over-the-knee boots on the red carpet in 2009.

Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 6, 2013, celebrating the opening of Punk: Chaos to Couture. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP/Getty Images
Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 6, 2013, celebrating the opening of Punk: Chaos to Couture.

When stars collide! Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lawrence cozied up on the red carpet in 2013.

attends the MET Costume Institute Gala Celebrating Chanel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 2, 2005 In New York City. Evan Agostini / Getty Images
Karolina Kurkova attends the MET Costume Institute Gala Celebrating Chanel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 2, 2005 In New York City.

Model Karolina Kurkova had a message for fellow partygoers in this bold graffiti gown in 2005.

Kim Kardashian and  Kanye West attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for The Huffington
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

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.

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City.

Maggie Gyllenhaal went for a sweet and romantic look in 2008 for the "Fashion and Fantasy"-themed event.

Designer Bob Mackie and Cher attend The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of "Costumes of Royal India" on December 9, 1985. Ron Galella / WireImage
Designer Bob Mackie and Cher attend The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of "Costumes of Royal India" on December 9, 1985.

Cher looked out of this world at the Met Ball in 1985, which she attended with fashion designer Bob Mackie.

Beyonce attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 7, 2012, celebrating the opening of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP/Getty Images
Beyonce attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 7, 2012, celebrating the opening of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in New York.

Beyonce left little to the imagination in a dazzling — and very sheer — blue feathered gown at the event in 2012.

NEW YORK - MAY 07:  Singer Jessica Simpson attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala "Poiret: King Of Fashion" at the Metro... Evan Agostini / Getty Images
Jessica Simpson attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala "Poiret: King Of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2007 in New York City.

A brunette Jessica Simpson showed off plunging cleavage in this metallic halter gown in 2007.

Actress Chloe Sevigny arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2012 Costume Institute Gala benefit. JUSTIN LANE / EPA
Actress Chloe Sevigny arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2012 Costume Institute Gala benefit.

Chloe Sevigny's short 'do and cropped dress left her looking very mod.

Nicole Richie at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" in New York, May 6, 2013. CARLO ALLEGRI / Reuters
Nicole Richie at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" in New York, May 6, 2013.

Nicole Richie, looking otherwordly in a silver sheath with silvery hair, managed to look both spooky and serene.

Actress Christina Ricci attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. Larry Busacca / Getty Images
Actress Christina Ricci attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.

Christina Ricci showed off a cobwebbed look in this spidery gown in 2011.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  Ashley Olsen attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ... Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images
Ashley Olsen attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

Is that an Olsen twin under there? Ashley Olsen went for a loose look in a glittery muumuu-style mustard-colored sheath.

 Eva Mendes attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala: Anglomania at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 1, 2006 in New York City. Evan Agostini / Getty Images
Eva Mendes attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala: Anglomania at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 1, 2006 in New York City.

Eva Mendes went for va-va-voom glamour in this empire-waisted gown in 2006.

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    Hey punk! 2013 Met Costume Institute Gala

    A-listers mixed a punk edge into their usual red-carpet glamour for this year's annual Costume Institute Gala.

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    Anne Hathaway, Beyonce and Madonna were among the dozens of celebrities who attended the 2013 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6 in New York City. Many took this year’s theme, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," to heart.

    Oscar winner Anne Hathaway dressed in Valentino and revealed a new platinum ’do.

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    Designer Nicole Richie wears custom Topshop and a bright white hairstyle.

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    "The Great Gatbsy" star Carey Mulligan goes for subtle and chic in a Balenciaga sheath dress.

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    Actress Sienna Miller paired a tough studded jacket with a white floor-length Burberry gown.

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    "Iron Man 3" star Gwyneth Paltrow looks pretty in hot pink Valentino.

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    Actress and activist Jessica Alba accentuates her assets in Tory Burch.

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    It’s all roses from here until the pregnant reality star, in Riccardo Tisci, delivers her first child.

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    The actress gets sassy in an asymmetrical Alberta Ferretti.

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    The SNL star escorts his fiancé.

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    The "Mad Man" actress channels the punk swan look.

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    Punk means spiky hair and a full-length fishnet gown by Marc Jacobs.

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    Football player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen.

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    The former ‘Sex and the City’ star gets fierce with her mohawk headpiece by Philip Treacy.

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    The Material Momma rocks a jacket over thigh high fishnets and hot pink spikes.

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    Hermione definitely has grown up, as proof by her glamorous hand-draped Prabal Gurung gown.

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    The actress wears Gucci -- and lots of feathers.

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    Punk apparently means looking conventional in a royal blue Tommy Hilfiger gown.

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    The singer had fashionistas seeing spots as she sports a form-hugging gown designed by her escort, Michael Kors.

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    The crooner crowns herself Dolce & Gabbana queen.

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    The actress rocks the pantsuit from Stella McCartney.

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    The Olympic skier and golfing great get excited over the chance to get out gym clothes.

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    The “Hunger Games’ actress dons a gold beaded Versace jacket – and not much else.

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    The “New Girl” star, in a one-shouldered Tommy Hilfiger gown, is nearly unrecognizable without her trademark bangs.

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    The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model covers up with a Diane Von Furstenberg gown.

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    The rock singers get some couple time on the red carpet.

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    The actress strikes a pose in Calvin Klein.

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    The Oscar winner and “Hunger Games” star shuns punk to stun in Dior.

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    The “Mad Men” star wears Jason Wu.

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    The E! host goes metallic.

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    The “Once Upon a Time” star laid it on thick – the eye brows and eyelids, that is. The black trim theme carries through in her gold Tory Burch gown.

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    The actress sparkles in Carolina Herrera.

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    The actress wears a Saint Laurent gown that cuts away above her knees to show off her matching t-strap heels.

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    The actress is under wraps with her cobalt Stella McCartney gown and her belt of spikes.

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    The actress contrasts the red carpet with her green Zac Posen gown.

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    The actress is anything but punk in her billowing white Calvin Klein gown.

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    Orange you glad you’re here, Ashley?

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    The singer looks fierce in her studded J. Mendel gown.

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    The “Scandal” star spots black and blue Vera Wang and full-length leather gloves.

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    The “Game of Thrones” actress is the lady in Ralph Lauren red – and the oversized cross earring.

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    The actress wears a white zippered Givenchy gown and punks up the look with dark, vampish lipstick.

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    The gala’s honorary chair makes a grand entrance in Givenchy.

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