The 40 Most Over-the-Top Met Ball Looks of the Past Decade

On Monday night, celebrities, models and designers will ascend the Metropolitan Museum of Art's famed steps to celebrate the launch of the Costume Institute's "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibit. Each year's Met Ball brings out fashion so avant-garde and envelope-pushing, it makes even the Oscars seem tame—something we're pretty sure has to do with fashion people's notorious love of drama.

We can't wait to see the safety-pins, mohawks and dressed-up moto jackets Monday night will surely bring—and to tide you over 'til then, we've rounded up the 40 most over-the-top Met Ball looks from the past decade. Whether wonderful, wild or just plain weird, these folks certainly know how to run with a theme and make a statement. Click through to check them out!

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Beyoncé, 2012

Queen B flaunted her post-baby body in this completely-sheer feathered couture Givenchy just four months after giving birth to Blue Ivy. Damn.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2006

SJP brought McQueen himself to the Met's "Anglomania"-themed event, dressed in this half-tartan, half-lace showstopper. Cue the Scottish prom photo!

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Shalom Harlow, 2009

In our humble opinion, Shalom Harlow is one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the planet. Shame about that wearable Hefty bag, though.

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Naomi Campbell, 2011

Oh, and here's Daenerys. Come to think of it, why don't they just make Game of Thrones 2014's theme and save everyone a lot of trouble?

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Molly Sims, 2009

Ferrero Rocher for Dolce and Gabbana.

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Mary-Kate Olsen, 2007

Clearly, MK's referencing her and her sister's hit 1993 TV movie Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. That has to be it. Right?

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Erin O'Connor and Matthew Williamson, 2006

Pomp and potpourri.

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Marc Jacobs, 2012

Presented without comment.

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Lauren Santo Domingo, 2012

Put a bow (or 50) on it!

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Linda Fargo, 2007

Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo can't wait to pull this exact ensemble out of the back of her closet for her Gatsby midnight screening next week.

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Linda Evangelista, 2006

While the event planners requested bigger, more dramatic floral centerpieces, we don't think this is what they meant.

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Leighton Meester, 2009

Unable to choose between the puff-sleeved, plunge-front cocktail dress and the embellished, patterned leggings, Leighton went with both. We suggest she sharpen her decision-making skills.

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Kirsten Dunst, 2007

The real inspiration behind Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue?" This vintage YSL.


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Madonna, 2009

Even Marc Jacobs himself looks a bit concerned about having made Madonna wear those teal bunny ears. (Sidenote: back in high school, we totally saved a full year's worth of allowance to buy one of those Vuitton logo pouches.)

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Katy Perry, 2010

"You just gotta igniiiiite the niiiiight and lettttt it shiiiiine..."

With this glow-in-the-dark creation, that's exactly what Katy did.

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Kate Moss, 2009

Leave it to Kate Moss to turn the Met Ball into a toga party—a black tie toga party.

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Kate Bosworth, 2008

While 99.9 percent of attendees would've let that uber-colorful dress speak for itself, Kate went the extra mile with matching heels and eye makeup, resulting in one of our favorite Met Ball looks of all time.

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Kate Beckinsale, 2009

The bodice says "let's party!" while the skirt says "but remember, I turn into a pumpkin at midnight."

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Karolina Kurkova, 2005

We love you too, Karolina.

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Jessica Stam, 2007

When fashion people talk about "wearable art," they usually don't mean it literally—but this Klimt-inspired Dior Haute Couture's a clear exception.

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Coco Rocha, 2012

Not only is this a pantsuit, it's a sunshine-yellow pantsuit. Worn with a neon pink top. And matching ombré hair. And yet, somehow, the whole look works.

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Jenna Lyons, 2012

Leave it to Jenna Lyons to wear her black tie party skirt with...a jean jacket. Always ahead of the curve, that J. Ly.

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Iman, 2011

Actually, this is probably one of the tamer getups currently gathering dust in Iman and David Bowie's closet.

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Florence Welch, 2012

In which the house of McQueen makes a bid for a guest spot on Ace of Cakes.

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Doutzen Kroes, 2010

What a tulle.

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Daphne Guinness, 2011

Sorry, Daph—Kevin McCallister already gave his other turtle dove to that weird bird lady in Central Park.

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Jessica Stam, 2006

A wearable salute to Moulin Rouge! that Baz Luhrmann would love.

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Joy Bryant, 2008

That's a lot of Pucci.

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Christina Ricci, 2011

Seems Christina just couldn't leave her Addams Family days behind her.

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Chloë Sevigny, 2012

Let's disc-uss.

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Coco Rocha, 2010

Someone was really ahead of the curve on spring's mermaid trend.

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Charlotte Kemp Muhl, 2010

Chartreuse lederhosen: not what we'd personally pick for the Met Ball, but far be it from us to deny someone else the experience.

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Cecilia Dean, 2005

The 2005 Met Ball, proudly brought to you by Kleenex brand facial tissues.

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Blake Lively, 2010

Creature From the Blue Lagoon.

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You do you, Babs. You do you.

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Anna Wintour, 2008

Impressive wingspan, Anna.

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Amber Valetta, 2004

That one time Marie Antoinette went to Coachella.

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Anne Hathaway, 2009

"I dreamed a dream of hair worn hiiiiiigh..."

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Beyoncé, 2011

Between the hobble skirt and the boobie window, this Emilio Pucci seemed like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. Leave it to Beyoncé, however, to turn a style liability into a lesson in stellar black-tie dressing.

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