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!

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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