The Best Ever Met Gala Dresses Of All Time

The Best Ever Met Gala Dresses Of All Time
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With hype building for 2017's Met Gala, we look back at the best dresses since the annual event began...

The Met Gala is the Oscars of the fashion industry, where each year the most exciting, most innovative looks make their way up the red carpet at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. From Sarah Jessica Parker in tartan Alexander McQueen and Kate Moss in gold-lamé Marc Jacobs - complete with matching turban - to Rihanna's Guo Pei Chinese couture and anything Blake Lively wears, there is always a moment

The black-tie extravaganza takes place on the first Monday every May, but it's no ordinary 'black tie' dress code, because each year there's a theme. The theme, which is dictated by the subject of the Institute's exhibition, inspires and pushes designers - and the A-listers they dress - to push their creative boundaries. The most recent themes for the Costume Institute exhibition and gala have been: 

2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

2015: China: Through The Looking Glass

2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture

2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

2010: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

So what show-stopping moments will this year's Met Ball bring? The theme for 2017 honours Rei Kawakubo, the Japanese creative director and founder of the highly influential label Comme des Garçons. A remarkable feat considering it's only the second time a single designer has been the theme of the exhibition - the first was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. 

The biography on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website says: “Kawakubo’s empire combines an industrially inspired socialist work ethic with a nearly fanatical desire to purvey clothing as an ever-changing product of its sociocultural environment, citing both neorealism and futurism in runway collections and advertising.”

The main takeaway from this: expect it to be the most avant-garde Met Gala red carpet yet. 

And don't forget, InStyle will be on-hand to bring you all the very best moments from this year's Met Gala.

Re-cap the best Met Gala dresses ever in our gallery below. 


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