Fashion flashbacks from the Met Gala

As we count down to the red carpet event of the year, we take a look back at all the best looks from the Met Gala over the years.

It’s the biggest fashion event of the year.

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala, is an annual fundraiser that pays tribute to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

The star-studded event marks the beginning of the annual fashion exhibit, so naturally, all the stars bring on their very best.

It’s a night not for the little black dress, but for something extravagant. Something daring. Something a little bit ‘out there’.

From Nicole Kidman’s ‘barely there’ dress, to Rihanna’s yellow, fur-trimmed cape with a train that required the help of at least three men.

As we count down to 2016’s highly-anticipated event, we take a look back at the best weird and wonderful looks from past years.

Click through the gallery for the fashion journey that is the Met Gala.

Katie Holmes seemed to float on by in a midnight, sparkly backless Zac Posen gown, topped off by a chic bob.

We’re torn about Nicole’s glittering sheer gown of 2003…

Madonna showed off her rebellious side in this statement Moschino gown, complete with high gloves and a cape at last year’s event. Although perhaps her and Katy Perry should have coordinated their outfits before the big day!

Aussie beauty, Cate Blanchett absolutely stole the red carpet of 2007, wearing a gold fringe gown by Balenciaga.

In 2012, model Karolina Kurkova hit the red carpet channeling C-3PO in this bedazzled gold Rachel Zoe gown, which she topped off with a matching turban.

The 2015 Met Gala was the year of the barely-there dress, and as always, Beyonce ruled in this glitzy Givenchy number.

Blake Lively was an old Hollywood vision in Gucci at the 2014 gala.

This Marc Jacobs fishnet gown definitely made a statement, but it was the spiked hair that had everyone talking about Miley Cyrus!

This custom Balenciaga by Alexander Wang number had fashionista’s everywhere going gaga!

Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy dress for Kim Kardashian at the 2013 Met Gala was compared to a couch…

This custom Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Taylor Swift was a standout at the 2014 event.

How could we possibly forget Rihanna’s show-stopping, yellow Guo Pei dress from last year’s Gala.

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