The Met Gala is almost here and while the event is about fundraising for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it is also about the outlandish red carpet attire.

We’ve seen some wonderfully wacky outfits at the museum’s event over the years. From Rihanna’s yellow 75ft train dress to Madonna baring all in her see-through ensemble, we always think we’ve seen it all and then the next year comes around. Someone always pulls a corker out of the bag and we can’t wait to see what the 2018 Met Gala has in store.

What we mostly love about this event? These women seriously don’t give a f**k and wear exactly what they want. It of course is meant to fit the year’s theme, but we think it gives celebs a chance to express themselves on a big platform and here are some of the most out there outfits we’ve seen over the years…

Claire Danes

On first appearance, this dress by Zac Posen was simply a strapless princess ball gown. But once inside the event with the lights out, Claire Danes’ dress really came to life…or should we say light? This dress was a glow in the dark number. Round of applause to Zac for going to town on the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ theme in 2016.

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Tabitha Simmons

This dress in 2016 was all about its fierce structure – check out those shoulder pads! If you’re going to do costume, do costume properly like Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana. She even draped on extra jewels to this lavish look.

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Tabitha Simmons
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Anne Hathaway

For the 2015 Met Gala, Anne Hathaway wore a gold hooded dress. Anne told Vanity Fair: “I actually feel weirdly confident having a hood over my head. There’s something protective about it. If someone asks me a question I don’t like, I can pull down the hoodie and just walk away.” Sounds sensible to us, Anne.

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Lupita

Lupita originally hated her feathered Prada dress for the 2014 Met Gala according to Vogue, but then loved it once it was on the hanger. We think you look fab Lupita!

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Grace Coddington

Why wear an uncomfortable heavy gown on the red carpet when you can wear silk PJs? That was former model and current Creative Director for U.S Vogue Grace Coddington’s ethos at the 2015 Met Gala ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’. Comfy and chic. Now we’re talking.

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SJP

Sarah Jessica Parker went crazy with this glam gown and wild headdress for the 2015 Met Gala. Serious not giving a f**k points. She’s a girl after our heart after turning to H&M for her design. It was a custom-made piece that the high street store and SJP collaborated on together. H&M said the piece highlights their vision of “…making fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable.” Nice.

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Madonna

Madonna wore a sheer dress by Givenchy to the 2016 Met Gala. She shouldn’t have had to explain herself to anyone but she felt the need due to so much criticism:

“…When it comes to Women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I’m not going to start.”

You go girl.

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Rihanna

Rihanna’s yellow dress with a 75ft train – we kid you not – must be one of the most talked about Met Gala dresses of all time. It was so long she needed train bearers which made it seem like the 2015 Met Gala was her big day. She literally owned the event with the theme ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’. Rihanna chose a Chinese couturier (Guo Pei) to design it and it took two years to make.

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Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles’ canary yellow ensemble by David Laport at the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology’ Met Gala in 2016 didn’t exactly fit the theme. And did she care? Not really. Many speculated the lemonade coloured look was in support of sister Beyonce last year. If so, we salute her even more.

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Julie Macklowe

American beauty entrepeneur Julie Macklowe attended the ‘Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology’ 2016 Met Gala wearing a robotic jumpsuit that was embellished all over and fitted the theme perfectly. Brave pays off.

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Katy Perry

Katy attended the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ 2017 Met Gala draped in a red tulle outfit.  Her veil contained an elaborate headpiece that had its own wing mirrors and read “witness”.  The dress was designed by designer John Gilliano which caused some upset on Twitter.

Katy Perry
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Cara Delevingne

Model and actress Cara Delevingne attended the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ 2017 Met Gala in a bejewelled Chanel trouser suit. Cara also painted her apparently shaven head silver and studded it with dew drops and jewels and used silver glitter on her boobs for one hell of a power look.

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Bella Hadid

Bella’s full on glittering onesie at the 2017 ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ 2017 Met Gala was one of the most talked about outfits.  Designed by Alexander Wang, the one featured a super low, scooped back, off-the-shoulder neckline and lace and beads all the way down to the shoe.  It’s never been confirmed whether Bella was sewn into the outfit before the Met Gala, but it’s so snug, we can’t imagine her making many toilet trips.

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