April 25, 2016 7:54 AM EDT

Each year, the editors of TIME spend months creating the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The honorees typically include a mix of activists, artists, athletes, authors, world leaders and other leaders—and they’re all invited to a black-tie gala to celebrate their far-reaching achievements. There are toasts, there are musical performances and there are gowns—oh, are there gowns. In advance of this year’s gala, which takes place Tuesday, we invite you to take a look back at some of the most stunning looks from previous years.

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