April 28, 2017 10:52 AM EDT The Met Gala, an annual fundraiser for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is generally acknowledged as the biggest night in fashion, with designers, industry insiders, models, and celebrities turning out in their finest looks for a night at the museum, celebrating all things sartorial.
Since the event is a fashion lover’s dream, it should come as no surprise that when it comes to the red carpet,
attendees pull out all the stops, often adhering to the night’s theme with fantastical, stunning, and at times, bizarre ensembles. If there’s ever a night to take a fashion risk, the Met Gala is the perfect event to go all out.
Rihanna‘s sweeping yellow, fur-trimmed Guo Pei cape that launched a million memes to Madonna‘s barely-there, punk-inspired fishnet and plaid Givenchy getup, see the 18 most outrageous Met Gala looks of all time above. Diana Ross, 1981 Bertrand Rindoff Petroff—Getty Images Cher in Bob Mackie, 1985 Ron Galella—WireImage Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney, 1999 New York Daily News Archive—NY Daily News via Getty Images Amber Valletta in Maggie Norris Couture and John Galliano, 2004 Evan Agostini—Getty Images Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen, 2011 Larry Busacca—Getty Images Beyoncé in Givenchy, 2012 Stephen Lovekin—FilmMagic Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon and Philip Treacy Headpiece, 2013 Stephen Lovekin—FilmMagic Madonna in Givenchy, 2013 Larry Busacca—Getty Images Lupita Nyong'o in Prada, 2014 Dimitrios Kambouris—Getty Images Erykah Badu in Givenchy, 2014 Dimitrios Kambouris—Getty Images Rihanna in Guo Pei, 2015 Larry Busacca—Getty Images Katy Perry in Moschino, 2015 Larry Busacca—Getty Images Karen Elson in Dolce & Gabbana, 2015 Jamie McCarthy—FilmMagic Solange Knowles in David LaPort, 2016 Jamie McCarthy—FilmMagic Katy Perry in Maison Margiela Artisinal by John Galliano, 2017 Venturelli—FilmMagic Katy Perry attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly) Theo Wargo—Getty Images For US Weekly Helen Lasichanh in Comme des Garcons, 2017 Karwai Tang—WireImage Rihanna in Comme des Garcons, 2017 Neilson Barnard—Getty Images More Must-Reads From TIME Meet the 2024 Women of the Year Greta Gerwig's Next Big Swing East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment In the Belly of MrBeast The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? The Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Netflix Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time