There are few events on the fashion social calendar quite as glamorous as the annual Met Gala, or as it is formally known, the Costume Institute Gala. The event has fascinated since its inception in 1971 and is one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world, rivalling the Oscars and Grammys. Every year a theme is unveiled to which the celebrities dress and while we wait for 2018’s Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, we looked back through the decades at some our favourite themes and looks. 

Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age of Technology (2016)

When Naomi Campbell stepped onto the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala she looked like a SciFi queen. Dazzling in a shimmering black gown she showed just enough flesh to make us weep with envy.

Naomi Campbell was absolute perfection in a dazzling cut-out skin-tight black gown. Getty Images

 

China: Through the Looking Glass (2015)

Now, this list wouldn’t even make sense without mentioning Beyoncé’s 2015 Met Gala appearance. Since gracing the red carpet, her look is as famous as the entire event. She stole the show with this sheer Givenchy dress. Also, we can’t talk about 2015, without giving a special shout-out to Rihanna’s yellow Guo Pei gown that inspired a thousand memes.

Beyoncé looked like a goddess in this sheer sparkling gown by Givenchy. Getty Images

 

Punk: Chaos to Couture (2013)

Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to the Met Gala. In fact, we can confidently say that she would appear on most Met Gala lists from the craziest to the most glamorous looks imaginable. At the 2013 Met Gala, she stepped out in a bold print gown, but we’re particularly obsessed with that mohawk headpiece and thigh-high tartan boots.

Sarah Jessica Parker is one of our regular favourites at the Met Gala. Getty Images

 

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2008)

Amber Valletta looked like a superhero in a winger metallic gown at the Met Gala in 2008. She wasn’t alone in her choice for metallics that evening as celebrities like Diane Kruger, Giselle Bundchen and even the doyenne of fashion herself Anna Wintour shone in metallics.

Amber Valletta looks like a superhero herself in this winged metallic creation. Getty Images.

 

Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century (2004)

Although her look might not have been the most over-the-top of the evening (here’s looking at you Ms. Valetta), Charlize Theron did, however, translate the 18th Century glamour into a more contemporary look at the 2004 Met Gala in a beautiful black gown with jewels.

Charlize Theron looks effortlessly glamorous in black. Getty Images

 

Cubism and Fashion (1998)

The 90’s has to be one of our favourite decades at the moment. That’s why it was such a treat digging through the archives to look at some of the looks from the 1998 Met Gala which was themed Cubism and Fashion. But through all the 90’s glam, it has to be Liv Tyler’s sleek bob that made us the most nostalgic. 

Liv Tyler looks as if she’s been transported from another era. Getty Images

 

Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture (1990)

We couldn’t resist putting Ms Campbell on this list again. After all, she is the fashion icon of our generation. Here she’s wearing a brightly patterned short dress at the 1990 Met Gala. How’s that lip liner!

Talk about a flashback! Getty Images

 

Costumes of Royal India (1985)

Cher has always been a fashion icon, so it was no surprise to see her in a dramatic tight-fitting black and gold creation at the 1985 Met Gala, which she attended with fashion designer Bob Mackie.

Just look at how fierce Cher looks in her Mackie creation. Getty Images

All eyes will be on the 2018 Met Gala, with one of the most controversial themes of the last several years. We’re particularly interested to see how celebrities will interpret Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. We’ll be covering all the fashion, beauty and celebrity news from tonight’s event.