The Met Ball Is Nearly Here! So Which Was The Best Ever Theme?

30 April 2014 by

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GALLERY>> Memorable Met Ball Moments

Victoria Beckham with Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana 2003

Amber Valetta, Natalia Vodianova & Linda Evangelista in 2004

Karolina Kurkova With Viktor & Rolf in 2005

Marc Jacobs with Lil Kim in 2005

John Galliano with Charlize Theron in 2006

Sarah Jessica Parker with Alexander McQueen in 2006

Victoria Beckham in 2006

Stella McCartney & Kate Moss in 2008

Madonna in Louis Vuitton in 2009

Marc Jacobs & Robert Duffy in 2011

Karolina Kurkova & Rachel Zoe Hit The Met Red Carpet in 2012

Marc Jacobs Works His Magic in 2012 with Lorenzo Martone

Anja Rubik's Anthony Vaccarello Dress in 2012

Elle Fanning in Rodarte at Met Gala - 2013

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala - 2013

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at Met Gala - 2013

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture at Met Gala - 2013

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana at Met Gala - 2013

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Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga at Met Gala - 2013

Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy at Met Gala - 2013

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at Met Gala - 2013

Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala - 2013

Kate Bosworth in Balmain at Met Gala - 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino at Met Gala - 2013

Carey Mulligan in Prada at Met Gala - 2012

Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino - 2012

Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen - 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada - 2012

Rihanna in Tom Ford - 2012

Dakota Fanning in Louis Vuitton - 2012

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci - 2012

Kate Bosworth in Prada - 2012

Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga - 2012

Emma Stone in Lanvin - 2012

Alexa Chung in Christopher Kane - 2013

Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela - 2012

Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein Collection at Met Gala - 2013

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala

Lily Aldridge in Tommy Hilfiger at Met Gala

Nicole Richie in Custom Topshop at Met Gala

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Gucci at Met Gala - 2013

Rooney Mara in Givenchy at Met Gala -2013

Sienna Miller in Burberry at Met Gala - 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles at Met Gala - 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston Heritage - 2010

Mary Kate Olsen - 2008

Katie Holmes and Met Ball - 2008

Victoria Beckham - 2008

Kate Bosworth - 2010

Katy Perry - 2010

Anne Hathaway - 2010

Diane Kruger - 2010

Rihanna - 2011

Elle Fanning - 2011

Blake Lively in Chanel - 2011

Elle Fanning - 2011

Madonna - 2011

Alexa Chung - 2010

The biggest fashion event of the year is just around the corner, as the 2014 Met Ball is taking place on the 5th May. This year the fash pack will be wearing weighty couture, as this year's theme is... wait for it ... 'White Tie and Decorations' aka big 'ol gowns. Think satins and sashes.

This year's exhibition is dedicated to British-born designer (and Mr anti-punk) Charles James. He is a hugely influential New York designer who created elegant ball gowns in the 40s and 50s. James was close friends with Cecil Beaton, was highly respected by the likes of Christian Dior and was often dubbed 'a great friend of the French couture.' We have put together a guide of everything you could possibly need to know about this years event - including important facts such as what Lupita Nyong'o is wearing.

Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker at last year's Gala [Getty]

In preparation for the big event, why not do some revision. Plenty of fashion magic has unfolded on the Met Steps (and we're not just talking about Blair and Serena in Gossip Girl) - this is where Sarah Jessica Parker and Lee McQueen wore matching tartan and where Victoria Beckham arrived in a Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sandwich. Look back at our round up of last five years of Met Balls below...

2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture

Last May anyone who is ANYONE in planet fashion hiked up the 154 feet long staircase (with a designer pal on their arm) to be welcomed into the museum by fashion editortrix Anna Wintour. As the theme was punk there were plenty of fake nose rings, leather and chatter about The Clash on the red carpet. In the words of Lena Dunham: 'It's an excuse to spit in the museum.' See over 100 stars get punk'd in our 2013 Met Ball coverage.

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2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

The premise of this gala was Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations so the dress code was a no-brainer, right? Wrong. While Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carey Mulligan and Miuccia’s date, Linda Evangelista, chose Prada creations, many guests stuck to the tradition of arriving in and on the arm of their favourite designer. The likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone and Florence Welch took sartorialness to new, dazzling heights by representing Valentino, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen in jaw-dropping red carpet confections while Coco Rocha wore an Elizabeth Taylor cast-off and Marc Jacobs wore a, err, LBD

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2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

In 2011 the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated the work of the late Alexander "Lee" McQueen. It wasn't a McQueen only red carpet as you might expect - Coco Rocha hit the nail on the head when she pointed out that all of the the best Alexander McQueen dresses were on display in the museum's “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition. So this left the A-list scrabbling around for the gowns by the late designer, with many having to resort to wearing dresses by other design houses.

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2010: American Women: Fashioning a National Identity

The 2010 Met Gala was co-chaired by Patrick Robinson, creative director of Gap (which also sponsored the event), and Oprah Winfrey. The stand out best dresser was Sarah Jessica Parker in a champagne Halston Heritage show-stopper. But this 2010 will always be known as the year Kate Perry wore a light up frock.

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2009: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion

Anne Hathaway wore purple Marc Jacobs and a can of hairspray and Kate Moss wore a metallic Marc toga and turban. But five years later the pictures of Madonna in her Louis Vuitton bunny ears are still doing the rounds.

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See some of the most iconic Met Bal looks ever in the gallery above... 


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