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The most spectacular Met Ball dresses of all time

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It's the biggest spring bash in fashion, where Hollywood stars, style icons and the biggest names in music all turn out for the Met Ball in New York. And because its dress code is strictly in celebration of the latest Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute, every year it's a spectacular display of fashion, from last year's punk-themed event to superhero-inspired looks in 2008.

As we anticipate what stars will wear to this year's gala on 5 May - which has a more understated dress code of 'White Tie and Decorations' - we look at the best and most outrageous costumes yet.

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker, 2013

    Theme: Punk: Chaos To Couture

    Wearing: A Giles Deacon dress and Philip Treacy hat

  • Katy Perry, 2013

    Theme: Punk: Chaos To Couture

    Wearing: A Dolce and Gabbana dress

  • Sienna Miller, 2013

    Theme: Punk: Chaos To Couture

    Wearing: Burberry dress and jacket

  • Florence Welch

    Theme: Punk: Chaos To Couture

    Wearing: A Givenchy gown

  • Carey Mulligan, 2012

    Theme: Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations

    Wearing: A Prada frock

  • Christina Ricci, 2012

    Theme: Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations

    Wearing: A Thakoon dress

  • Elizabeth Banks, 2012

    Theme: Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations

    Wearing: A Mary Katrantzou gown

  • Florence Welch, 2012

    Theme: Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations

    Wearing: An Alexander McQueen gown

  • Beyoncé, 2012

    Theme: Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations

    Wearing: A Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy gown

  • Daphne Guinness, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: An Alexander McQueen gown

  • Naomi Campbell, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: An Alexander McQueen couture gown

  • Rihanna, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: A Stella McCartney dress

  • Liv Tyler, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: A Givenchy by Riccardo Tischi gown

  • Karolina Kurkova, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: A Jean Paul Gaultier Couture creation

  • Beyoncé, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: In an Emilio Pucci gown

  • Taylor Swift, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: A J. Mendel couture gown

  • Jennifer Lopez, 2011

    Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wearing: A Gucci gown

  • Katy Perry, 2010

    Theme: American Women: Fashioning a National Identity

    Wearing: In a Cute Circuit dress with LED lights

  • Coco Rocha, 2010

    Theme: American Women: Fashioning a National Identity

    Wearing: A Zac Posen gown

  • Jennifer Lopez, 2010

    Theme: American Women: Fashioning a National Identity

    Wearing: A Zuhair Murad gown

  • Kate Moss, 2009

    Theme: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion

    Wearing: A Marc Jacobs dress

  • Elizabeth Hurley, 2009

    Theme: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion

    Wearing: An Elie Saab Couture gown

  • Victoria Beckham, 2008

    Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Wearing: A Giorgio Armani gown

  • Anna Wintour, 2008

    Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Wearing: A Chanel gown

  • Naomi Watts, 2008

    Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Wearing: A Theirry Mulger gown

  • Eva Mendes, 2008

    Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Wearing: A Calvin Klein dress

  • Amber Valletta, 2008

    Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Wearing: In a Versace Couture gown

  • Christina Ricci, 2008

    Theme: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Wearing: A Givenchy gown

  • Sarah Jessica Parker, 2006

    Theme: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

    Wearing: An Alexander McQueen dress

  • Charlize Theron, 2006

    Theme: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

    Wearing: A Christian Dior gown

  • Victoria Beckham, 2006

    Theme: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

    Wearing: A Roland Mouret dress

  • Karolina Kurkova, 2005

    Theme: The House of Chanel

    Wearing: A Viktor and Rolf gown

  • Naomi Watts, 2005

    Theme: The House of Chanel

    Wearing: A Chanel gown

  • Linda Evangelista, 2004

    Theme: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century

    Wearing: Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture

  • Amber Valletta, 2004

    Theme: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century

    Wearing: Maggie Norris Couture corset and John Galliano skirt

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