Gallery: Some of the best Met Gala gowns through the years

 

The most buzzed-about event in fashion - the Met Gala - takes place in just over a week. There's no doubting it is one of the most anticipated red carpet events on the calendar. It's revered because, in fashion terms, anything goes. Each year it's set to a theme where stars of stage, screen and entertainment walk those iconic red-carpeted steps that lead to the entrance of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Many say its spectacle is rivalled only by the Oscars but even then it's in a league all on its own; the Academy Awards venture into safer territory when it comes to fashion. To win on the Met Gala red carpet, it's generally accepted that some risks must be taken.

Following last year's somewhat controversial theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the 2019 theme is going in the opposite direction and embracing its more theatrical side, according to its organisers.

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Entitled Camp: Notes on Fashion, the 2019 show will draw on a 1964 Susan Sontag essay that describes camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration," according to a report by the New York Times. The organisers say that the title is reflective of the cultural shift of camp in society at the moment and that it was important to make it a part of the conversation.

Anna Wintour hosts the evening each year. Her 2019 co-hosts are equally as impressive and have been confirmed as Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Gucci's Alessandro Michele and Serena Williams.

Enjoy a selection of our favourite gowns in our gallery above - all from years gone by - while we await this year's event spectacular.

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