The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit, also known as the Met Gala, is an annual black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the museum’s costume wing.
The event marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition, which also serves as that year’s theme. Guests are encouraged to use it as inspiration for their attire.
But not all themes provide a clear stylistic directive. Some are bizarre and prove difficult for celebrities, and designers alike, to interpret. This year’s theme honoring Rei Kawakuba, creative director of Comme de Garçon, is expected to be more over-the-top than ever.
Here’s a look back at some of the best and worst adherence to Met Gala theme’s: