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It all began in 1971. Diane Vreeland ended a long and revolutionary stint at Vogue and took her eye for style and society to the upper east side at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In desperate need of fundraising and something fierce to do with its exhaustive archive of historic costumes, Vreeland revitalized the Costume Institute and brought the world of fashion to the museum. Not to mention the dollars.

Originally called the Costume Institute Gala, the party has since transformed under the watchful eye of Vogue’s current editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to a worldly spectacle for Hollywood and glamour. It’s the biggest ticket of the year and a walk down the red carpet cements ones status as a true fashion insider.

Here’s our picks of the hottest Met Gala looks of all time!

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Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva is the founder of Jawbreaker, which she plans on turning into an intergalactic all-girl army that will someday storm the streets of the world in studded bras and Tom Ford boots. She recently took up archery and collects more books than shoes.