The Met Gala is tonight, which means designers will invite celebrities of all kinds to walk the red carpet in their designs for the annual Costume Institute affair. It got us in a nostalgic mood, so we decided to pull out 40 of the most memorable Met Gala moments, and we’ve journeyed from 1997 to today. Click on to see everyone from early Julianne Moore to pre-Goop Gwyneth Paltrow to Madonna.
40 memorable moments from the Met Gala, from 1997 to 2014
Wearing: a space blanket.
Verdict: Madonna broke boundaries, so let's give a round of applause for this floral dress paired with a galaxy-print blanket. Getty Images
Wearing: Goth glam.
Verdict: Cher's outrageous, so it's totally okay that she wore a black leather dress with a crucifix. Getty Images
Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley JuddWhen: 1997
Wearing: A nipple-revealing dress.
Verdict: This was Gwyneth in her prime. If you're going to make a statement at the Met gala, make one. And here she does just that. Ashley Judd, who?Getty Images
Salma HayekWhen: 1997
Wearing: The sexiest little black dress.
Verdict: That zipper slit? So sexy. We love everything about this dress.Getty Images
Wearing: All of the fur
Verdict: Elizabeth Hurley looks how every supermodel of the moment looked: curvaceous and buxom with legs for days. Getty Images
Julianne MooreWhen: 1998
Wearing: A wrinkled garbage bag.
Verdict: It was early in her career, sure, but when was a wrinkled evening gown ever in style? Getty Images
Martha StewartWhen: 1998
Verdict: Martha served sexy mom realness at the Met gala. Getty Images
Jennifer Love HewittWhen: 1999
Wearing: This outfit was of its time, and it was probably never worn again.
Verdict: We like it, but only because we're nostalgic for Party of Five.Getty Images
Charlize TheronWhen: 1999
Wearing: The '90s
Verdict: This dress may be dated now, but then? Full-on Cher Horowitz. Getty Images
Eva MendesWhen: 2004
Wearing: Something awful.
Verdict: This outfit is gross. The fur looks like it was found in the garbage, and what's with the shiny tank top over a stained skirt? Getty Images
Renee ZellwegerWhen: 2004
Wearing: Carolina Herrera.
Verdict: She looks gorgeous in this gold foil gown. Not quite a chocolate bar, but just as delicious. Getty Images
Anne HecheWhen: 2004
Wearing: Awful hair
Verdict: Try again. Getty Images
Claire DanesWhen: 2004
Wearing: Early 50 Shades of Grey
Verdict: The harness isn't the problem, it's the bunching it is creating. Getty Images
Drew BarrymoreWhen: 2006
Wearing: Sex in an outfit.
Verdict: Drew is gorgeous in this Poison Ivy-esque, black lace getup. Getty Images
Jennifer LopezWhen: 2006
Wearing: A damn fine dress to show off her damn fine butt.
Verdict: Duh. This is stunning.Getty Images
Lindsay LohanWhen: 2006
Verdict: She looks so innocent and pure. Getty Images
Mary-Kate OlsenWhen: 2006
Verdict: The dress is fantastic, as are her accessories. But this was the period where the Olsens looked as though they weren't showering.Getty Images
Sarah Jessica ParkerWhen: 2006
Wearing: Alexander McQueen
Verdict: This is probably the best dress the Met gala has ever seen. Getty Images
Mary-Kate and Ashley OlsenWhen: 2006
Wearing: Bright red lips.
Verdict: See? They look unclean. Getty Images
Victoria BeckhamWhen: 2006
Wearing: Roland Mouret
Verdict: Totally having a Posh moment.Getty Images
Cameron DiazWhen: 2007
Wearing: Christian Dior
Verdict: More like Christian di-snore. Getty Images
Verdict: When does Cate Blanchett look terrible? Never. Getty Images
Jessica SimpsonWhen: 2007
Wearing: All of the spray tanner.
Verdict: Tacky.Getty Images
Lindsay LohanWhen: 2007
Wearing: Formal attire.
Verdict: She really pulled herself together for the night. Getty Images
Julianne MooreWhen: 2007
Wearing: Yves Saint Laurent
Verdict: Simple and sophisticated. Getty Images
Jennifer GarnerWhen: 2007
Verdict: She looks totally perfect in red. Red can consume the wearer, but she wears it and not the other way around. Getty Images
Jennifer LopezWhen: 2007
Wearing: A child's hairdo.
Verdict: Oh, Jennifer Lopez, we love you. But this hair looks like something a young girl asks for for her birthday.Getty Images
Mary-Kate and Ashley OlsenWhen: 2008
Wearing: A hit and a miss.
Verdict: Mary-Kate looks like she hasn't slept in years, while Ashley looks well rested. Getty Images
Taylor SwiftWhen: 2008
Wearing: Badgley Mischka
Verdict: Even in 2008 you could tell that Taylor Swift was going to be pure gold. Getty Images
Mischa BartonWhen: 2008
Verdict: Those sleeves ruin this dress. Getty Images
Wearing: A bird as a hat.
Verdict: The dress looks like a diaper, so we're not into it. Getty Images
Wearing: Puffy sleeves.
Verdict: Rihanna can almost do no wrong. While we'd hate the sleeves on a dude, she's bringing something new to the Met gala and that's quite alright. Getty Images
Anne HathawayWhen: 2009
Wearing: Marc Jacobs
Verdict: This dress and the hair are just too much. Getty Images
Anne HathawayWhen: 2010
Verdict: It shimmers, it fits her beautifully and it is a huge improvement from the monstrous, purple Marc Jacobs.Getty Images
Sarah Jessica ParkerWhen: 2010
Wearing: Halston Heritage.
Verdict: Quintessential Carrie Bradshaw.Getty Images
Taylor SwiftWhen: 2010
Wearing: Ralph Lauren
Verdict: The sleeves are delicate, and the long skirt makes her go on forever. Getty Images
Blake LivelyWhen: 2012
Verdict: Blake looks like she's going to prom, not a gala. Getty Images
Verdict: She's Beyonce. She's fabulous. Getty Images
Emma StoneWhen: 2014
Verdict: Leave it to the always cheery Emma Stone to pull off pink and a crop top at the Met gala.Getty Images
Wearing: Stella McCartney.
Verdict: Her attitude says it all. She doesn't care what you think. Getty Images