This year, the biggest stars in Hollywood and fashion will arrive at the steps of the Metropolitan Museum for the premiere of the fashion exhibit, "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on May 5 hosted by Anna Wintour and Vogue Magazine.

The theme of this year's gala is reflective on James' highly structured aesthetic. Best known for his architectural designs and ability to masterfully cut, we anticipate seeing strong lines and dimensions on this year's red carpet.

In honor of this year's Met Gala, which promises to be full of fashion fodder and stunning gowns, we take a look back at the best (and sometimes over-the-top) gowns from year's past.