Unlike the Oscars, Golden Globes or Grammys — each of which comes attached to an often boring, always overly long televised ceremony — the annual Met Gala is about one thing and one thing only: fashion. Add to that a wacky, sometimes difficult-to-decipher theme, dozens of A-list celebrities trying to out-dress each other, and all the industry's most influential designers, and you've got yourself a party everyone (fashion people, pop culture hounds, even art fans) can enjoy.

In anticipation of next Monday night's gala, with its theme Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, we've compiled some of the most memorable looks from Met Galas past. From Sarah Jessica Parker's tartan ode to Alexander McQueen to Kate Moss's gilded minidress and matching turban to Rihanna's insanely intricate Guo Pei caped creation, check out some of the photos below for a walk down (a red-carpeted) memory lane.

 Marion Met Gala
Miley Met GalaMod Mesh
Kate Met Gala Glitz Knit
Ashley Met GalaCharleston Fringe

Only a few days to go until Monday May 2 New York time.  We can't wait to see what the stars come up with ... Man X Machine .... should be some interesting sites of technical fabrics, industrial elements and maybe robotics?
Will you watch the Met Gala?  It is being televised for the first time ever and we can't wait to see how the stars choose to express themselves this time.   Will co-host Taylor Swift break away from her Prom Queen standards?  Have your say below.