Met Gala Gown Madness: We Pick Our Five Favorites of the Past Decade

05/03/2013 at 01:30 PM ET

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala is like fashion Christmas at the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices. Last year we included 73 gorgeous gowns in our gallery because we just had to share all the stunners with you. And because we love a challenge, we each agonized over our favorite Met Gala gowns from the past to get you excited for Monday night’s big bash.

Are you as fashion-obsessed as we are? Make sure to join us tonight starting at 7 p.m. EST for tons of coverage of the gowns, beauty and more — including a possible sighting of Kim Kardashian in punk attire. You won’t want to miss it!

Jennifer Lopez Met GalaLarry Busacca/Getty

Associate Editor Brittany Talarico: Everyone wants to be the belle of the Met Gala ball, and when Jennifer Lopez hit the red carpet at the fashion fête in 2010, she won the title hands down.

Her sequin-dusted Zuhair Murad Haute Couture strapless gown looks otherworldly, which, when it comes to the Met Ball Fashion Bible, is the whole point. Plus, she tops everything with Cartier jewels. Thanks J.Lo , for bringing a style editor’s fairytale to life!

Gisele Bundchen Tom Brady Met GalaRon Galella/WireImage

Style Director Andrea Lavinthal: If the Met Gala is the prom of the fashion world, I’m declaring Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady the queen and king of the night.

Every year the world’s most genetically blessed couple arrive looking hotter than any two people have a right to. And in 2010 the then new parents absolutely killed it on the red carpet.

While everyone else went with a gown, Gisele wore a smoking hot black leather Alexander Wang fringed minidress with smoldering eye makeup and a sexy high ponytail. And her best accessory kept it classic in a sleek Tom Ford tux and slicked-back hair.

Carey Mulligan Met GalaStephen Lovekin/FilmMagic

Senior style editor Zoë Ruderman: Daisy Buchanan can keep all those drop-waisted, ’20s-inspired, flapper Miuccia Prada designs and I’ll stick with the this futuristic Prada creation, thankyouverymuch.

When Carey Mulligan hit the red carpet last year wearing the gold-and-silver paillette design with its halter neckline and A-line silhouette, my immediate reaction was, I’d like to wear that to my wedding. (And really, is there any greater compliment coming from a 20something woman that can bestowed upon a dress?)

The fact that I’m not engaged has not stopped me from daydreaming about wearing this showstopper (which looked so incredible on the actress with her voluminous updo and coordinating heels) down the aisle someday.

Sarah Jessica Parker Alexander McQueenGregory Pace/BEImages

Fashion Director Kate Dimmock: For me the image of Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker both wearing plaid at the Met Ball in 2006 is a sentimental one. He was at the height of his talents and they both looked like they were really enjoying themselves and each other’s company.

The Met Ball is a pretty serious affair but their little dash of cheekiness made them seem all that much more glamourous. There’s nothing more fabulous than sincerely having a good time.

To this day I miss Alexander McQueen and his brilliant designs but it makes me happy to know he had some fun.

Doutzen Kroes Met GalaKevin Mazur/WireImage

Style news editor Alex Apatoff: Because I’m a cheesy sucker for a big, beautiful ballgown, I couldn’t help but choose Doutzen Kroes’s ridiculously beautiful, cloudlike Zac Posen confection from 2010.

What do I love most about it? Don’t make me choose. It’s a tie between the beautiful multi-colored effect made by the many layers of tulle, the insanely long train, the delicate sleeves and the fact that the Met Gala is literally the only place you could wear a gown like this — aside from Disneyworld, perhaps.

Not that I’d let that stop me from wearing it everywhere if I ever got my hands on it, of course…

Tell us: What’s your all-time favorite Met Gala gown?

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BL on

This is so funny! These are all from the last few years and this is supposed to be “best of all time”? The Zuhair Murad and Zac Posen gowns are stunning, but Gisele looks like she’s in a skating costume and the Prada is interesting but not worthy of the all-time title.

Kat on

THESE are the best ones? Really?

mopps on

“world’s most genetically blessed couple”?

I doubt that comment was decided by a popular vote.

Cindy on

BARF! That’s the BEST you found? Really! I wouldn’t say any of these are anything special! Pathetic!

teri on


Jen on

Doutzen Kroes, J Lo, Leslie Bibb, Scarlett Johansen, and Jaime King.

harris on

what about Karolina Kourkova?

heather on


Pacificgirl on

Definitely not! I’ve seen waaay better gowns than these 4. FAIL.

whatever on

I like Carey’s dress and if looking like a man in drag is genetically blessed, praise Jesus I look like a non blessed FEMALE

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