Every Single Met Gala Theme From 1971 to 2016

It's that time of year again: on Monday 2nd May, the biggest names in fashion, film, music and art will gather at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of the latest Costume Institute exhibition.

While the ball itself is a long-standing tradition that's been in place since 1948, the idea of having a themed dress code was not brought in until the '70s. Ahead of next week's event (which takes 'Fashion in an Age of Technology' as its theme), here's every single theme in Met Gala history...

1971 Fashion Plate

1972 Untailored Garments

1973 The World of Balenciaga

1974 Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design

1975 American Women of Style

1976 The Glory of Russian Costume

1977 Vanity Fair: A Treasure Trove

TV journalist Barbara Walters and make-up mogul Estée Lauder [Getty Images]

1978 Diaghilev: Costumes and Designs of the Ballets Russes

1979 Fashions of the Habsburg Era: Austria-Hungary

1980 The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of China, the Chi'ng Dynasty

1981 The Eighteenth Century Woman

Bianca Jagger [Getty Images]

1982 La Belle Époque

1983 Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design

1984 Man and the Horse

1985 Costumes of Royal India

1986 Dance

1987 In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute

1988 From Queen to Empress: Victoria Dress 1837-1877

Zandra Rhodes [Getty Images]

1989 The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815

1990 Théâtre de la Mode: Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture

1991 The gala was held without a theme

1992 Fashion and History: A Dialogue

1993 Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style

1994 Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress

Anna Wintour attends the Met Gala, 1994 [Getty Images]

1995 Haute Couture

1996 Christian Dior

1997 Gianni Versace

1998 Cubism and Fashion

Liv Tyler channels Audrey Hepburn [Getty Images]

1999 Rock Style

2001 Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years

Gwyneth Paltrow and Valentino [Getty Images]

2003 Goddess: The Classical Mode

2004 Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century

2005 The House of Chanel

Claire Danes [Getty Images]

2006 AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

2007 Poiret: King of Fashion

2008 Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

Taylor Swift [Getty Images]

2009 The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion

2010 American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

2011 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Eddie Redmayne [Getty Images]

2012 Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture

Cara Delevingne [Getty Images]

2014 Charles James: Beyond Fashion

2015 China: Through the Looking Glass

2016 Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

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