There are few things celebrities want more than to have the great, warm glow of media attention turned upon them, and there's few places on earth better suited to fulfilling that desire than the annual Met Gala, fashion's Oscars. On the first Monday in May, it is one of the few places a famous person can draw positive consideration solely based on the merits of their clothes--or at least, they can while the press are waiting for Beyonce to show up so they can flip out over whatever she's wearing. While each year's gala has a theme guests are encouraged to dress around, the only consistent through-line, year to year, is the thirst for attention. Before the 2016 show gets going tonight at 7:30 P.M., take a look through our slideshow of Met Ball thirst from recent years past.


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