The reason we look forward to the Met Ball above all other star-studded events (yes, including the Oscars) is simple: It's the only night that celebrities feel brave enough to turn their sartorial efforts up to eleven, either because of the high-fashion guest list, the Gala's often evocatively nutty themes, or both. But this year's exhibit — American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity — while surely worthwhile, didn't seem likely to inspire the same crazy get-ups as, say, the year they decided to focus on superheroes. Would something so vague quash the urge to don a brave, outlandish, or downright insane outfit, we wondered? We're thrilled to tell you it didn't, and in fact, if these are contenders for our national identities, then you better get cracking on outfitting your clothes with their own electrical plugs. Yes, you read that right. Please click through to see who lit up the room — literally — and find out if your favorite made our list of the ten most wonderfully weird ensembles. (To see our complete Met Gala red carpet slideshow with all 102 looks, click here.)BEGIN SLIDESHOW
Most Viewed Stories
Surprise! Good Things Can Come From Awkward, Weird Sex
Ask Polly: How Do I Help My Selfish, Depressed Friend?
The Man Deciding Whether to Cheat on His Sexless Relationship
Big Bad Rent Boys, Sad Little Call Girls, and the Language of Sex Work
Thank You, Nicki Minaj
Justin Bieber’s New Song: One Small Step for Mankind?
Miley Cyrus’s VMAs Outfits, Ranked From Bad to Worse
Everything We’ve Heard From Witnesses in the St. Paul’s Rape Case
Celebrate Your Relationship’s End With a Divorce Selfie
4 Workout Moves for a Tighter Butt
From Our Partners
All about that Pride body: A painstakingly detailed guide to what it takes to look your best
Get Your Shit Together and Exercise
Anna Wintour Acknowledges Kim and Kanye Are Not 'Tasteful'
Fabulous Find of the Week: H&M Marble Print Skirt
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesReport: Natalie Massenet Is Leaving Net-a-Porter
The company is set to merge with Yoox.Street-Style Photogs Have Become Media Companies
They're no longer dependent on outside entities to bolster their careers.See a High-Fashion Take on High School
The eclectic tastes of teenagers, as filtered through Vuitton and Saint Laurent.Forget Squads — Carrie Brownstein Has a Coven
"We're all over 40."Janet Jackson Is Ready for Her Comeback
It includes gold chains, Missy Elliott, and a six-month world tour.Givenchy Makes the Ultimate Populist Move
Its upcoming show in New York will be open to the public.Meet the Bridal Designer Who Knows What Millennials Want
Katharine Polk of Houghton discusses her female icons and the '90s references that inspire her designs.Hillary Clinton Is Winning the Fashion Schmoozing Race
By a landslide.Shopping Up-and-Coming Designers Just Got Easier
Plan de Ville is expanding into ready-to-wear this fall.Kanye Outfitted Fetty Wap for CR Men’s Book
He's like, "Hey, what's up, hello?"
Even when she's wearing a bathrobe.Over-the-Top Dress Codes Are Making a Triumphant Return
Better get your "fantasy evening attire" on deck.A Conversation With Amy Odell on Fashion, Writing, and How the Internet Has Changed
The veteran Cut editor is publishing her first book.
A spangly, naked top-ten list.The Best, Worst, and Craziest Looks on the VMAs Red Carpet
From Miley Cyrus to FKA Twigs.50 Years of Fashion’s Sexiest Calendar (NSFW)
A look back at the Pirelli Calendar.Dakota Johnson and Liv Tyler Partied Together
Plus: Kendall Jenner, Jenna Lyons, Owen Wilson, and more in this week's roundup.14 Ways to Wrap a Scarf Around Your Head
Without looking like you just escaped Grey Gardens.See Women in Longchamp Eat French Food
In the brand's new campaign video.Tyga Accessorized With a Fat Stack of Hundreds