The Met Costume Gala is like Christmas, the Oscars and Fashion Week rolled into one, with outfits to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. Our personal favorite looks are the ones that get people talking; love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s always the riskiest ensembles that get the most attention. After all, what good is fashion if it doesn’t make a statement?
We’ve picked 25 of our favorite, most interesting, avant-garde-iest outfits for you to gawk over. Whether it be bright colors, interesting beading, edgy angles or quirky accessories, these are our picks for the coolest, most cutting edge looks of fashion’s biggest night. You’ll find no basic black here! This gallery is for fearless risk-takers only.