Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Katy Perry get ready to wow at tonight’s Met Gala 2017

Kim Kardashian , Rihanna , Kylie Jenner and Katy Perry are among the big name celebrities who will be wowing us on the Met Gala 2017 red carpet tonight.

The most exclusive, glamorous and extravagant event of the fashion calendar, formally known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, takes place in New York City on Monday evening with a superstar A-list guest list featuring the biggest names from movies, music, television and the modelling world.

Stars have been jetting into Manhattan ahead of the glitzy gala, which kicks off from midnight UK time and promises to be a fashion feast for the eyes.

British Home Secretary Theresa May
This is Kim’s most famous Met Gala look, pictured in 2013

Katy Perry at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit
Katy Perry is another Met Gala favourite

Rihanna arrives at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in New York City
Rihanna pictured in 2015

It’s best known as the Oscars of the Fashion World where the stars parade down the red carpet in a variety of eye catching and often downright bizarre outfits.

Recent fashion ensembles to make headlines around the world include Rihanna’s bright yellow furry trimmed ‘fried egg’ look and a pregnant Kim Kardashian’s figure hugging florals, rather unflatteringly compared to Mrs Doubtfire.

Kim’s one of the most famous attendees of the ball every year; she made her debut in 2013 and has attended twice with husband Kanye West, although this year she’s flying solo as Kanye will be back in LA looking after the kids.

Kim Kardashian West attends the Met Gala
Kim at the 2016 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arriving at the Met Gala event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kim with Kanye at the 2015 Met Gala

Tickets to the glamorous ball cost around $30,000 or celebs can fork out an eye-watering $275,000 to book a table for all their guests.

All the money raised from the super pricey ticket sales goes towards the Costume Institute; more than $13 million was raised last year alone. Sponsors have included Apple in previous years.

It’s an exclusive evening though, so even if you have the cash to attend and jet to New York, you have to still be invited to the ball by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who manages the event.

Anna Wintour Met Gala 2016
Anna Wintour, at the 2016 Met Gala, approves all attendees

And with only 600 tickets handed out every year, space is tight and only the biggest names and most likely to generate headlines make the guest list. This year the attendee list is expected to be even fewer, as the ball has been scaled back to make it even more intimate and exclusive.

There’s also a waiting list to even get on the guest list making your chances of attending if you’re not a Kardashian, A-lister, Grammy Award winner or famous designer pretty slim.

Every year there’s a different theme. Previous years’ themes have included Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age of Technology and China: Through The Looking Glass.

Cara Delevingne, Met Gala 2013
Cara Delevingne shows off punk rock glam at the Met Gala 2013

Demi Lovato arrives at the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala
Demi Lovato at the Met Gala 2016

This year’s theme will be centred around Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and it’s only the second time that the focus has been on a living designer – after 1983’s Yves Saint Laurent event.

As well as gracing the red carpet in a sure to be headline making outfit, Katy Perry will be co-hosting the whole event with Pharrell, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Anna Wintour.

The Met Gala kicks off with the famous red carpet, where the celebs can showcase their wonderful, weird, unique, bizarre and brave fashion choices, before they sweep inside for dinner, an exhibition and special performances.

Claire Danes at the Met Gala 2016

Nicki Minaj attends
Nicki Minaj at the 2016 Met Gala

Technically, all social media is banned, but a few celebs have flouted the rules every year, giving us mere mortals a glimpse at inside the exclusive gala.

The Mirror.co.uk will be covering all the best – and worst – moments as they happen, and you can also view the arrivals in real time thanks to Facebook Live .

They’ve teamed up with Vogue, in celebration with Moët & Chandon, for an exclusive first look at the red carpet glamour —shot in 360 degrees for a whole new viewing experience.

Watch all the action unfold by clicking here .

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