To give you a sense of how difficult it was to whittle down (or "curate," as the kids put on their résumés) this gallery to the 25 worthiest looks, we had to cut all the sheer, sparkly gowns—bare butts and boobs are not (that) weird anymore. But there are other ways fashion can still astound and entertain us, as seen ahead.
The hallmarks of darker, 2016 Katy Perry: goth-baroque styling and corsetry. Lots of corsetry.
Bowie tribute #1.
Say what you will, but she's made the Maleficent-on-acid aesthetic her own.
Bowie tribute #2.
Miu Miu is synonymous with "weird beauty," which is exactly what this is.
Disco Dolly Parton.
Weirdest of the Year = Best of the Year in our book.
More buckles than a Pilgrim convention.
Still unconfirmed: If she squeaked gliding up the Met stairs.
Also unconfirmed: If will.i.am. gave any interview with a voice modulator.
One hundred percent confirmed: It's a no-pants policy for all Stefani's alter egos.
Same goes for Madge.
The beehive isn't even the strangest bit—that would be the Tamagotchi.
Really pretty, especially with the technical fabric that reads a bit more like trash-bag plastic.
Part bathing suit, part black-tie sarong, all woman.
What can we say? The woman knows what she likes.
Dress on dress.
When you like the Winged Victory so much you wrap it around your neck.
The tangled-up-in-your-shower-curtain meme done right.
Between the train and the elastic hem thingy, this is a puzzle.
Mark my words: Fashion sleeves are about to blow up.
How many pregnant ladies would wear a drop waist ending in a cascade of parachute? ::curtsies in admiration::
Any dress that prompts the phrase "apologies to anyone harmed mentally or physically by my hooha" deserves a place in the red-carpet HOF, for sure.