A party more than an awards show since its inaugural year in 1984, the MTV Video Music Awards has long been a fashion free-for-all where celebrities are encouraged to go all-in on risky looks. From Lil’ Kim’s unforgettable jumpsuit (pictured above) to the meat dress seen around the world, here's a look back at the vanguard of high-drama VMAs style.David McGough/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images VMAs VIRGIN Frank Micelotta Archive/Getty Images SINEAD O'REBELLION
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