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A Grand Entrance: Met Gala Décor Throughout the Years

Madeleine Luckel
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A Grand Entrance: Met Gala Décor Throughout the Years

The 2019 Met Gala is quickly approaching, here's a look back at the best Met Gala entryways of all time.

Met Gala Entrances Slideshow

Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Photographed by Kevin Bachman
Met Gala 2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
Photographed by Kevin Tachman
Met Gala 2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Photographed by Taylor Jewel
Met Gala 2015: China: Through the Looking Glass
Photo: Courtesy of Raul Àvila Inc.
Met Gala 2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion
Photo: Courtesy of Raul Àvila Inc.
Met Gala 2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture
Photographed by Eric Boman
Met Gala 2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
Photographed by Hannah Thomson
Met Gala 2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Photographed by Eric Boman
Met Gala 2010: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
Photographed by Joshua Bright
Met Gala 2009: The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion
Photographed by Hannah Thomson
Met Gala 2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Photographed by Hannah Thomson
Met Gala 2007: Poiret: King of Fashion
Photographed by Robert Fairer
Met Gala 2006: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion
Photographed by Michael Linnet
Met Gala 2005: Chanel
Photo: Jason Dewey / Courtesy of David Monn

They say that making an entrance is key, and where is that more true than at the Met Gala? But, on the first Monday in May, grand entrances aren’t just for the guests. Thanks to Raul Àvila, the event’s designer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Great Hall and its stairs transform annually into a floral-filled wonderworld. Last year, for Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination a grand papal crown made of 80,000 roses awaited partygoers. The year before that, there was a grand flower sculpture, a playful ode to the floral motifs used in Rei Kawakubo’s designs. To take a slightly longer view, here are some of the most gorgeous and jaw-dropping Met Gala entrances of all time.

See The Best Met Gala Looks of All Time

The Best Met Gala Looks of All Time

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel, 2016

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Willow Smith in Chanel , 2016

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Emma Watson in Calvin Klein Collection, 2016

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Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection, 2016

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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, 2016

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Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen, 2016

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Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton, 2016

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Kim Kardashian West in Balmain, 2016

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Bella Hadid in Givenchy Haute Couture, 2016

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Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger, 2016

Photo: REX/Matt Baron

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen, 2016

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Kristen Stewart in Chanel, 2016

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Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace , 2016

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Florence Welch in Gucci, 2016

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Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton, 2016

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Sienna Miller in Gucci, 2016

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Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler, 2016

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Zendaya in Michael Kors Collection, 2016

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Lauren Santo Domingo in Giambattista Valli, 2016

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Blake Lively in Burberry, 2016

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FKA Twigs in Atelier Versace, 2016

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Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Kylie Jenner, all in Balmain, 2016

Photo: REX/David/Prutting

Rihanna in Guo Pei, 2015

Photo: Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

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David Beckham in Ralph Lauren Black Label and Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham, 2014

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Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela, 2015

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Emma Stone in Lanvin, 2012

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Ashley Olsen in vintage Gianfranco Ferré and Mary-Kate Olsen in vintage Chanel, 2014

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Kate Upton in Michael Kors, 2012

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Jay Z in Givenchy and Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture, 2014

Jessica Biel in Prada, 2012

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace, 2015

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Charlotte Gainsbourg in Balenciaga, 2007

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen, 2012

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney, 2011

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/Getty Images

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

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Caroline Kennedy in Carolina Herrera, 2001

Photo: William Regan/AP Photo

Sienna Miller in Thakoon, 2015

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Marie-Chantal Miller, 2001

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

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Diane von Furstenberg in her own design, 2010

Miuccia Prada in her own design, 2005

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Erykah Badu in Givenchy, 2014

Victoria Beckham in Giorgio Armani, 2008

Photo: Abaca Press

Nicole Kidman in Gucci by Tom Ford, 2003

Photo: Caroline Torem Craig/London Features International

Karen Elson in Zac Posen, 2014

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Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs, 2009

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

Gisele Bündchen in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFANYC.COM

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry Prorsum, 2014

Photo: Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M, 2015

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Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana, 2014

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Liya Kebede in Balenciaga, 2006

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

Linda Evangelista in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture and Amber Valletta in a Maggie Norris Couture corset and John Galliano skirt, 2004

Photo: Jean Catuffe/Sipa Press

Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen, 2010

Photographed by Hannah Thomson

Lisa Airan in Rodarte, 2008

Photographed by Robert Fairer

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, 2014

Photo: Getty Images

Cate Blanchett in Balenciaga, 2007

Photo: Corbis Bettman

Dakota Johnson in Chanel Haute Couture, 2015

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Rachel Feinstein, 2003

Photographed by Robert Fairer

Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera, 2014

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Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012

Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Sienna Miller, 2006

Photographed by Robert Fairer

Grace Coddington in Michael Kors, 2015

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, 2006

Photographed by Mary Hilliard

Elle Macpherson in Calvin Klein Collection, 2005

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Aerin Lauder in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

Photo: Getty Images
Rihanna in Comme des Garçons, 2017
Photo: Rob Latour / Shutterstock
Ruth Negga in Valentino Haute Couture, 2017
Photo: Getty Images
Katy Perry in Maison Margiela, 2017
Photo: Getty Images
Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon, 2015
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