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Blake Lively’s Met Gala Fashion Set The Gold Standard

She may not be going this year, but these moments will continue to live rent-free in everyone's minds.

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Blake Lively has been a fashion It Girl since her Gossip Girl days and she proves that she knows her way around a hemline every time she hits a red carpet, especially at the Met Gala. Despite her plans to skip her signature event this year, it’s still time to take a look a look at Lively’s Met Gala fashion evolution, to show why she’s still so deserving of the It Girl title.

Met Gala 2008: Superheroes: Fashion & Fantasy

Blake kept things toned down at her first Met Gala and her curve-hugging black Ralph Lauren gown would be considered tame for the event by today’s standards. Still, Lively channeled buckets of old-school glamour, from her gloves to her diamonds to the feathers on the skirt.

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Met Gala 2009: The Model As Muse

Lively amped the silhouette for her 2009 Met Gala appearance. Her azure blue Versace gown featured some adventurous beading, a sky-high thigh slit, a touch of Grecian draping, and gorgeous asymmetrical sleeves.

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Met Gala 2010: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

The The Shallows star kept to the same shade of blue for the 2010 Met Gala, but lifted the hemline way up. The structuring on her Marchesa minidress is exquisite and Lively let the dress do the talking with subdued Lorraine Schwartz diamonds.

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Met Gala 2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Lively went full Grecian goddess in 2011 pairing a pair of strappy Louboutin sandals with an elegantly draped and decadently embroidered Chanel Haute Couture gown.

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Met Gala 2013: PUNK: Chaos to Couture

The Savages actor stuck to the theme in 2013 with an edgy Gucci Première gown featuring spiky beading and a long, black train.

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Met Gala 2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Lively returned to her Old Hollywood glamour fashion roots in 2014 in a rose-gold caped Gucci Première gown. Everything about this screams star of the silver screen from her finger-waved curls to the gown’s silhouette to the leading man (her husband, Ryan Reynolds) on her arm.

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Met Gala 2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology

In 2016, Lively again showed off some of her favorite fashion notes: a structured bodice, Grecian draping, and a high slit up the front thigh. Her pale pink gown for this year’s Met Gala was Burberry.

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Met Gala 2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between

In 2017, Lively again gave us azure blue, a curve-hugging Versace gown, and a feathered hemline reminiscent of her very first year at the Met Gala. The rest of the look though is pure modern opulence and made her stand out as 50% of the hottest couple at the Gala that year.

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Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination

Lively’s 2018 look was one of her most on theme (and yet another that matched her surroundings). Her Lorraine Schwartz headpiece and Versace gown were both custom-made for the event and featured some truly stunning stone and beadwork, along with a secret message.

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Met Gala 2022: In America: An Anthology of Fashion

Nothing stood out more than Lively’s costume change in basically the first five minutes of the 2022 Met Gala. Keeping true to the theme, the event’s co-chair played on the Statue of Liberty’s original bronze design and opened it up to a patina green.

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