The Best Behind-The-Scenes Pics From The Met Gala

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While we’ve convinced ourselves that our invitation got lost in the mail, we’re definitely there in spirit as starlets from far and wide ready themselves for the fashion party of the year—the Met Gala in NYC. From glam-team prep to the first steps onto the red carpet, we’re rounding up the best behind-the-scenes moments so you feel like you’re there too. See all the action ahead and check back as we cover the event in real time.

Solange

"I die every time I get my period" #MetBall day commentary.... Shout out to Jaimee McKenna

@saintrecords

@katebosworth

Kate Bosworth

@dolcegabbana @stefanogabbana ... can't wait

@katebosworth

@karolinakurkova

Karolina Kurkova

In the very good hands of @ctilburymakeup and @lacyredway. Starting early with curlers and a clay mask to prep the skin & hair. #kkbeauty #metgala #KKgoestoMetGala #MetGala2016

@karolinakurkova

@mindykaling

Mindy Kaling

A sketch of my gown! Plus I'm wearing the coolest clutch from the legit future. @Toryburch @Swarovski @VogueMagazine #MetGala #ManusxMachina

@mindykaling

@kimkardashian

Kim Kardashian West

Midnight Met Prep

@kimkardashian

@doutzen

Doutzen Kroes

Getting ready but first breakfast @lorealmakeup @lorealhair @iamconstantin #metball

@doutzen

@burberry

Burberry

Glistening metallic jacquard and an hourglass silhouette - almost time for #Burberry at the #MetGala.

@burberry

@evachen212

Eva Chen

Getting my glam with @dmartnyc @mizunyc @judzdoeshair! Yes that's right that's yellow eyeshadow! First time for everything

@evachen212

@oliviaculpo

Olivia Culpo

It's not what it looks like!!! #orisit #sorrymomAndDad #metball #glam #tats

@oliviaculpo

@officialjdunn

Jourdan Dunn

Feelin it "MetGala #ManusxMachina #BalmainArmy

@officialjdunn

@adrianalima

Adriana Lima

SUPERHERO LIMA getting ready for the #MetGala #MANUSXMACHINA

@adrianalima

@kateupton

Kate Upton

On my way to the Met @topshop @peterbutlerhair @tracymurphymua @sweetbabyjamie

@kateupton

@iamdylanpenn

Dylan Penn

Gettin' ready for my first Met Ball @metmuseum @dvf #metgala2016

@iamdylanpenn

@karliekloss

Karlie Kloss

Feeling fancy

@karliekloss

@fkatwigs

FKA Twigs

oh hi hands

@fkatwigs

lara_stone

Lara Stone

#dreamteam @lorealmakeup @benjaminpuckey @metgala #BOOJAY

@lara_stone

@stellamaxwell

Stella Maxwell & Taylor Hill

DateNight w @taylor_hill #metgala we ready!! @topshop makeup by @cgonzalezbeauty

@stellamaxwell

@voguerunway

Cindy Crawford

She's an icon, so honored to have @cindycrawford as my date wearing a custom-made @Balmain gown for tonight's #metgala, love OR x #manusxmachina #balmainarmy #BalmainNYC

@voguerunway

@karolinakurkova

Karolina Kurokova

On my way! @marchesafashion #MetGala #emotionalintelligence #wearabletech @ibm #MetGala2016

@karolinakurkova

@evachen212

Eva Chen

Not going to lie, I chose this dress custom @christopherkane dress for the slow-mo twirl opportunities! YOLO my first #metgala, YOLO twirling

@evachen212

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Alexa Chung

Here we go! Thank you @thakoonny @cdaymakeup @anhcotran @voguemagazine #metgala2016

@alexachung

@emrata

Emily Ratajkowski

Sneak peek: #metgala2016 with the incredible @prabalgurung

@emrata

@officialjdunn

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan Dunn in Balmain.

@zacposen

Zac Posen

Celestial grandeur. Illuminating ballgown. Guess who? #metgala #zacposen #glamour

@zacposen

@katebosworth

Kate Bosworth

Real life Grecian snap filter for #metgala2016

@katebosworth

@emmaroberts

Emma Roberts

#metgala

@emmaroberts

@burberry

Naomie Harris

@NaomieHarris in a metallic #Burberry gown for tonight's Manus x Machina #MetGala

@Burberry

@mirandakerr

Miranda Kerr

@louisvuitton #metgala2016

@mirandakerr

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Joan Smalls

Close-up of Joan Smalls's dress.

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Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner shows off her rings.

@aw

Allison Williams

I took your advice, Instagram world! Red lip it is. About to hit the carpet! #MetGala #ManusXMachina @lalignenyc

@aw

@kerrywashington

Kerry Washington

#MetGala bound.

@kerrywashington

@proenzaschouler

Brie Larson with Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez

On our way to the Met Gala with @brielarson in custom Proenza Schouler. -L+J #proenzaschouler #metgala #manusxmachina

@proenzaschouler

@neimanmarcus

Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes & Jourdan Dunn

This #BalmainArmy though. Supermodels @alessandraambrosio, @doutzen and @officialjdunn go all out at this year's #ManusxMachina themed #MetGala. #firstmondayinmay #neimanmarcus

@neimanmarcus

@beyonce

Beyoncé

Beyoncé in Givenchy.

@sofiarichie

Kylie Jenner, Kate Upton & Sofia Richie

Met 2016

@sofiarichie

@ciara

Ciara

Pre #metgala #SilverMetalHair

@ciara

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Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid take a BFF selfie together.

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Bella Hadid

Gigi Hadid captures Bella Hadid at the table during dinner.

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Karlie Kloss

Designer Brandon Maxwell cuts Karlie's dress to transform it for the after-party.