9 Times Blake Lively Was the Belle of the Met Ball

Established in 1948, the storied Met Gala was a midnight dinner with tickets costing just $50 each and proceeds going toward the funding of the newly established Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum on New York City's Upper East Side. Fast-forward a few decades, position Anna Wintour at the helm, and put Instagram at everyone's fingertips, and the Met Gala has become the most anticipated fashion event of the year.

Of course, this isn't news to one of the most famous Upper East Siders to ever grace our collective conscious—we're confident Serena van der Woodsen would have made it beyond the Met steps and into the storied ball if, you know, she had been a real person. Fortunately, we have Blake Lively for that.

Having attended the Met Gala for nine out of the past 10 (and soon to be 11) years, it's easy to see why Lively is a favorite for both fashion insiders and plebian enthusiasts alike. Below, see all of Blake Lively's Met Gala gowns to date, and keep your eyes on Who What Wear for coverage of this year's big event on Monday, May 6. 

Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," 2018

Designer: Versace

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.

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Theme: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between," 2017

Designer: Atelier Versace

Blake Lively arrives for the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.

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Theme: "Manux x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," 2016

Designer: Gucci

Theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," 2014

Designer: Gucci

Blake Lively attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

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Theme: "Punk Chaos to Couture," 2013

Designer: Gucci

Karl Lagerfeld and Blake Lively attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.

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Theme: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," 2011

Designer: Chanel

Blake Lively attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala after party at the Mark Hotel on May 3, 2010 in New York City.

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Theme: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity," 2010

Designer: Marchesa

Blake Lively attends THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: "The Model As Muse" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City.

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Theme: The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion," 2009

Designer: Versace

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley depart from the Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion And Fantasy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 05, 2008 in New York City.

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Theme: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy," 2008

Designer: Ralph Lauren