All The Zoomed-In Fashion Instagrams You Missed From Last Night's Met Gala

As expected, there was a lot to take in at this year's Met Gala — from Rei Kawakubo-esque bobs to Comme des Garçons-inspired or -adjacent gowns. But unlike other first Mondays in May, where attendees have taken their sweet time making their way up the steps to ensure we got a good, long look at their ensembles, this year's guest's b-lined to the museum entrance, politely waving past fans, photographers, and media without much small talk. (Except for Céline Dion, that is, who made the absolute most out of her very first Costume Institute fête.) As much as we would've loved to get a few sound bites from some of our favorite dressers — How exactly does one sit down in that CDG, Helen Lasichanh? Can we buy your Topshop dress, Behati Prinsloo? — we mostly lamented how we couldn't get a good glimpse at the minutia of each look. We almost missed Lena Dunham's Planned Parenthood pin, for instance, or the fact that the flowers on Zoe Kravitz's Oscar de la Renta gown were indeed fresh roses. In the age of Instagram, though, we don't have to be front-and-center to savor these details — all we have to do is refresh our feeds. Odds are, the very celebrity and/or their stylist is psyched enough about their get-up for the evening to want to post about it.
Sure enough, the best seat to take in all the fashion from the Met Gala didn't necessarily have to cost $30,000: It all went down on the 'gram, where attendees and their glam squads were up early and stayed up after-party late to finesse their looks. There may be a little bit of filter and VSCO-ing going on in the final posts, but these behind-the-scenes snapshots capture the sometimes glamorous, mostly painstakingly detailed process of gearing up for the biggest night in fashion, from shimmying in your fringe skirt to putting on your impossibly-high Balenciaga boots.
Ahead, we rounded up some of the most zoomed-in, glammed-up style snippets from last night's Met Gala. If you wondered what exactly made a particular gown Costume Institute-worthy, these photos and boomerangs will show you what all the fuss is about.
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#details #hm #metball

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Oh, this old thing? Sasha Lane picked it up at H&M — or, rather, it was made custom for her by the Swedish fast-fashion retailer, incorporating Kawakubo signatures like polka dots, sheer netting, and mixed textures.
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Having too much fun at my #metgala dress fitting 🌟💃🏾🌟 can I wear this forever? #representing

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Mindy Kaling began teasing her Met Gala look (and her date for the evening) days before the first Monday in May. We were quite delighted to learn her date for the evening was none other than Prabal Gurung — almost as obsessed as we were with the fringe skirt on her custom Atelier gown.
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#metballin with the most wonderful @christopherkane 😍#metball2017

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When Anna Wintour summons you at the Met at 6:30 p.m. but the Uber is 20 minutes away: Lara Stone was in good company, though, chilling with Christopher Kane while wearing custom Christopher Kane.
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❤️ #details #metball #KatyPerry

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The drama of Katy Perry's co-chair get-up trickled down to every last inch of her Maison Margiela ensemble, as stylist Jamie Mizrahi was quick to point out.
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The eco-friendly, embroidered pewter Stella McCartney gown B.G. — before Gisele, that is.
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En route, barely fit in the car...

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Surely the tulle-heavy rides to the Met on the first Monday in May affect the Uber ratings of celebrities. We'll have to check with Lily Collins (and her Giambattista Valli gown) about how she fared.
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💥💥💥 @reesewitherspoon in @muglerofficial and @tiffanyandco 💙#BTS #MetGala

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Reese Witherspoon knew she slayed in Mugler even before she left her hotel room.
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And she's off... ⚫️🔴⚪️ #CEloves @aw wearing custom @dvf by @saundersstudio #metkawakubo

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Allison Williams's DVF column gown may have appeared stripped-down on the red carpet, but this making-of shot by stylist Cristina Ehrlich captures the tiny, hand-sewn paillettes that make up the white exterior of the gown.
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Michelle x Paco Rabanne x Cartier #reikawakubo #metball2017

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When wearing metallic Paco Rabanne, a pre-exit shimmy is required — at least for Instagram.
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❤️⚡️🌹💥 #thandienewton #metgala2017 #monsegirl

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Even from through the blurriness of this en-route shot, you can pretty much see every single Swarovski crystal embedded onto Thandie Newton's Monse gown.
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@coach #metgala

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After Selena Gomez's big Coach red-carpet debut, we can't wait to see more formal looks from the American heritage label, especially if they come with matching mini bags.
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Alessandro Michele never misses a good embellished jacquard moment.
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Sneak Peek! #metgala2017 @lupitanyongo @prada 🍑🌼🌺 #commedesgarcons

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The ruffles! The orange! The Lupita!
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Solange Knowles took the puffer trend and made it white tie, with the help of Thom Browne. Name a more fashionable duo.
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Giving her all for BTS @lilyaldridge #metgala

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Lily Aldridge might have made it look effortless on the red carpet, but her stylists revealed exactly how one gets into those extra-high Balenciaga stiletto boots.
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A moment of repose for Cynthia Erivo — or as laid-back as one can get when decked out in Thom Browne.
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Tracee Ellis Ross made sure we got a good look at her Kawakubo tribute from every impressive angle.
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Evan Rachel Wood and Altuzarra continued their red-carpet love affair at the Met Gala — and we're absolutely here for it.
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Maggie out the door in MARNI 💚💜 @marni #metkawakubo #metgala2017

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Maggie Gyllenhaal gives the camera a little hip bump to show off the full range of sparkle on her Marni ensemble.
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Wearing @erdem77london and feeling like a Japanese pirate meets Lizzy Bennet meets vampire doll 💃🏻

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Leave it to Instagram's Eva Chen to deliver the best Instagram outfit-reveal of the evening.