An Extensive Photo History Of The Trumps At The Met Gala

Well, it's that time of year again. The first Monday of May is in just a few days, so we've been pretty busy looking back at some highlights from the Met Gala. But there's a question that's been on our minds about the annual spectacle since January: Will the Trump family attend this year? Page Six let us know that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are "too busy" to make it, which (we guess) makes sense, and the President and FLOTUS will not be going either. So, we're looking back at all of their red carpet appearances of Met Gala's past.

You'll notice a couple of things about the family's stunts at fashion's biggest night of the year. First Daughter Ivanka Trump seems to have consistently eschewed each year's theme — save for 2013 and 2014 — and stepmother Melania Trump has essentially done the same. This is particularly disappointing, considering half the fun of the Met Gala is seeing how all of the attendees interpreted it.

Ahead, we present you with a thorough chronology of the Trump family at the Met Gala. Similar to the Trump family at New York Fashion Week, and dating all the way back to 1985, the photos are a must-see, no matter what your politics are. Of course, this year's Rei Kawakubo show will go on — and in fact, it may be better off without them, as we're not sure there's enough room for the Secret Service on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum — but, hey, they sure had a good run, didn't they? Make sure you don't miss Ivanka's headpiece from Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy in 2008. It's a doozy.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at last year's Met Gala, themed Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology. Trump wore a custom Ralph Lauren jumpsuit and cape that featured no technological aspects at all.
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Trump at China: Through the Looking Glass, the Met Gala that brought in over 815,000 visitors, donning custom Prabal Gurung.
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In 2014, Trump attended the Charles James: Beyond Fashion-themed bash wearing Oscar de la Renta, a gown she chose because it embodied de la Renta's motto: "Elegance is a way of life." It sure is, isn't it?
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Ivanka Trump at Punk: Chaos to Couture in Juan Carlos Obando in 2013. The designer was a runner-up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition that same year. It's hard to imagine Trump going punk, but hey, at least she tried.
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations, in 2012. Look at those Louboutins.
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For a high-meets-low take, Trump wore a dress by Peter Pilotto with accessories from her eponymous fashion label.
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Donald and Melania Trump at Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2011. She's wearing Reem Acra, but, hey, at least Melania sported a clutch and accessories by McQueen for the event.
Kushner, wearing the same tux style he'd go on to wear for the next five years' worth of Met Galas, and Trump in Atelier Versace, in 2010.
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Here's Melania Trump, also in 2010, in Christian Siriano; the designer has since committed to not dressing FLOTUS moving forward.
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The pair at the Met Gala in 2009. That year's theme was The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion, which makes Trump's turn on the red carpet (decked out in Dolce & Gabbana) particularly fitting.
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That year, the First Daughter wore Brian Reyes; the designer, who got his start at Oscar de la Renta, had an eponymous line that was really buzzy in the aughts before closing in 2010, and he frequently sat Trump front row at his shows.
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Blaine Trump, ex-wife of Robert Trump (Donald's brother), shown here with Lynda Carter. That year's Met Gala theme was Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy. Carter's famous for her role as Wonder Woman.
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Designer Gilles Mendel and Ivanka Trump in one of his J. Mendel creations. If you'd like to purchase a replica of this dress, it's currently on sale for $147.
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Trump really adhered to the theme.
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Melania's fuchsia number by Vera Wang may not have given off those save-the-world vibes that the superhero theme called for, but it sure was bright. Trump also wore the designer for her wedding that same year.
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Trump wore a fringed and beaded Roberto Cavalli number to the Met Gala in 2007, which honored Paul Poiret, a French couturier whose works are likened to Picasso.
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And then-businesswoman Ivanka Trump opted for a bit of colorblocking and wore Jason Wu.
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Socialite Ivana Trump at AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2006.
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This is one of the very few times we've seen brown on the red carpet, that's for sure.
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Melania and Donald Trump at the Met Gala in 2006. Then-pregnant Melania chose a sweetheart neckline to accentuate her baby bump.
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Trump accessorized her bob with a ruffled collar in an all-black ensemble that seemed fitting for 2005's theme, The House of Chanel.
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To fête Chanel, Trump wore a satin gown with a tulle bottom by Alexander McQueen.
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The crew at Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century, in 2004.
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In 1998, Trump grabs — ahem — puts his arm around date Andrea Murray at Cubism and Fashion.
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Ivana Trump is all smiles while celebrating Christian Dior in 1996.
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Met Gala pals Lynda Carter and Blaine Trump celebrating Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style in 1993.
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In 1989, then-couple Ivana and Donald Trump held hands at The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire. What an interesting way to do that whole couple-matching thing.
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Ivana and Donald Trump at In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute in 1987. It looks like Trump got a head-start on this year's Pantone Color of The Year, no?
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The couple again, in 1986, at the Dance-themed Met Gala. Barney's creative ambassador-at-large Simon Doonan said of the night, "I think I must have knocked back one too many cocktails because all I can remember is go-go dancing in a room full of Cardin and Courrèges '60s disco dresses."
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Lynda Carter and Blaine Trump, on the same night.
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And, in 1985, at Costumes of Royal India, Ivana Trump went the festive route with a velvet leopard dress. To be honest, we're kind of into this one.
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