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See all of Blake Lively's Met Gala looks over the years

The actor may not be attending the 2023 Met Gala, but her dresses have made headlines over the years.
/ Source: TODAY

Blake Lively knows how to make a statement at the Met Gala.

However, it appears the "Gossip Girl" veteran is skipping out on the 2023 event, which will take place on Monday, May 1. While speaking with reporters at the grand re-opening of the Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue in New York City on April 27, she was asked if fans would be seeing her at the event.

“You will not,” Lively said, per People. “But I will be watching.”

After being complimented on her ensemble from last year, she replied, "Thank you, that’s very sweet. I’ll be wearing that on my couch on Monday."

Last year, the actor was among the four co-hosts of the 2022 Met Gala, held on May 2, along with her husband, Ryan Reynolds; Lin-Manuel Miranda; and Regina King.

The "It Ends With Us" star has attended the exclusive event since 2008, and has donned consistently stunning looks, including a gold and blue feathered Versace mermaid dress, a Chanel gown with a Greek goddess silhouette, and a crimson Versace ensemble that took 600 hours to put together. The gowns are united by an elegant aesthetic.

Last year, Lively — along with the Met Gala's other guests — wore garments riffing off the theme of "Gilded Glamour." Each year, the theme is tied to an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

The 2023 theme for the A-list event is "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty." Guests will be expected to don ensembles meant to honor the late designer's legacy, as he led the fashion houses Chanel, Fendi and Chloé before his death in 2019.

While Lively won't be in attendance this year, here's a retrospective of her past looks.


"Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals
Blake Lively at her first Met Gala in 2008. Rabbani and Solimene Photography / WireImage

Theme: "Superheroes: Fashion And Fantasy"

For her first-ever Met Gala, Lively wore a strapless Ralph Lauren gown, paired with black gloves. This wouldn't be the last time her Met Gala outfit would incorporate feathers.


Blake Lively at the 2009 Met Gala.
Blake Lively at the 2009 Met Gala.Chance Yeh / Patrick McMullan via Getty Image

Theme: "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

In 2009, Lively wore a blue Versace gown with a thigh-high slit, and paired it with simple accessories and a sleek updo.


"American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity" Met Gala - Arrivals
Blake Lively in a blue Marchesa dress at the 2010 Met Gala.Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Theme: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity"

Surrounded by gowns, Lively opted to go for a short dress in teal, continuing the trend for herself she set in 2009. Lively wore a Marchesa dress to the 2010 Met Gala. She also wore a Marchesa gown during her wedding to Reynolds in 2012.


"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals
Blake Lively in Chanel at the 2011 Met Gala.Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Theme: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

After being named the new face of Chanel in 2011, Lively walked the Met Gala in a bodycon Chanel dress, which had silver embroidered detailing.


"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Blake Lively at "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" in 2013. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Theme: "PUNK: Chaos to Couture"

The feathers made a return in Lively's 2013 Met Gala strapless gown, designed by Gucci.


"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
Blake Lively at the 2014 Met Gala.Rabbani and Solimene Photography / Getty Images

Theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

The 2014 Met Gala marked the first time Lively and Reynolds walked a red carpet together, though they got married in 2014. Wearing a blush-colored Gucci gown, Lively seemed to channel Old Hollywood glamour.


"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala
Blake Lively attends 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.Mike Coppola / Getty Images for

Theme: Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology

If springtime were a dress, it would be the pink Burberry gown Lively wore to the 2016 Met Gala. At the time, Lively was pregnant with her second child with Reynolds.


"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
Lively at the 2017 Met Gala.Jackson Lee / FilmMagic

Theme: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between"

Lively's Versace mermaid style gown culminated in a train of blue feathers. Reynolds wore blue accents to match Lively's dress.


Blake Lively
Blake Lively at the Met Gala in 2018. Gilbert Carrasquillo / GC Images

Theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination"

Lively told Vogue it took 600 hours to her Versace gold and crimson gown, which came with intricate beading. She added, in the interview, that it was her "favorite dress ever." According to Vogue, Lively took a party bus to the event to accommodate the elaborate garment. Lively paired the museum-worthy dress with a gold headpiece.


Theme: “Gilded Glamour”

As a co-chair of the event, Lively did not disappoint when it came to her look. The actor was inspired by the Statue of Liberty and wore a copper detailed gown complete with opera gloves and a long train by Versace. The show-stopping look got even better when she had a dress reveal, switching things up and unveiling a turquoise look underneath.

Lively's ensemble had a big reveal.
Lively's ensemble had a big reveal.Gotham/Getty Images - Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty Images for The Met