Blake Lively had a dramatic dress transformation at the Met Gala

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Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images
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Blake Lively knows how to make an entrance. It's not easy to stand out from the crowd at the annual Met Gala, but the star caught everyone's attention at last night's event thanks to a dramatic dress transformation on the red carpet.

For this year's official theme, 'In America: An Anthology of Fashion', and the dress code of 'Gilded Glamour', Lively - who was one of the evening's hosts - opted to work with one of her go-to red carpet brands, Atelier Versace, in a design inspired by New York City.

Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images

At first, we watched the star walk up the iconic Met museum steps in a shimmering rose gold gown with an extravagant bow. This was inspired by Manhattan's intricate architecture and paid homage to the Empire State Building.

Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Mike Coppola - Getty Images

The bow on the skirt was then untied to reveal a cascading blue train, the design of which was inspired by the constellation decor at Grand Central station. She also peeled off her rose-hued gloves to reveal a matching blue pair underneath. Meanwhile, her seven-tier crown symbolised the Statue of Liberty, which has seven rays.

Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

"Instead of looking to fashion to influence the dress, I looked to New York City architecture and the classic buildings," Lively explained to People on the carpet.

Of course, the actress isn't the first to have a theatrical 'transformation' moment on the Met Gala red carpet; who could forget Lady Gaga's memorable strip tease in 2019, or Zendaya's fairy-tale light-up Cinderella dress?

Lively has attended the Met Gala since 2008 and rarely disappoints, with most years finding herself on many a best-dressed list. This year was no different.

Catch up on our 10 favourite fashion moments from the 2022 Met Gala, below:

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