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Met Gala: Inside the Party of the Year

Candid celebrity shots from the world's most exclusive soirée.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the Met Gala – a social event so exclusive, you have to be invited by Dame Anna Wintour herself. Often referred to as the "Oscars of the East Coast," the annual fundraiser has long been a grand excuse for Hollywood and fashion elite to mingle, take epic bathroom selfies, and have a literal ball. Here, a look back through the years at the most candid star-studded moments.

EDITORS OF THE BALL Rose Hartman/Getty Images EDITORS OF THE BALL Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour, 1999 ENCHANTED EVENING New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images ENCHANTED EVENING Princess Diana, 1996 ICONS New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images ICONS Madonna, Donatella Versace, and Elton John, 1997 TRUMP TRIO Evan Agostini/Getty Images TRUMP TRIO Ivanka, Donald, and Melania Trump, 2004 LADY LIBERTY New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images LADY LIBERTY Hillary Clinton, 2000 TRIFECTA Kevin.Mazur/INACTIVE/WireImage TRIFECTA Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss, 1995 PAL AROUND New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images PAL AROUND Gwyneth Paltrow and Valentino, 2000 BOBBY AND BELLA New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images BOBBY AND BELLA Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, and Isabella Rossellini, 1999 MOTHER-DAUGHTER DANCE Getty Images MOTHER-DAUGHTER DANCE Diana and Tracee Ellis Ross, 2003 I ROCK TOM FORD Getty Images I ROCK TOM FORD Eve and Tom Ford, 2003 DOLCE VITA Evan Agostini/Getty Images DOLCE VITA Stefano Gabbana, Jennifer Lopez, and Domenico Dolce, 2004 THE DRESS New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images THE DRESS Matt Dillon and Donatella Versace, 1999 SHE'S HEEERE! James Devaney/WireImage SHE'S HEEERE! Oprah Winfrey, 2010 DOUBLE DATE Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images DOUBLE DATE Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Victoria and David Beckham, 2008 IT TAKES TWO Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images IT TAKES TWO Nicole Kidman, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 2005 THE OLD KANYE Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images THE OLD KANYE Justin Timberlake and Kanye West, 2009 BOWING TO BOWIE Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images BOWING TO BOWIE Iman, Beyonce, David Bowie, and Julia Roberts, 2008 LEGENDS IN TRAINING Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images LEGENDS IN TRAINING Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars, 2011 STARS ALL AROUND Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images STARS ALL AROUND Kate Bosworth, George Clooney, Karl Lagerfeld, and Julia Roberts, 2008 PUNK ROCK PRINCESSES Jamie McCarthy PUNK ROCK PRINCESSES Sienna Miller and Cara Delevingne, 2013 HEADLIGHTS Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images HEADLIGHTS Kate Hudson and Chris Pine, 2010