Donald Trump's connection to the Met Gala might surprise you

The first Monday in May is practically a holiday in New York City -- it's the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, aka the Met Gala.

Hosted by Conde Nast's artistic director and Vogue's Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour, the ball is the museum's largest fundraising effort of the year and kicks off the museum's newest exhibit in the costume department.

Ever since Wintour took the reigns in the late 1990's, the ball has turned into fashion's biggest night out, attended by the industry's A-list and the who's-who of Hollywood. Known best for the most outlandish outfits on the red carpet that typically coordinate with the new exhibit, this year's theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

What you might not know about the star-studded and extremely extravagant event is that President Donald Trump actually proposed to his third wife, Melania, at the event back in 2004. The 10 plus carat engagement ring Melanie received reportedly retailed for $1.5 million

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 11: Melania and Donald J. Trump attend a special, 'Donald J. Trump Birthday Quarter Million Dollar Giiveaway' celebration June 11, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 11: Melania Trump attends a special, 'Donald J. Trump Birthday Quarter Million Dollar Giiveaway' celebration June 11, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
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Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during 'The Apprentice 4' Finale After Party - Red Carpet at Planet Hollywood in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during 'The Apprentice 4' Finale After Party - Red Carpet at Planet Hollywood in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: A closeup view is seen of the engagement ring that Donald Trump gave to girlfriend Melania Knauss at the 'Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century' Costume Institute benefit gala on April 26, 2004 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Melania Trump attends European School Of Economics Foundation Vision And Reality Awards on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: A general view of Melania Trump's ring and watch during visit to SiriusXM Studio to promote her new QVC Melania Timepieces & Jewelry Collection on Cosmo Radio on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 09: A close-up view is shown of Melania Trump's ring at the annual presentation of the Mac Award to Melania Trump during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park February 9, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Melania Trump (jewelry detail) attends the Philadelphia Style Magazine holiday issue release party at 10 Arts Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton on December 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 09: Melania Trump attends the 19th annual Bunny Hop hosted by the Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at FAO Schwarz on March 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Melania Trump looks on as Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia plays against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during her women's single quarterfinal match during day ten of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Detail of Melania Trump's wedding ring during her husband Donald Trump hearing before the Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security Subcommittee Capitol Hill in Washington DC. (Photo by Ken Cedeno/Corbis via Getty Images)
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While President Trump used to regularly attend the Met Gala before he entered the political world, as a reality TV host and business man, you shouldn't expect to see him at this year's soirée. In October of 2017, Wintour was on James Corden's 'The Late Late Show' when she was asked who she would never invite back to the Met Gala. Without hesitation, Donald Trump was her answer.

See Ivanka Trump's best moments from the Met Gala.

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2004 

Ivanka Trump’s history at the Met Gala begins in 2004, when we were all younger and blissfully unaware of how this family would become the center of our news universe in 12 years.

As with most things that happened in 2004 (the breakup of Bennifer, Britney Spears marrying that dude in Las Vegas, the entirety of Ashlee Simpson’s singing career), the images from that night are ... bleak. This was the first gala that Donald and Melania Trump attended together, too, and Ivanka was right beside them on the red carpet.

Not weird at all.

2005

Trump was back at it again the very next year, attending the gala — a celebration of the label Chanel — in a black, frilly, chiffon, kinda Chanel-y dress.

Her father was at this one too, but didn’t take the time to pose with her.

2006

Remember when this particular style of dress — brown chiffon with a low-cut neckline and a satin bow at the waist — was everything? Unfortunately we do too.

But hey, just blame this whole thing on it being 2006.

2007

Between the messy top knot hair, the drop diamond earrings, the hair parted down the middle and the dramatic color blocking on the dress (courtesy of designer Jason Wu), this is what every girl in 2007 wanted to look like at prom.

2008

Now here’s a dress Ivanka Trump would probably never be caught in today. The theme of the night was superheroes, and Ivanka went for, like, some kind of goddess? Maybe?

The dress itself, by J. Mendel, is actually quite pretty, and Trump walked the red carpet alongside the designer as well.

For a bit more superhero-y flair, she added a diamond headpiece. Think of it as a relaxed tiara.

2009

2009 was a big year for Ivanka Trump at the Met Gala because, for the first time ever, she brought along a plus one. And who was this plus one? That’d be Jared Kushner, of course, who’d be her husband in a mere few months. Oh, happy day.

The dress Trump wore — in line with the night’s “model as muse” theme — was a swirling, pale pink Brian Reyes number with a bit of an unruly train and black accessories.

2010 

The next year at the gala, which had a theme centered on American women, the two walked the red carpet together once more, with Kushner in a tux and Trump in a sparkly, beaded lavender Atelier Versace gown with a waterfall train on the back.


It was quite mermaid-esque.

2012

 After skipping the big event in 2011, Kushner and Trump were back at it again in 2012, at the gala celebrating designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. For the night, Kushner was yet again in a tux (honestly, it might be the same one) while Trump wore a blue velvet Peter Pilotto dress with sheer cutouts and a dramatic, geometric neckline.

Peep the bangs.
2013

This is Ivanka Trump’s attempt at punk. The theme of the 2013 Met Gala was the punk aesthetic and punk-inspired couture. 

For Trump, that meant showing up in a blue and green Juan Carlos Obandodress, spiky gold accessories, a black leather belt and deep-turquoise strips of hair.
Kushner was there, too, unfortunately sans any punk accessories.

2014

This is a gown that wouldn’t be that surprising to see Trump in today. For the 2014 gala, with its theme centered on master couturier Charles James, Trump wore this chartreuse ballgown from Oscar de la Renta, who remains a favorite of hers.

2015

The 2015 Met Gala is most widely known for being the site where Rihanna almost sent everyone on earth into cardiac arrest because of that glorious sunshine yellow Guo Pei outfit. But hey guys, Ivanka and Jared were there too.

For a night celebrating Chinese design, Trump wore a traditional blue and white A-line dress, with a dramatic striped train by Prabal Gurung, a designer who has since spoken out against Trump’s father’s policies and expressed unease about ever dressing Melania Trump.

2016

And this is where this story ends — for now. 2016 was the last year we saw Trump and Kushner on this particular red carpet, as her father’s campaign was well on its way to changing the landscape of American politics forever.

The theme of the night was fashion and technology, which isn’t so evident based on the couple’s ensembles. Trump wore a bright, Republican-red jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren, who openly favoredHillary Clinton at the time, and Kushner wore that same damn tux.

The next year, as the couple both became active parts of Trump’s father’s administration, reports claimed that they were simply “too busy” to attend. In 2018, we highly, highly doubt they’d be up for it. Trump’s father was banned, by Wintour herself, after all, and it’d certainly be torturously awkward.

Maybe next year will be different though.

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