Met Gala 2014: Ivanka Trump's Ridiculously Glamorous Photo Diary

05/08/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

While the annual Met Gala is technically about art, for attendees (and onlookers, too!) it’s really all about the gowns. Ivanka Trump, 32, is well-acquainted with the world of N.Y.C. society and haute couture, and even she gets excited for fashion’s biggest night. Below, Trump shares an inside look at her getting ready process, walking the red carpet and hob-nobbing with Hollywood’s elite inside this luxurious affair.

Ivanka Trump Met GalaCourtesy Ivanka Trump

The designer and real estate mogul ran straight from work to prep at home with her glam squad. Trump jokes that husband Jared Kushner (looking on behind her) “got ready in the amount of time it took to color my lips red. Must be nice!” (Jokes aside, she did call her “handsome husband … the unsung fashion hero of the evening.”)

Ivanka Trump Met GalaCourtesy Ivanka Trump

For an event that is about the best in designer fashion, Trump chose a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta ball gown, saying it embodied the designer’s motto, “Elegance is a way of life.” Trump adored the embroidered chartreuse number, saying, “From every angle of this dress, the attention to detail is stunning.” Daughter Arabella (who will soon turn three) couldn’t have agreed more. “She said I looked like a princess, specifically a cross between Rapunzel and Elsa,” Trump tells PEOPLE.

The mother-daughter beauty moment was especially poignant to Trump, who distinctly remembers watching her own glamorous mother, Ivana, get ready for big events. “I hope these memories will be just as special to her one day,” she says of her daughter.

RELATED PHOTOS: Who made our Met Gala best dressed list? See it here!

Ivanka Trump Met GalaCourtesy Ivanka Trump

Trump attended the event with quite the power team, including husband Jared (the publisher of the New York Observer), his brother Josh, Kevin Systrom (creator of Instagram), and Wendi Murdoch. She navigated the “dauntingly long and intimidating” red carpet with ease, striking a pose for paparazzi alongside celebrities including Margot Robbie and Lupita Nyong’o (at left).

As she entered the grand ballroom, Trump noted there was “no shortage of amazing gowns.” Some of her favorites? Marchesa-clad Karolina Kurkova, who “really embraced the shape and sentiment of what makes Charles James an icon.” Trump also cast a vote for team Oscar de la Renta, saying Taylor Swift looked “flawless” in her pale pink dress, calling the pop star, “fresh, elegant and beautiful.” Another winner in her book: Blake Lively, wearing Gucci on the arm of husband Ryan Reynolds. “She always is the perfect combination of stylish and sexy,” she says. 

Ivanka Trump Met GalaCourtesy Ivanka Trump

Inside the event, Trump checked out the Charles James exhibit while greeting celebrities like Taylor Swift and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, whom she proclaims “Two of the most beautiful, intelligent and charming women!” She was also excited to meet Lena Dunham for the first time and even took a moment to chat with fellow new mom Kim Kardashian (above, with fiancé Kanye West). But her most important interaction of the evening was with Idina Menzel, of course, because, “Arabella was thrilled when I told her I met Queen Elsa from Frozen.”

Ivanka Trump Met GalaCourtesy Ivanka Trump

Alas, even after a big night out, there’s no sleeping in for this mommy — the following morning was all about “snuggling early with Arabella,” who was dressed to the nines in her princess costume. The twosome chatted about the evening and the beautiful dresses, while mom assured her, “your turn will come soon enough!”

For more insider photos, check out Trump’s Tumblr, and tell us, how gorgeous is her dress? And how cute are the photos of her and her family?

–Becky Randel

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macy on

She looked absolutely stunning, so elegant and such a class act. But she is most beautiful in the last photo, snuggling with her adorable daughter.

Sal on

Ivanka looks stunning! As for meeting what’s her name, she looks uninterested!!!!! Haha

debbie on

The names Ivanka and Kim Kardashian shouldn’t even be in the same sentence.. Kim wishes she has as much class, beauty, intelligence and good parenting skills as Ivanka. Ivanka looks stunning.

Nanu 08 on

Wonder if Ivanka did a little chuckle under her breath when she spotted raggy Kim in her ever so fugly outfit? Ivanka is elegant and always fabulous…..Kim looked very out of place!!!!

c.t on

love that ivana chooses to post a make-up free pic….beautiful!

SAON on

It’s crazy how someone with such an egotistical nut job for a father could be so amazing.

Julie on

So lovely……so classy!

postathread on

Always loved this girl. Say what you will about her Father, but both he and his ex wife, raised three pretty great kids. Hard working, well educated, and in this case, seems to be a great Mom. She always looks great.

Didi on

As much as I don’t like her dad, I remain impressed with how grounded Ivanka is and I can only assume it’s a result of her upbringing. With her father’s fortune, she could’ve easily just been another airhead socialite that is famous for club-hopping and lavish spending sprees. Instead she is a well educated business woman who happens to be rich and stunningly beautiful. Comes off as really down to earth with a good head on her shoulders. Guess that’s why I love the last photo the most. Wish I could meet her in person!

Ladyd on

She is stunning with or without makeup…and you can’t say that about a lot of Celebrities. At least you can still recognize her…not like some others…

buckeyemom on

The last photo was where she looks most beautiful and happy. :)

Lisa on

I don’t even know why the title mentions KK. She wishes she were on the same level as Ivanka Trump, who is beautiful, chic, intelligent, and has an insane amount of class. Ivanka does not post photoshopped selfies all day – she has a job. And I love that she comments on people she met except for you-know-who.
I like the pictures of her at home getting ready with her husband and her daughter. And the morning after picture. She obviously loves her family.

Niki on

I find Ivanka the most stunning women of this century. She is so underated for her natural beauty. Koodos to your beautiful parents Ivanka for raising an amazing person! I truly enjoyed this article and the ending timeless…..wow!

Sarah on

Ivanka is one of my role models! She is what women should aspire to be: beautiful, poised, classy, and intelligent! Love her!

Sue on

Class meets low class…Kartrashian is not even close to being in the same league with Ivanka…

Nannyto1 on

She looked stunning, but by far my fav photo is the last one of her with her daughter. Beautiful!!

Mary on

She is so classy, and has 2 cute kids.

Tina on

I love these pictures, especially the last one. I remember sitting on the bed watching my mother getting dressed to go to parties. It was exciting and she looked beautiful.

peet on

Gorgeous – Ivanka is so elegant! I love the look that Kim is giving her – nice touch with a hand in the pocket of that ill fitting dress Kim!

Lolo on

Let’s face it…Ivanka has a life that most of us can only dream about. That having been said, she is one of the most intelligent, glamorous, classy, and balanced women out there. She stays out of the limelight, is devoted to her family, is professionally very competent and just seems to enjoy her life to the fullest. Despite the fact that she lives a “rarified” life, I think she can still be a role model for many young women. She certainly has my vote for best dressed of the Met Gala evening. Her gown, hair, make-up were impeccable. Loved the picture with her daughter where she is without make-up.

betty on

HAHAHA, She’s giving the Kim Kardashian that fake “hi girl” smile.

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