The annual Costume Institute Benefit is all about fashion and fun, but before the stars can celebrate inside the bash, they have to make their way into the Metropolitan Museum of Art by way of the grand staircase. The dramatic carpeted steps make for gorgeous photos — and sometimes dress difficulties — as celebrities navigate the steps in their stylish gowns and getups. We've rounded up the most stunning staircase shots from this year's gala, starting with Kim Kardashian  and Kanye West 's moment on their way into the Met.
Katie Holmes 's Calvin Klein  gown got extra train action as she made her way up the stairs.
Minka Kelly looked regal on a grand staircase landing.
Amanda Seyfried  made her way up the steps and into the bash with her train following behind.
Rooney Mara had the grand staircase all to herself, since she was one of the first to arrive.
Emma Watson  smiled for a sweet snap as she made her way up the staircase and into the museum.
The staircase was a perfect backdrop for Madonna 's posing session.
Anne Hathaway  had Valentino 's help navigating the steps.
The carpeted steps made for a dramatic backdrop to January Jones 's solo shot.
Beyoncé Knowles had a serious solo moment at the bottom of the grand staircase.
Heidi Klum  stood out in a sea of red stairs.
Blake Lively  paused in the middle of the crowded staircase.
Jessica Alba  got ready to scale the staircase.
Jennifer Lopez  worked the stairs with her train.
Kim Kardashian  and Kanye West  stopped for a photo op before making their way up the steps.
Elizabeth Banks took her gold look up the steps.