The 2011 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala is just hours away and things are starting to shape up inside. This year's exhibit, "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," serves as the inspiration for the romantic décor. A large tree serves as the centerpiece to greet guests as soon as they enter the museum's iconic rotunda. Influenced by McQueen's Fall 2008 collection, dubbed "The Girl Who Lived in the Tree," sparse branches adorned with white blooms make for a magical entryway. Unique green hydrangeas and classic white roses seem to be the evening's flowers of choice and are quite apropos for the occasion as McQueen thrived on breaking the rules, but keeping the tradition. Here are some other behind the scenes photos from the Met Gala setup:
A tree grows at at the Met!
This black Steinway & Sons piano will greet guests as they enter the museum.
An enchanting path of cherry blossoms lines the runner leading into cocktails.
Large urns overflowing with green hydrangeas line the lobby at The Met.
Dozens of workers are currently lining the Met's Grand Staircase with fragrant white and green floral arrangements.
Some of the green hydrangeas on reserve.