May 03, 2016 05:54 AM
Maria Sharapova loves to dress up – and she takes PEOPLE behind the scenes of her preparation for the Met Gala to prove it.

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A team of stylists helped her perfect her look, although the work started long before Monday night’s event. When choosing her dress, she chose a red satin slip dress by Colombian designer Juan Carlos Obando. (She considered wearing the same dress in black, but ultimately that the red popped more.)She accented the outfit with some of the designer’s bold gold jewelry. She finished the look with a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels.

“I like to take chances with my style,” the 29-year-old tennis star tells PEOPLE. Case in point: she eschewed a long dress for this year’s Oscars Vanity Fair Party, instead choosing a short white dress. “I like to do different things. Sometimes my dresses are  short; other times, they’re long and people step on them on the red carpet.”

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Sharapova’s hairstylist, Adir Abergel, pulled back Sharapova’s hair to better display her jewelry. Her makeup artist, Kara Yoshimoto Bua, used Chanel products to give her a smooth, natural look.

“When it comes to my style, I really like to switch things up,” she told PEOPLE before the Oscars this year. “I could look the same every time, but
what’s the fun in that?”
Steve Helling

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