Dramatic Red Carpet Looks from the Met’s Costume Institute Gala

Often referred to as the Oscars of Fashion for its spectacular red carpet display, last night's tribute to McQueen was a veritable who's-who of the fashion world.

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Often referred to as the Oscars of Fashion for its spectacular red carpet display, the Met's Costume Institute Gala is a veritable who's-who of the fashion world. This year's party honored the late Alexander McQueen and so, naturally, many of the top glamazons wore McQueen. Here, Gisele plants one on husband Tom Brady wearing a tiered crimson gown.
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Few can dominate a red carpet like the inimitable Beyonce, particularly when she's wearing a trumpet gown with gold embroidery by Emilio Pucci.
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After dressing in the Barneys windows, Daphne Guinness arrived in over-the-top McQueen.
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If you hadn't heard of Sarah Burton before Friday, you likely know the name following the frenzy surrounding the lace wedding gown she created for Kate Middleton. Here, the McQueen designer sported a goddess-y white gown.
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Karl Lagerfeld dressed Blake Lively for the event in a crystal-embellished Chanel couture gown. We loved the unusual draping, which dived dangerously beneath Lively's hip.
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Fashion-favorite Diane Kruger arrived with vunderkind Jason Wu in a sparkly beaded gold top and black slit skirt.
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An asymmetrical black-lace evening gown by Stella McCartney and statement Wilfredo Rosado jewelry was perfect for Rihanna: edgy, but still ladylike.
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Jennifer Lopez is known for her splashy red carpet ensembles, and last night was no exception: a hot fuschia Gucci dress with silky flower embellishments demanded attention.
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Sleek and statuesque as ever, Gwyneth Paltrow donned a softly-shimmering Stella McCartney dress.
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Certainly one of the most surprising Met Gala duos was that of Tory Burch and Kanye West. Burch—who has clearly been hiding some serious tailoring abilities—created Kanye's old-fashioned tuxedo.
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We were eager to see what Anna Dello Russo—an early advocate of Lee McQueen's—would wear to the Met Ball, and she didn't disappoint, in a lavish embroidered suit by the designer.
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Madonna arrived looking radiant as ever in a porcelain blue Stella McCartney gown embellished with a tiny floral motif.
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Naomi Campbell looked both regal and strangely futuristic in a fringed white gown by McQueen.
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Sarah Jessica Parker, who once came to the gala as McQueen's date (clad in tartan plaid), sparkled in a flattering beaded turtleneck dress by the late designer with body-conscious contours.
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Hailee Steinfeld looked radiant in a custom lace creation by Valentino.
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Leighton Meester was looking unusually sleek (as opposed to her familiar ultra-feminine aesthetic) in a structured Louis Vuitton dress.
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Chloe Sevigny gets kudos for choosing this unusual black lace McQueen creation, but we weren't crazy about that too-small ivory bow tie.
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The lovely Ashley Greene sported a sparkly champagne tulle gown by Donna Karan, accented with a simple gold clutch.
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Brooklyn Decker's hot pink Michael Kors ensemble matched her sunny disposition (and cropped new hair 'do).
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Liv Tyler spectacular feathered yellow gown was a creation by her escort, Givenchy's Ricardo Tisci.
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Christian Louboutin—rocking a bright red velvet jacket—was escorted by Ashley Olsen, who wore a vintage Dior gown and Louboutin stilettos.
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Penelope Cruz is a reliable "10" when it comes to red carpet affairs. No surprise, then, that Oscar de la Renta put her in a classic black gown for the occasion.
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Christina Hendricks sported a dramatic off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera in rich shades of burgundy and peach.
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Dark and edgy as ever, Zac Posen escorted Christina Ricci to the gala in a structured black-lace trumpet gown of his own design.
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Taylor Swift looked unusually mature in an asymmetrical peach silk gown designed by escort, J.Mendel.
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Jennifer Hudson arrived with a chartreuse-clad Vera Wang in an ethereal gray gown with a full white tulle skirt.
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Francisco Costa, creative director of Calvin Klein, had the lovely Zoe Saldana hanging off his arm in a sleek yellow tube dress from the spring collection.
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Red carpet darling Alexa Chung went short for the evening, stepping out in a sparkly silver confection by Christopher Kane with a black chiffon neckline.
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Crystal Renn's sweeping black taffeta gown made one of the most dramatic entrances of the evening, especially topped off with her glossy, upswept hair.
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Fergie looked like she was trying a bit too hard to give the royal wedding a run for its money in a lace Marchesa gown.
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Dakota Fanning certainly looked all grown up in custom flower-embellished Valentino that matched her shiny blond locks.
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Another member of young Hollywood, Emma Roberts, looked quite sophisticated in a draped white gown by Michael Kors.
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Tom Ford escorted model Carolyn Murphy in a dramatic deep-purple, boudoir-like evening gown of his own design.
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Actress Ginnifer Goodwin surprised fans when she revealed that her sexy emerald-green cut-out dress was actually a Topshop score—not designer couture.
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Technically, Karl Lagerfeld was Blake Lively's escort, but he seemed to prefer the company (at least temporarily) of heart-breaker Yoko Ono, who sported a stylish ivory cap with her long black gown.
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Iman eschewed the traditional ballgown in favor of an equally eye-catching sequined jumpsuit.
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If there was a "tall and glamorous couple" award handed out last night,, it would surely go to Karolina Kurkova and her date, Archie Drury. Kurkova sported a dramatic lace-and-silk dress by Jean Paul Gaultier.
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In spite of her minimalist creations at "The Row," Mary Kate Olsen will always be a bohemian at heart, and her red vintage Givenchy gown served as a perfect reminder.
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Miranda Kerr's ballerina-like Marchesa gown could have come off the set of "Black Swan."
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Demi Moore, on the other hand, looked a bit like her dark swan counterpart in the movie in this black feathery creation.
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Raquel Zimmerman opted for classic black in a tent-like McQueen creation festooned with feathers.
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Salma Hayek embraced the season's trendy nude color palette in a sheer silk gown by McQueen.
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Keeping with the black feathered trend of the evening, Thakoon Panichgul dressed actress Mia Wasikowska in a gorgeous black gown with a plummeting "V" neckline.
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Though Valentino himself stuck with his signature shade of orange, Natalia Vodianova sported a romantic '40s-style black lace dress by the designer.
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Emma Roberts paired a dark floral dress with a punchy pink lip.
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Michelle Williams embraced the evening's black trend, sporting a dark dress with gilded birds.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Twilight"'s Kirsten Stewart wore a striking patterned gown by Proenza Schouler.
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Saoirse Ronan was a show-stopper in this deep-scarlet Rodarte gown.
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Actress Renee Zellweger in a light-as-air lace confection.
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Marc Jacobs and business partner, Robert Duffy, paid tribute to McQueen by wearing traditional Scottish kilts.
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A glowing Kate Hudson opted for a billowy satin column.
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Kirsten Dunst embraced the season's calf-length trend in an embroidered Chanel dress.
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Karen Elson glittered in a floor-length McQueen gown that paired perfectly with her red hair.
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Singer Florence Welch arrived on the arm of YSL designer Stefano Pilati, wearing a cream colored gown and eye-catching, feathery wrap.
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