Awards & Events- All The Over The Top Fashion's That Ruled At The Met Gala

Hollywood has the Oscar’s and Washington has the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, but the fashion universe has arguably the most glamorous, over-the-top display of designer wear at the annual Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala.

It was a dizzying amount of fashion but we collected all the fantastic and fabulous looks from last night’s “Met Ball”, every last one of them! The museum hosted everyone from Vogue’s headmistress, Anna Wintour -who forced everyone working at Vogue to wear pink- to Beyoncé who wore a show stopping Givenchy Haute Couture Gown. The night also saw it’s fair share of shocking, memorable moments.

For the first time ever this year’s Met Ball was livestreamed courtesy of Vogue, Amazon.com and the Costume Institute, to give everyone a by-the-second glance of all the action. Unfortunately many things went wrong with that brilliant idea, the least which was blurry, out-of-focus faces which Styleite referred to as "A nightmare!".

The camera and microphone were nestled right in the middle of crazed, screaming photog’s. Those of us glued to our computer were treated to a pupu platter of profanity as well as them shouting at celebs like Justin Timberlake ”Safety first Justin!” and Debra Messing “Can someone help Debra?” as they walked up the steps. Perhaps worst of all, a few geniuses felt it necessary to break into an impromptu rendition of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" when Mick Jagger was passing by with his wife L’Wren Scott. Nails, on a chalkboard.

Another gem of a moment came when the photographers confused poor Cate Blanchette for Renée Zellweger. We are not sure they actually ever realized who they were shouting at since they continued with, "Renée Zellweger!!! Renee!" for the duration of her walk.

The live telecast was hosted by red carpet veteran Billy Norwich and Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann. Elettra who has had a great career as a fashion model is the daughter of actress, Isabella Rossellini and grand daughter of Casablanca icon, Ingrid Bergman.

Billy Norwich who is also a long-time Vogue contributing editor was an absolute riot as he fumbled and squealed delightfully during interviews. There were so many golden moments we practically lost track. When legendary Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz, who just celebrated ten years with the French label stepped up to the camera he was take aback by Billy’s off-the-wall question. “What is it like to walk the red carpet, like being stung by bees?” 

During Billy’s interview with Valentino Garavani and Sarah Jessica Parker who was also wearing Valentino Couture, the designer was trying to explain SJP’s ever evolving love affair with fashion through the years. “Sarah Jessica has been around in fashion for many many many many many- ok not SO many,” which had everyone giggling.

Vogue was directly involved with the making of this year’s exhibition and to that end Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour asked of her staff from the magazine to dress only in pink as an ode to Schiaparelli. Elsa Schiaparelli was known for her use and undying love the hue which became known as “shocking pink”. Anna herself however, did not feel it necessary to follow suit, opting for a white Prada gown instead. What else do you expect though, she’s Anna. The exhibition was also previewed earlier this year during Milan Fashion Week by Anna.

Although it might seem so from the outside, the Met Ball is not an award show, it signals the opening of a new curated exhibition every year. Last year the life and work of the late Alexander McQueen was celebrated which showcased his body of work and titled “Savage Beauty”. This year saw the coming together of two great women in fashion for Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible conversations. Elsa Schiaparelli marked her place in fashion history not only as a famous rival to Coco Chanel but for her beautiful designs that were heavily influenced by Surrealists. She worked with collaborators like Salvador Dalí and Alberto Giacometti. Schiaparelli became a trailblazer of design, in creating sweaters with surrealist trompe l'oeil images, the divided skirt -a forerunner of modern shorts- and the introducing graphic knitwear to the world of fashion. Also if you have ever worn a wedge shoe, you can thank Elsa Schiaparelli for that invention as well.

Miuccia Prada who holds her own special place in the realm of design with the successful Prada label as well as her more youthful Miu Miu collection, was selected to juxtapose the Schiaparelli aesthetic while demonstrating what the two women have in common despite the decades between them.

Given the role Surrealism and other art movements play in the designs of both Schiaparelli and Prada, it seems only fitting that their inventive creations be explored here at the Met,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  “Schiaparelli’s collaborations with Dalí and Cocteau as well as Prada’s Fondazione Prada push art and fashion ever closer, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship.”

The exhibition, in the Metropolitan Museum’s first-floor special exhibition galleries, features approximately 100 designs and 40 accessories by Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s, and by Miuccia Prada from the late 1980s to the present, drawn from The Costume Institute’s collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections.  Eight short videos created by Luhrmann, in which Prada talks with Schiaparelli, who is played by actress Judy Davis, animate the entry gallery and the seven themed sections of the exhibition and provide the thread that connects the objects.
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations will be open to the public May 10–August 19, 2012 at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute in NYC.

Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in Dolce & Gabbana

Camille Belle in Ralph Lauren

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Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney

Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan Atelier

Debra Messing in Kaufmanfranco

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe Collection

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Jessica Alba in Michel Kors

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Sophia Vergara in Marchesa

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Lana Del Rey in Altuzarra

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Anne V in Prada

Carrey Mulligan in Prada

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana

Leighton Meester in Marchesa

Jessica Paré in L'Wren Scott

Kate Upton in Michael Kors

Dree Hemingway in Topshop

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Paula Patton in Vera Wang

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Amber Heard and Zac Posen in Zac Posen

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Diane Kruger in Prada

Marion Cotillard in Dior

Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren

Julianne Hough in Carolina Herrera

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Linda Fargo in Elsa Schiaparelli

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Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein

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Marc Jacobs in Marc Jacobs

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Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture

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Renée Zellweger in Emilio Pucci

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry

Amy Poehler in Forntini

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Giselle Bundchen in Givenchy Haute Couture

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Kate Bosworth in Prada

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Rihanna in Tom Ford

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Linda Evangelista in Prada

Poppy Delevigne in Chanel

Mary-Kate Olsen in The Row

Cate Blanchette in Alexander McQueen

Rosario Dawson in Calvin Klein

Liv Tyler in Givenchy

Leslie Bibb in Zac Posen

Ivanka Trump in Peter Pilotto

Lea Michelle in Diane von Furstenberg

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Brooke Shields in J. Mendel

Jessica Chastain in Louis Vuitton

Bee Schaffer in Erdem

Candice Swanepoel in Rag & Bone

LaLa Anthony in Zac Posen

Constance Jablonski in Haider Ackermann

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Heidi Klum in Escada

Caroline Trentini and Olivier Theyskens in Custom Theyskens Theory

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada

Jessica Stam in Dior Haute Couture

Dakota Fanning in Louis Vuitton

Brooklyn Decker in Tory Burch

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Eva Mendes in Prada

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

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Kristen Wiig in Stella McCartney

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Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte

Kristen Bell in Tommy Hilfiger

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Katherine McPhee in Elie Saab

Hilary Swank in Michael Kors

Liu Wen in Michael Kors

Vera Wang and Wendy Murdoch in Vera Wang

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Jamie King in Custom Made Topshop

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Emma Stone and Alber Elbaz in Lanvin

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Rachel Zoe in Rachel Zoe Collection

Melania Trump in Christian Siriano

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Ashley Greene in Donna Karan Atelier

Hanneli Mustaparta in Calvin Klein

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Anna Wintour and Miuccia Prada in Prada

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino

Claire Danes in J. Mendel

Anja Rubik and “Angelina's right leg” in Anthony Vaccarello

Donna Karan in Donna Karan

Lena Dunham in Wes Gordon

Diana Agron in Carolina Herrera

Greta Gerwig in Prabal Gurung

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Chanel Iman and Tom Ford in Tom Ford

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Amy Addams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Doutzen Kroes in Roland Mouret

Amber Valetta in Prada

China Chow in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

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January Jones in Versace Atelier

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Solange Knowles and Rachel Roy In Rachel Roy

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Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy

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Emma Roberts in Escada

Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katarantzou

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Angela Lindvall in Prada

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Claire Courtin-Clarins, Prisca Courtin-Clarins, Virginie Courtin-Clarins and Jenna Courtin-Clarins all in Mugler

Julie Macklowe and Chris Benz in Chris Benz

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Lizzie Tisch in Mary Kantrantzou

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Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu

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Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière

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Pamela Love in Sophia Theallet

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M.I.A. and Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney

Jessica Biel in Prada

Christina Ricci in Thakoon

Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen

Isabelli Fontana in Emilio Pucci

Milla Jovovich in Prada

Jenna Lyons in J. Crew

Lauren Santo Domingo in Oscar de la Renta

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Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture

Images VIA WWD and Zimbio

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