Met Gala Rihanna

For film buffs it’s the Oscars, for sports fans it’s the Super Bowl, but for us style savvy, one of the most prestigious events on the A-list calendar is the Met Gala and the Costume Institute Benefit.

Fashionable stars of the film and music industry turned up in their droves to the Costume Institute Gala, an annual fund-raiser for the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute, which has a hefty ticket price of US$25,000.

The event combines art with fashion and entertainment and Vogue editor Anna Wintour issues the dress code. This year’s theme was China: Through The Looking Glass, the same title as the showcasing spring exhibition at the institute.

The exhibition, which is on view to the public from May 7 to August 16 is presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center. It explores how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries, resulting in highly creative distortions of cultural realities and mythologies. A museum spokesperson said: “In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.”

As such the celebrities hit the red carpet in a plethora of Far East-inspired ensembles, some which ticked every sartorial checklist and some that should never have seen the light of day. Here are some of the most notable looks of the night.

Met Gala Rihanna

She may have arrived late but Rihanna made a dramatic entrance with her impressive effort, wearing a couture fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three people to carry it. The piece, which was a showstopper on the iconic grand staircase was by Chinese designer Guo Pei.

Jay Z, Beyonce, Met Gala

Beyonce made her first ever appearance at the Met Gala, attending with Jay-Z. While her rapper husband looked dapper in a tuxedo, Beyonce wore Givenchy though we aren’t too sure how the bejewelled (or rather ‘vajazzle-style’), barely-there dress met the dress code.

Met Gala Sarah Jessica Parker

Met Gala Sarah Jessica Parker

In contrast,  Met Gala regular, and one of our favourite style icons, Sarah Jessica Parker never misses a beat when it comes to following the rules, but she does so with flamboyance. She off-set her simple one shoulder gown – a dress from her collaboration with H&M, embellished with a large red flower and patchwork runner – with a gigantic Philip Treacy custom headpiece, which sent the Twitterati in a frenzy with new memes featuring her hat sweeping across social media.

Met Gala, Jennifer Lawrence

Keeping it simple yet demure was Jennifer Lawrence, who is one of the Met Gala co-chairs alongside honorary Chair Silas Chou and other co­-chairs  Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour. As ever, she wore a Dior couture dress, Roger Vivier shoes, and Cartier jewels.

Met Gala Anne Hathaway

The evening’s golden girl, literally, was Anne Hathaway, who looked stunning in a custom-made hood dress by Ralph Lauren. 

Kate Hudson, Michael Kors, Met Gala

Determined to give Anne a run for her money, Kate Hudson also opted for the metallic hue in a form-fitting Michael Kors gown with a decadent train.

Amal Alamuddin, Met Gala

Amal Clooney (nee Alamuddin) made a star out of formerly disgraced designer John Galliano, wearing a strapless, layered gown with a sequin covered bodice by Maison Margiela.

Met gala, Bee Shaffer Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour, who usually keeps her look relatively simple, opted for loud, embellished and blooming Chanel gown and she certainly pulled it off, looking half her age as she posed next to daughter Bee Shaffer (wearing Alexander McQueen) on the red carpet.

Met Gala, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

Taking cue from Beyonce, Kim Kardashian West oozed sheer (pun intended) confidence in a Roberto Cavalli number.

Met Gala Stella McCartney Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne was slightly off the dress code with her Stella McCartney jumpsuit but made up for it with her oriental-inspired body art.

Kendall Jenner Calvin Klein Met Gala

Her new BFF Kendall Jenner dazzled in Calvin Klein, putting the recent vandalism embarrassment behind her – Kendall’s NYC Calvin Klein billboard was attacked by a graffiti drone.

Met Gala Justin Bieber

Fellow Brat Pack member Justin Beiber managed to scrub up too, in a theme-appropriate Balmain jacket.

Met Gala Solange Knowles

Stepping from under her sister’s shadow and in to the shadow of her unique Giles Deacon gown was Solange Knowles. Statement? Yes. Are we a fan of it? Hmm, let us get back to you.

Sienna Miller, Met Gala

What we were a huge fan of was Sienna Miller’s Thakoon outfit complete with a Rau Wolf bag. This British star is certainly getting the right attention in Hollywood.

alexa chung, erdem, met gala

Another Brit getting the American vote is Alexa Chung who proved her model credentials in a structured, purple Erdem gown out-set with embellished teal shoes. A true style icon….

Diane Kruger Met Gala

Speaking of which, our red carpet favourite Diane Kruger looked like a beautiful China doll in her Chanel Haute Couture. This lady can do no wrong when it comes to fashion.

China: Through The Looking Glass exhibition, explores China’s influence on Western fashion. As well art, fashion will be high on the agenda with a style showcase of haute couture from Dior, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent, among other houses. Roberto Cavalli’s Ming-vase-patterned gown and Ralph Lauren’s back-plunging dragon dress will also be on display. The Met Museum exhibit will run until August 16.

 Images: Getty