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2012 Met Gala – Fashion’s most glamorous night brings out the best and worst in Couture

Posted on May 08 2012

Beyonce in Givenchy Couture - "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The Costume Institute Gala was the event du jour last night with stars from the music and acting realms colliding with the elite of the fashion world. Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and other Hollywood heavy hitters took over the famous carpeted stairs of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. With tickets reportedly costing $25,000 per individual, the event often deemed as the “Oscars of the fashion world”, provided no shortage of Haute Couture at it’s best and worst. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s best and worst looks by fashion house.

Givenchy ruled the night with Beyonce kicking things off in a very sheer and feathered number

Rooney Mara also went sheer in an edgy Givenchy Couture gown

The face of Givenchy, Liv Tyler in a Couture gown by the fashion house

Gisele in a beaded Givenchy gown with front slit

Alicia Keys went for a pant suit in the sea of dresses--sporting Givenchy Couture

Unfortunately, not all Givenchy is created equal. Model, Coco Rocha bombed in this Couture number with matching pink hair

The exhibit featured Miuccia Prada’s designs from the late 1980s to the present, which meant a lot of Prada frocks on the carpet.

The event's co-host, Carey Mulligan shined in a gold and silver paillete Prada halter dress

Diane Kruger in a feathered violet Prada gown

Kate Bosworth in a fringed and feathered Prada mini

Gwyneth Paltrow went short in a metallic Prada mini

Also going for Prada but not quite hitting the right notes…

Milla Jovovich in a gladiator skirt inspired Prada number

Eva Mendes was on trend with her peplum skirt but failed to impress with the rest of her Prada look

Jessica Biel also failed to impress in her low cut Prada look and heavy bangs

Other notable designs were…

Sofia Vergara in Marchesa

Leighton Meester in Marchesa

While Lily Collins looked sweet in Valentino Couture...

Sarah Jessica Parker unfortunately looked a bit dowdy in her Valentino number

Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan

Ashley Greene looked ethereal in Donna Karan

Hilary Swank in Michael Kors

Jessica Alba in a one shouldered lamé Michael Kors gown

Cameron Diaz in a beaded Stella McCartney gown

Funny lady, Kristen Wiig also opted for Stella McCartney

Marion Cotillard was a vision in an ombre Dior Couture strapless number

Florence Welch in Alexander MCQueen

Cate Blanchett made an edgy statement in a feathered Alexander McQueen gown

Rihanna in a textured Tom Ford column gown

Renee Zellweger in Emilio Pucci

January Jones in a lemon hued Versace dress

Solange Knowles escorted Rachel Roy in a bright yellow number by the designer

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

Katherine McPhee in Elie Saab

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce and Gabbana

Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli Couture

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

And the head scratcher award of the night goes to…

Christina Ricci in Thakoon

The new face of Balenciaga, Kristen Stewart disappointed in a miss-matched mess of a dress and shoes by Nicolas Ghesquiere

Jessica Chastain's Louis Vuitton number did her no favors

The usually well-put-together Emma Stone was also a miss in Lanvin

Leslie Bibb was overwhelmed by her Zac Posen ball gown


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