The Metropolitan Museum's annual Costume Institute Gala is the most highly anticipated fashion event of the year, and this year’s theme—Charles James: Beyond Fashion—practically begs attendees to pull out all the stops. The legendary couturier was known for utterly glamorous, stunningly architectural ball gowns (the exhibit on his work opens May 8th) so the expectation for dramatic dresses is high. To add to the excitement, First Lady Michelle Obama cut the ribbon at the Costume Institute today on the newly opened Anna Wintour Costume Center. Clearly, it’s going to be a thoroughly glamorous evening, and we’ve been waiting with fingers poised to bring you the best looks in real time. Click through now to see what everyone wore, from Sarah Jessica Parker in jaw-dropping Oscar de la Renta to Kirsten Dunst in show-stopping Rodarte.
Oscar de la Renta blush satin faced organza dress with matte gold sequins, pearl beads, silver lined seed beads, rose gold metallic threadwork leaves, and organza petal embroidery; Lorraine Schwartz 1 million dollar natural pink diamond cluster earrings and 3.8 million dollar fancy grey and vivid pink diamond ring.
Hugo Boss ice-blue backless and fully embellished dress with Bauhaus-inspired embroidery and a pleated overlay; Edie Parker Jean clutch in white pearl.
Burberry custom nude and soft pink degrade layered silk organza dress; Anita Ko Fan earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds, Leaf ring in 18k white gold with diamonds, Feather ring in 18k white gold with diamonds, Wave ring in 18k white gold with diamonds, and ear cuffs in 18k gold with diamonds..
On Mary-Kate: vintage Ferre dress.
On Ashley: vintage Chanel dress; Sidney Garber South Sea pearl earrings.
Donna Karan Atelier custom-dyed sage backless graphic devore velvet gown with tiny assmeticral straps that criss-cross around the back; Christian Louboutin shoes; Zagliani Faye clutch in silver python with gunmetal hardware; House of Harlow 1960 custom 14k gold ear cuffs with 2.1cts of hand set diamonds and a custom draped chain 14k gold necklace with 5.35cts of hand set diamonds; Catbird jewellery.
Prada custom calf length emerald green net dress assembled with glass beads, crystals, chandelier drops, and cascading feathers, military green suede sandals embellished with large stones, and a green raso clutch.
Prabal Gurung dress; Van Cleef & Arpels Cosmos earrings featuring onyx and diamonds and Cosmos ring featuring onyx and diamonds.
Lanvin custom two-tone black and pétrol blue draped strapless dress in satin duchesse with black satin belt and black grosgrain cage evening sandals; Lorraine Schwartz 10 million dollar platinum diamond drop earrings and her own diamond engagement ring.
Proenza Schouler dress; Harry Winston jewellery.
Michael Kors custom strapless black silk wool shantung bustle gown with white floral threadwork and sequin embroidery and black sandals; Fred Leighton diamond flower earrings in platinum c. 1950’s, a mid-century diamond bombe swirl cocktail ring in platinum, sapphire and diamond ring in platinum c. 1950, sapphire and diamond cross over bracelet in platinum c. 1930, diamond wave bracelet in platinum c. 1950’s.
Balenciaga dress; Gianvito Rossi Carbon black satin sandals; Fred Leighton Colombian emerald drop and diamond earrings.
Oscar de la Renta coral silk faille gown and coral silk Goa clutch; Fred Leighton 19th century diamond laurel leaf necklace, round brilliant diamond studs, approx. 4 carats each, pair of 19th century diamond flower brooches worn in the hair.
On Stone: Thakoon custom pink knit jersey cropped strappy-back tank top and fuchsia silk chiffon plisse draped long skirt; Tod's Signature clutch in silver; Graziela Gems Baby Rose Stackable Pizza Ring; EF Collection ring.
On Garfield: Band of Outsiders metallic shawl collar blazer and tux trousers.
Marchesa midnight sculpted strapless satin organza dress with organza flower details and hand-painted floral illustrations dress; Harry Winston 55-carat guipure diamond necklace and queen diamond ring.
Balmain F/W 14 black leopard short dress and braided jewellery sandals.
Oscar de la Renta ivory duchess satin and black velvet gown with exposed crinoline dress; Fred Leighton 19th century diamond drop earrings, approx. 4 carats each, 19th century diamond and white enamel bracelet in gold, and diamond and pearl circular brooches.
Mugler by David Koma custom dress; Sergio Rossi Dali suede pumps.
J. Mendel ivory and black silk faille dress with draped bustier cummerbund waist and pleated train.
Ralph Lauren dress; Fred Leighton diamond floral lace earrings in gold c. 1960, a diamond flower ring in gold c. 1960.
Victoria Beckham dress; Jacob & Co. drop earrings in platinum, Asscher cut diamond line bracelet.
Zac Posen dress.
Zac Posen dress; Van Cleef & Arpels Estate necklace from 1946 with diamonds, topaz, and enamel set in 18K yellow gold, Three Leaves Estate earrings featuring diamonds set in platinum and 18K white and yellow gold, and Oiseaux de Paradis ring featuring diamonds and pink sapphires set in 18K rose gold.
Stella McCartney white two-piece dress; Jacob & Co. choker featuring 116ct of diamonds in 18kt white gold and 4ct diamond stud earrings; Dionea Orcini Jaipur ring and topaz ring; L.M. ring with white diamonds and topaz.
Alexander McQueen custom pale blue washed duchesse satin and tulle dress; Fred Leighton 19th century diamond pendant necklace, 19th century diamond and sapphire earrings.
Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière dress.
Jason Wu custom navy micro-beaded camisole with navy silk gauze full skirt; Lee Savage clutch, Christian Louboutin sandals; Carolina Amato black satin gloves with pearl buttons; Jennifer Meyer 18K yellow gold channel set studs.
Miu Miu custom pale blue cady and nude tulle mini dress encrusted with crystal embroidery, red and yellow satin strappy sandals, and a metal framed turquoise satin clutch.
3.1 Phillip Lim dress; Anya Hindmarch Crisp Packet clutch; Lorraine Schwartz Bronze titanium and diamond earrings and diamond rings.
Theory by Olivier Theyskens custom dark emerald green bonded silk gown; Ana Khouri Charlotte black diamond, black gold, and black pearl ring.
Marchesa saffron gold silk faille hand pleated gown with off-the-shoulder sculptural drape and copper floral 3D ribbon embroidery; Harry Winston yellow diamond ear studs and ring.
Prada custom powder blue silk organza tee-length dress with transparent top, which overlays a satin bralette with a high ruffle neckline and geometric micro mirror embroidery, and skirt with large black plexi plates, grey satin ankle strap pumps, and a black satin clutch with a jeweled closure; Irene Neuwirth earrings and ring.
Emilio Pucci F/W 14 gold embroidered tulle long-sleeve gown with plunging neckline; Jimmy Choo Deny sandals.
Zac Posen dress; Smythson floating envelope box clutch in gold satin with gold trim; De Beers diamond jewellery earrings and necklace.
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda black Chantilly lace siren dress, embroidered with ruching.
Chanel couture dress.
Stella McCartney pink spaghetti strap gown and mirrored clutch; Jimmy Choo Claire clutch; Ana Khouri Peacock pearl and diamond gold earrings, Stem gold and diamond necklace, and Petter gold and diamond bracelet; Vieri Lily Love rose gold pink tourmaline pave diamond ring; Sidney Garber gold and diamond chain link ring.
Michael Kors custom strapless silver lamé draped dress; Stephen Russell jewellery.
On Heard: Giambattista Valli Haute Couture 4 embroidered silk dress; Fred Leighton 19th century diamond pendant earrings, 19th century diamond cluster bracelet, pair of early 19th century diamond bracelets.
On Depp: Ralph Lauren Purple Label black tuxedo tailcoat and white pique vest.
Michael Kors custom black cashmere halter bodysuit with a bonded black floral lace on optic white taffeta sculpted skirt and black python clutch; Jack Vartanian black diamond Galeria earrings, Gala black diamond bracelet, Glam Leopard bracelet with diamonds, Rhodonite Serpent bracelet, and a black rhodium ring with black diamond.
Ralph Lauren gown; Lorraine Schwartz grey diamond fish cuff, grey diamond bead cuff, diamond and natural pearl rings, and diamond drop earrings.
Carolina Herrera dress; Van Cleef & Arpels Oiseaux Flamboyant earrings with red spinels, pink sapphires, and diamonds set in 18K white gold and Paeonia ring with yellow and white diamonds set in 18K white gold.
Diane von Furstenberg custom dress and F/W 14 Flirty Minaudiere in Champagne Foil Metallic Leather; Fred Leighton 1940’s diamond and gold wing brooch c.1940, round brilliant cut diamond studs in yellow gold approx. 3 carats each, 1940's citrine and sapphire bracelet in gold, 1940's sapphire and diamond fan ring in gold, fancy yellow diamond ring, antique diamond cluster ring.
Vera Wang custom deep nude strapless silk tulle dress with hand-tucked body and sheer skirt accented by a center front-slit; Ruthie Davis Emma Heels; Dana Rebecca Designs Lindsay Allison Earrings; EFFY Jewlery diamond bangles; GAYDAMAK Starlight rose gold and brown diamond hand piece; Anita Ko ear cuff in 18k rose gold with diamonds.
Rodarte F/W 14 black silk velvet and silk charmeuse printed death star dress with swarovski crystals and star studded leather sandals; Van Cleef & Arpels Serenitatis earrings with diamonds and sapphires set in 18K white gold, hair ornament with diamonds set in 18K white gold, Noeud bracelet with diamonds set in 18K white gold, and Pushkar ring with 2.60-carat cushion-cut sapphire and diamonds set in platinum
Oscar de la Renta F/W 14 silver silk duchess satin gown and silver crown Goa clutch.
Oscar de la Renta F/W 14 gold lamé cloqué dress with lacquered feather embroidery.
Dior Haute Couture white crepe gown with navy and black satin incrustations, black wool jacket, and clutch; Jimmy Choo Ingrid sandals; Fred Leighton diamond and enamel wing earring, diamond and platinum bracelets, diamond bands in platinum, diamond three-stone ring in platinum.
Tommy Hilfiger dress; Christian Louboutin shoes; Reece Hudson clutch; Monique Pean diamond slice stud earrings, fossilized woolly mammoth tooth root and grey dinosaur bone collar necklace, fossilized woolly mammoth geometric signature ring, and fossilized woolly mammoth and black Guatemalan jade ring.
Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci custom black dress in mousseline all over embroidered with crystals, stones, and studs, worn with matching bodysuit, embroidered fishnet tights and shiny crocodile leather all-over embroidered sandals; Philip Treacy mask; Lorraine Schwartz over 200 carats custom Black Diamond jewellery.
Chanel Haute Couture S/S 14 dress and jewellery; Christian Louboutin shoes.
Gucci Premiere dress; Lorraine Schwartz ruby swirl drop earrings and a collection of ruby diamond rings.
Nina Ricci blue grey silk radzimir strapless dress with bow detailing.
Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci custom baby pink jersey pleated dress with all over embroidered with crystals and sequins, clutch, baby pink ostrich feathers stole, and baby pink nappa leather sandals.
Stella McCartney hot pink strapless gown; Fred Leighton 1950’s diamond floral clusters earrings in platinum, 19th Century diamond arm bangle, Old mine diamond cluster ring.
Diane Von Furstenberg custom dress; Lorraine Schwartz blackened white diamond thunderbolt earrings and ring.
Tadashi Shoji F/W 14 red and black crewel embroidered tulle cape; Jimmy Choo Damek platform sandals.
Theory by Olivier Theyskens custom embroidered black silk dress.
Calvin Klein Collection geranium silk crepe two-piece with Bougainvillea satin lining; Gianvito Rossi F/W 14 Rebel pumps; Rauwolf clutch; Vhernier earrings.
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