On Monday, May 4, 2015, public figures, celebrities, designers, models, publishers, editor, and photographers donned their best duds for the Costume Institute Gala in New York.
The event, informally known as the Met Gala, signals and celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual exhibit.
The 2015 exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass, officially opens May 7 2015 and will close August 16 2015.
According to Racked, New York, in 2014 Anna Wintour, event chair since 1995 and editor-in-chief of Vogue, raised the price of tickets for the event from $10,000 to $25,000 for those not already on the guest list.
With this change, the event has become even more exclusive.
This guest list is dominated by the stars art, music, fashion, film, publishing, and society.
The exhibit customarily serves as the thematic backdrop for the event, and is somewhat meant to inspire the guests’ fashion choices.
While not all the guests coordinated their outfits with the theme, all guests attempted to pay an homage to the intersection of fashion and art through their ensembles.
Fashions at what the Daily Skim named ‘Vogue Prom’ ranged from classic and simple to completely avant-garde.
One of the most popular dress trends at the Gala was wearing hardly any dress at all.
Ladies bold enough to don the naked dress included Joan Smalls in Roberto Cavalli, Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace, Donatella Versace in Atelier Versace, Kim Kardashian West in Roberto Cavalli, and of course, none other than Beyoncé.
We were all forced to bow down when she strutted the red carpet clad in custom-made Givenchy gown.
Cara Delevingne’s edgy black Stella McCartney jumpsuit gave us all a throwback to last year’s Stella McCartney black and white cropped top and pants ensemble.
She completed the look with slicked back hair, smoky eyes, and her signature brows.
Other women like Constance Jablonski in Theory, Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute Couture and Sienna Miller in Thakoon, opted for pants as well.
Jennifer Connelly’s Louis Vuitton gown featured enlarged shoulders.No one’s shoulders were more talked about than Anna Wintour’s.
She made a statement in a red embellished floral number by the one and only Chanel.
The Gala could have been called fifty shades of red, with guests such as Helen Mirren in Dolce & Gabbana, Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu, Rita Ora in Tom Ford, Gigi Hadid in Diane von Furstenberg, Amal Clooney in Maison Margeila, Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger, Hannah Davis in J. Mendel, Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, Miguel in Michael Kors and many more arriving in the bold hue.
Many ensembles features higher necklines, halter straps, and turtle necks, including those of Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga, Caroline Trentini in Atelier Versace, Hailey Baldwin in Topshop, Miley Cyrus in Alexander Wang, Karlie Kloss in Atelier Versace, Kate Hudson in Michael Kors, and Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection.
Although Kristen Wiig wore yellow, Rihanna’s yellow game definitely garnered more attention.
She stepped onto the red carpet wearing a canary yellow Guo Pei robe and embellished head piece.
The silk brocade, fur-accented robe was colossal complete with never ending train.
Those who paid homage to the exhibit’s theme through their Chinese inspired outfits included Lizzie Tisch in Erdem, Kate Mara in Diane von Furstenberg, Bella Hadid in Topshop, Zhang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera, Bee Schaffer in Alexander McQueen, Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M, Georgia May Jagger in Gucci, Emily Blunt in Prada, Janelle Monáe in H&M and Tabitha Simmons and Coco Brandolini D’Adda, both in Dolce & Gabbana.
Anne Hathaway was a flawless golden goddess in a metallic short-sleeved Ralph Lauren column gown, complete with matching clutch, many earrings and a simple hood.
The ladies were not the only guests who donned jaw-dropping ensembles. The guys were some of the best dressed people in attendance.
Robert Pattinson sported a classic Dior Homme tuxedo.
Justin Bieber caught some eyes in his black and gold metallic suit by Balmain.
Derek Jeter officially left his baseball uniform for a sophisticated Rag and Bone tuxedo.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka looked fierce together as always, while Larry David was stylish in an all black suit with white accented shoes.
Usher was one of the best dressed in his slick black suit, well accessorized with a cane.
It is safe to say that the party guests earned their places at one of fashion’s most celebrated nights.