Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Met Costume Institute Gala 2011 - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Part 1

This year's Met Costume Gala paid tribute to the late designer Alexander McQueen. Some of McQueen's most iconic pieces were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of the Arts during the event, which was the site of McQueen's first graduate show. 

The Met Costume Gala is a chance for attendees to dress-up, with guests favouring more daring couture looks than what is usually seen on the red carpet.

Click here for Part 2 of the fashion.

Check out some of amazing outfits below:

In a tribute to her mentor, Sarah Burton looked ethereal in a white, long-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown.

Never one to follow trends, Anna Dello Russo showed why she is one of the most followed style icons in the world today. In a tribute to the late designer, Dello Russo chose to wear an Alexander McQueen suit with gold detailing, accessorised with an egg headpiece and netting covering her face.

Gisele Bündchen paid tribute to the late Alexander McQueen, wearing a stunning red McQueen gown with had a simple fitted bodice which followed out into a sea of red layers. Accompanied by husband Tom Brady, Bündchen opted for natural make up and wavy hair. 

Not one to pick traditional fashion choices, Chloë Sevigny chose to let her gown do the talking, wearing minimal make-up and no jewellery with her high-collared black lace McQueen gown.

Karen Elson also chose a McQueen gown, teaming her sequined dress with soft curls.

Alexander McQueen fan Sarah Jessica Parker remembered her designer friend in a high-necked, full-beaded McQueen gown, accessorised with green square-toe heels.


Lea Michele chose to team her stunning Escada dress with a floral clutch and sleek hair.

Mary-Kate Olsen stayed true to her eclectic style wearing a vintage Givenchy haute couture gown and Nicholas Kirkwood heels.

Generally favouring girly dresses, Dianna Agron stepped out of her comfort zone in this bright column Michael Kors dress, accessorised with a gold cuff. 


Natalia Vodianova walked the red carpet with designer Valentino in one of his feather and sequin couture gowns.

Rihanna's adventurous approach to fashion saw her wear a black, one-shouldered, lace Stella MacCartney lace gown with a long, red braid and emerald drop earrings.

Usually more daring with her fashion choices, Leighton Meester went with a detailed, black, strapless Louis Vuitton dress matched with a long, sleek ponytail.

Ashley Olsen chose to wear a vintage Christian Dior couture gown with puffy sleeves and side split. She matched her gown with a simple up do and natural make-up.

Michelle Williams stayed true to her style wearing a black Miu Miu gown with gold swallow appliqués.


Nicole Richie matched her long sleeved, white Jason Wu gown with dramatic arm cut-outs, with Veronica Lake waves and metallic heels.

Miranda Kerr looked like an extra from Black Swan in her tulle Marchesa dress with statement white heels.


Ashley Greene chose a lovely embellished Donna Karan gown, accessorised with jewelled earrings and a cuff.

Jessica Alba glowed on the red carpet showing off her baby-bump in a strapless Ralph Lauren dress with embellished tulle layers. 

Naomi Watts also chose Stella McCartney, glowing in ethereal sheer gown with gold embellishments.

Yummy-mummy Kate Hudson also opted for a strapless champagne dress by Stella McCartney. Staying true to her bohemian roots, she kept her hair in loose waves with a jewelled headpiece.


US Vogue editor Anna Wintour wore a multi-coloured sequin Chanel gown from the 2011 Haute Couture Collection with her infamous bob.

With her new strawberry-blonde hair colour, Blake Lively looked stunning in her renaissance style, silver Chanel gown with beautiful appliques and drapes.

Diane Kruger channelled old Hollywood glamour in her nude and black, embellished Jason Wu gown with thigh-high split

Taylor Swift looked elegant in a beautiful nude and black lace J. Mendel couture gown decorated with hand-frayed organza layers. Her dark red lips complete her stunning look.

Dakota Fanning was age appropriate in layered tulle Valentino gown, covered with delicate flowers.

Gwyneth Paltrow wore a simple sequined Stella McCartney column gown accessorised with nude peep-to pumps and a gold clutch.

Alexa Chung wore a high-necked version of a 2011 Fall Christopher Kane dress with trademark plastic detailing across the bust.


One of many Stella McCartney dresses on the red carpet, Maggie Gyllenhaal stood out in a stunning blue sequinned gown. She completed her look with minimal make-up and a simple up-do.

Eva Mendes looked amazing in a one-shouldered, jewel-toned blue Stella McCartney dress. The accordion pleats and gold accessories made her look really stand out. A tousled ponytail and natural make-up complimented her look perfectly.

Her blue Tory Burch gown suited Isla Fisher’s wavy red curls. Fisher teamed her sequined skirt and organza bodice with a soft smoky eye.


Liv Tyler looked lovely in a white and yellow, ombré Givenchy gown. The dress is has feather details along the bodice and hem of the dress.

Zoe Saldana was unusually conservative in a strapless yellow Calvin Klein accessories with a gold choker and ring. 


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked amazing in a daring pink Burberry Prorsum gown. The thigh-high split and cut-outs emphasised her fantastic body.

Ginnifer Goodwin rocked her pixie cut with a stunning 70’s inspired, emerald green Topshop dress. The front twist, side cut-outs and thigh high split and unexpected shoe choice, make this outfit a winner.

Isabel Lucas looked lovely in a coral, Grecian Louis Vuitton halter dress. Lucas compliments her gown with an intricate headpiece.


Other than Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney was the most popular designer on the red carpet. There were a lot of nude gowns with detailed embellishments. Guests tended to favour natural make-up with minimal jewellery.

It was hard to pick a favourite among all the stunning outfits. I couldn't separate Eva Mendes, Ginnifer Goodwin (loving both of their vibrant jewelled tones) and Taylor Swift (I loved the dark red lips with her intricate J. Medel dress).

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  1. Gisele in the red gown is stunning. And I always love a dress in lemon

  2. Giselle's couture McQueen gown exudes passion. Red is a colour that soars above others. Miranda Kerr was quite a disappointment this year with the swan lake like dress. Her shoes were poorly chosen and too much of an emphasis! Ashley Greene looked lovely in her fairytale gown. As for Isabel Lucas, always true to her bohemian style of life, her coral dress was tasteful and suited her perfectly. Xo

  3. Thanks for taking the time to comment:) I love hearing people's opinion on fashion:)

    The layers on the train of Giselle's McQueen dress is amazing! She definitely has the presence to pull it off.
    I agree with your comment on Miranda Jess. I don't think the length of the dress is right for the style. I think Isabel really accessorised her gown well. She turned what could have been a basic look, into something special.



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