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Hundreds of McQueen Devotees Flock to Met Costume Institute Gala

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Madonna was the last one to arrive at the gala. Madonna was the last one to arrive at the gala. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC)

Nearly 800 guests attended the Metropolitan Museum's black tie Costume Institute benefit on Monday night. Many of them were long-time Alexander McQueen fans.

The red carpet arrivals started at 6:30 P.M. with musician Janelle Monae's arrival. In her characteristic top hat and tie, she worked both sides of the media lining the covered steps of the Met.

Monae looked on as the first of the gala's organizers, Anna Wintour, who is Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, headed into the museum. Colin Firth, who was also one of the chairs of the gala, arrived shortly after Wintour.

Artist Daphne Guiness, an heiress of the Guiness family, strode up the steps of the museum. Just a few hours earlier, Guiness had dressed in a feathery Alexander McQueen outfit in Window No. 2 of Barney's, a spectacle she said was "terrifying."

Sandra Lee stood at the top of the steps admiring the addresses. Lee said she came to the gala in honor of Alexander McQueen.

"I think he's a very talented guy and I'm just sad he's not with us anymore," she said. "And so I wanted to come and celebrate him and pay my respects at such a beautiful event. I'm thrilled that Anna and the team chose to honor him."

Lee added she was thrilled that Kate Middleton wore McQueen's dress.

"I think it was elegant, sophisticated and forward, as is she," Lee said.

Fashion editor Anna dello Russo, who was wearing a tuxedo designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and an egg-shaped hat, said the Met's gala was better than the Oscars.

"I've never seen so many beautiful women dressed up like that," she said.

Fergie was wearing a dress by the designer Marchesa on Monday night. She said she watched the Royal Wedding.

"I'm a dutchess of music and there's a new dutchess, so I'm very in tune, I feel like," she said.

Other notable attendees included Mayor Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Beyonce and Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Pharrell, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Burton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Donald Trump and his wife, Stellla McCartney, Charie Rose and Barbara Walters, Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Penelope Cruz with Oscar della Renta, Kate Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Rihanna, Mick Jagger, Michelle Phillips, Paul McCartney, Solange and Renee Zellweger.

Madonna was the last one to get to the gala just after 8 P.M.

Click below to see a slideshow of who attended and to see what they wore.

The red carpet.
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The red carpet.
Musician Janelle Monae was the first to arrive at the Met's red carpet.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Musician Janelle Monae was the first to arrive at the Met's red carpet.
We loved this cape!We loved this cape on former <em>Vogue</em> editor André Leon Talley!
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We loved this cape on former Vogue editor André Leon Talley!
Janelle Monae looks on as Editor-in-chief of <em>Vogue</em>, Anna Wintour, enters the Met. Wintour was one of the chairs of Monday night's benefit.
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Janelle Monae looks on as Editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, enters the Met. Wintour was one of the chairs of Monday night's benefit.
Actor Colin Firth, who cleaned up at the Oscars for his role in
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Actor Colin Firth, who cleaned up at the Oscars for his role in "The King's Speech" was also one of the chairs of the benefit.
Artist Daphne Guiness, heiress of the Guiness family, arrived on the red carpet shortly after she dressed in Alexander McQueen in Barney's Window No. 2 Monday afternoon.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Artist Daphne Guiness, heiress of the Guiness family, arrived on the red carpet shortly after she dressed in Alexander McQueen in Barney's Window No. 2 Monday afternoon.
Guinness said dressing in the window was
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Guinness said dressing in the window was "terrifying"!
A dress with a serious train.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Heading inside.
Fashion editor Anna dello Russo wears a Sarah Burton suit made for Alexander McQueen.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Fashion editor Anna dello Russo wears a Sarah Burton suit made for Alexander McQueen.
Actress Diane Kruger and Jason Wu (who has designed dresses for Michelle Obama) on the red carpet at the Met Museum's Costume Institute gala.
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Actress Diane Kruger and Jason Wu (who has designed dresses for Michelle Obama) on the red carpet at the Met Museum's Costume Institute gala.
A dress with a serious train.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
A dress with a serious train.
Across the red carpet.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Across the red carpet.
Designer Tory Burch stops by for an interview.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Designer Tory Burch stops by for an interview.
A red dress for a red carpet.
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A red dress for a red carpet.
Sarah Burton, who is now the head of the house of Alexander McQueen, twirls for the camera.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Sarah Burton, who is now the head of the house of Alexander McQueen, twirls for the camera.
Singer Taylor Swift at the bottom of the red carpet.
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Singer Taylor Swift at the bottom of the red carpet.
Swift up close.
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Swift up close.
Pausing in a simple white gown.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Pausing in a simple white gown.
Three dresses on the red carpet.
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Three dresses on the red carpet.
Model Crystal Renn on the red carpet.
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Model Crystal Renn on the red carpet.
Renn speaking for a moment to WNYC.
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Renn speaking for a moment to WNYC.
A black and white lace affair.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
A black and white lace affair.
Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Designer for Burberry.
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Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Designer for Burberry.
Fergie.
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Fergie.
Fergie with her husband Josh Duhamel.
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Fergie with her husband Josh Duhamel.
Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Some 'Glee' on the red carpet.
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Some 'Glee' on the red carpet.
A pregnant Jessica Alba meets friends.
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A pregnant Jessica Alba meets friends.
A stylish couple.
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A stylish couple.
Thandie Newton speaks to the press as Demi Moore chats to friends in her tres-chic hat.
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Thandie Newton speaks to the press as Demi Moore chats to friends in her tres-chic hat.
Jay Z helps Beyonce with her dress.
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Jay Z helps Beyonce with her dress.
Penelope Cruz and Oscar De La Renta.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Penelope Cruz and Oscar De La Renta.
Sofia Vergara sports a flowered gown.
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Sofia Vergara sports a flowered gown.
No messing around with this fur!
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
No messing around with this fur!
A pregnant Kate Hudson...
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
A pregnant Kate Hudson...
An attendant fixes Christina Ricci's dress.
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An attendant fixes Christina Ricci's dress.
Alicia Keys scales the red carpeted stairs with hubby Swizz Beatz.
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Alicia Keys scales the red carpeted stairs with hubby Swizz Beatz.
John Legend and Christine Telgen.
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John Legend and Christine Telgen.
The pair pauses for an interview.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
The pair pauses for an interview.
Madonna was the last one to arrive at the gala.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Madonna was the last one to arrive at the gala.
Singer Mary J. Blige chills on the stairs.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Singer Mary J. Blige chills on the stairs.
Actress Michelle Williams didn't stop on her way to the party.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Actress Michelle Williams didn't stop on her way to the party.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones made an appearance.
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Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones made an appearance.
As did Gwyneth Paltrow.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
As did Gwyneth Paltrow.
Rihanna (left) and Paul McCartney (right) also showed up.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Rihanna (left) and Paul McCartney (right) also showed up.
Charlie Rose took time away from his show to come with Barbara Walters.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Charlie Rose took time away from his show to come with Barbara Walters.
Solange Knowles was also at the gala.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Solange Knowles was also at the gala.
Renee Zellweger paused for a long photo op.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Renee Zellweger paused for a long photo op.
Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld wore black, white and shades.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld wore black, white and shades.
Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr.
Donald Trump and his wife stopped to give WNYC a soundbite about Osama bin Laden.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Donald Trump and his wife stopped to give WNYC a soundbite about Osama bin Laden.
This train did not stop.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
This train did not stop.
Mayor Bloomberg made time to stop by the gala.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Mayor Bloomberg made time to stop by the gala.
The crowd hoped to catch site of the celebs.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
The crowd hoped to catch site of the celebs.
Men in traditional Scottish garb greeted the party goers.
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Men in traditional Scottish garb greeted the party goers.
A shot of Jennifer Hudson inside the gala.
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A shot of Jennifer Hudson inside the gala.
Francois-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek, Stella McCartney, Anna Wintour and Colin Firth.
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Francois-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek, Stella McCartney, Anna Wintour and Colin Firth.
Tom and Gisele Brady.
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Tom and Gisele Brady.

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Comments [1]

c-mon from In the vicinity of L.A.

dang, you got Madge on camera! awesome!!!

May. 06 2011 01:24 AM

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