Ashley Olsen in The Row
Designers, models and celebs were out in full force on Monday night for this year's Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City (or to the city's society folk, the Met).
Whereas 2008's "Superheroes" exhibit paid tribute to Catwoman and the gang, this year's spring dance for the ultra chic and fashionable was themed "The Model as Muse".
Dolling up for New York's fashion event of the year is never easy. After all, the Costume Institute at the MET
houses one of the world's largest and most respected collections for haute couture. The look has to be as formal as an Oscar gown, as fresh as something a "Best New Artist" would wear to the MTV Music Awards, as fashion forward as a Flaunt magazine cover, and as decadent as an outfit Liberace would don to a Christmas ball hosted by Catherine the Great.
Without further ado, let's take a look at this year's honor students who "met" the challenge beautifully.
Go Big or Go Home!
Heidi Klum in J. Mendel
Elizabeth Hurley in Elie Saab Couture
Claudia Schiffer in Atelier Versace
Ivanka Trump in Brian Reyes
Kate Beckinsale in Marchesa
Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior
(va-va-voom!), with John Galliano
Jessica Alba in Jason Wu
Rachel Bilson in Bally
Claire Danes in Armani Prive
Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera
(but of course)
Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute Couture
Once a Muse, Always a Muse
Caroline Trentiniin in John Galliano
Agyness Deyn and Twiggy in Burberry Prorsum
Carmen Kass in Michael Kors
Iman in Donna Karan
[ via: US Weekly and Style.com ]