The stars were shining in New York City tonight as they hit the red carpet for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. Regarded as fashion’s equivalent to the Oscars, the annual event attracts celebrities from both the fashion and movie industries. The gala’s theme this year is ‘The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion’.
Kate Moss was a glamorous golden girl as she arrived on the arm of honorary chair Marc Jacobs. The supermodel, who was co-hosting the annual Costume Institute Gala, glittered in an off-the-shoulder Marc Jacobs gold dress and matching turban-style headdress designed by milliner Stephen Jones. Co-host Justin Timberlake, wearing a suit by his label William Rast, was escorted by his lady in red, Jessica Biel, who took my breath away in a Spanish-style red Versace gown which showed off her legs but also featured a dramatic train.
The new Models as Muse exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates some of the world’s most beautiful women yet it shows how ideals of beauty have evolved to include the rest of women as well, its curator said on Monday.
Opening this week at the museum’s Costume Institute, the exhibit traces high fashion and its models from post-World War Two haute couture to grunge and minimalism of the 1990s, with iconic photographs, magazine covers, advertisements, clothes, music and film clips to illustrate each distinctive era. The show explores the power of clothing, fashion photography and models to project images of beauty over the years, its curators said at a preview for the media.
For the lowdown on who wore what, see below:
Kate Moss – Marc Jacobs
Madonna – Louis Vuitton
Gisele Bundchen – Versace
Kate Bosworth – Stella McCartney
Liv Tyler – Stella McCartney
MaryKate Olsen – Christian Lacroix
Jessica Biel – Versace
Justin Timberlake – William Rast
Heidi Klum – J. Mendel
Elizabeth Hurley in Elie Saab
Jessica Alba – Jason Wu
Rihanna – D&G
Rachel Bilson – Bally
Anna Wintour – Chanel Couture
Marion Cotillard – Christian Dior
Cindy Crawford – Versace
Brooke Shields – Calvin Klein.
Karolina Kurkova – Richard Chai and shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood.
Blake Lively – Versace
Jessica Stam – Rodarte and shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood.
Eva Mendes- Calvin Klein
Tyra Banks – Badgley Mischka
Kirsten Dunst – Chanel
Rachel Weisz – Vera Wang
Kate Beckinsale – Marchesa
Helena Christensen – Zac Posen.
Anne Hathway – Marc Jacobs
Agyness Deyn in Burberry, with Twiggy
Victoria Beckham – Louis Vuitton
The exhibit, ‘Models as Muse: Embodying Fashion,’ is on view from May 6 to August 9, 2009.