The Simply Luxurious Life®: The Costume Institute Gala at the Met 2011  

May 2, 2011

The Costume Institute Gala at the Met 2011

The Costume Institute Gala at the Met welcomed its first guest in Anna Wintour as its focus was to pay homage to the late Alexander McQueen. Titled “Savage Beauty”, the evening’s red carpet saw designers and their muses revealing gorgeous and unique creations. With the finishing touches in place, as carefully orchestrated by the Vogue team, take a look at the locale and the must talked about fashions. I have to say, there are many beautiful designs, but Sarah Jessica Parker, Gisele Bundchen and Salma Hayek stand out for me – maybe it’s because they wore McQueen?


Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney


Kate Hudson in Tory Burch

Gisele Bunchen in Alexander McQueen Fall 2005


Elizabeth Banks in Tommy Hilfiger


Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stella McCartney

Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors

Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta


Isla Fisher in Tory Burch


Coco Rocha in Pre-Fall 2011 Alexander McQueen


Caroline Trentini in Michael Kors


Chanel Iman in Dolce & Gabbana

Beyonce in Pucci

see the front of Beyonce’s dress here

Stella McCartney in her own design


Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera

Sofia Vergara in Carolina Herrera


Madonna in Stella McCartney


Demi Moore in Prabal Gurung

Iman in Stella McCartney


Christina Ricci in Zac Posen with the designer


Ashley Greene in Donna Karan

Diane Kruger in Jason Wu

Taylor Swift & Giles Mendel in J. Mendel Couture

Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen Spring 2011

Eva Mendes in Stella McCartney

Jessica Stam in Tommy Hilfilger

Tory Burch & Kanye West in Tory Burch

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen Fall 2005

Images via Vogue, Style Bistro & Celebuzz


At May 2, 2011 at 7:13 PM , Blogger CJ said...

I loved looking at all the gowns! (Isn't Madonna wearing Stella McCartney? Forgive me if I'm wrong.) Hard picking a fave!

At May 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Kori said...

Wow gorgeous photos! Great picks. Kori xoxo

At May 2, 2011 at 7:20 PM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Cj - You are correct! Oops! ;) Thanks for keeping me on my toes. xo

At May 2, 2011 at 9:43 PM , Blogger Splenderosa said...

Great and wonderful post. Gisele is THE one, as usual. xx's

At May 2, 2011 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Prêt à Porter P said...

Am I the only one confused by all the Tory Buch and then Kanye in TB??!! WT..??! I'm not WOWED by any of the McQueen red carpet looks except for SJP's. I want to like Beyonce's but I don't like the cutout in the front. But she is a pop star and I expect "over the top" but never "elegant" from them. Don't get we wrong I like Beyonce! I like how Madonna looks, even though it says Stella, it looks sort of McQueenish to me. I want to like Ricci's but to quote Tim Gunn "that's a lot of look." Whoever is in the background in the red looks pretty fabulous though.

At May 2, 2011 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Heartbeatoz said...

My Sister in Law will be in New York in July so I am insisting that she go see this Exhibition I adore Salma Hayek's Dress and for once Madonna looks nice :)

At May 3, 2011 at 3:06 AM , Blogger The enchanted home said...

Oh boy..such glamour! The hits for me...SJ Parker, Diane Kruger and Elizabeth Banks. The misses, Beyonce (horrible), Christina Ricci (OMG), and Madonna (shiny and cheap looking) Thanks for the fashion show!! Fun!

At May 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM , Blogger lexi920 said...


I can't stop thinking about the back of Beyonce's McQueen dress. Also, so bold of Iman to wear a gold sequin jumpsuit! I love the risk takers the best at the Met Costume Galas.

At May 3, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Cara said...

I can't believe how many people wore TORY BURCH!

At May 3, 2011 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Prêt à Porter P said...

-ps. Beyonce is wearing Pucci:

At May 5, 2011 at 8:17 AM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Pret a Porter P - Thanks for the catch on Beyonce - I just updated the post. I truly do appreciate my readers sharing information that needs to be added or fixed. Thank you very much .:)

Cara - I know! I had no idea she had such amazing evening gowns. What I loved about the ones that walked the red carpet was that they still had the simplicity, but with a touch of elegance.

Lexi920 - I too love Iman's gumption to pull off the gold sequin pantsuit. I think it looks fantastic!

At May 6, 2011 at 6:25 AM , Blogger AlwaysMe said...

Thank you for this beautiful post and taking time to post not only the fashion but the set up for the party - that is always fun to see.


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