Monday night’s Met Gala in New York lived up to its reputation as The Party of the Year. As the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center, the gala takes its theme each May from the spring costume exhibition on view in its hushed galleries. “China: Through the Looking Glass” opens to the public on May 7 and continues through August 16, 2015.
Traditionally, the 350 invited Met Gala guests fashion their black-tie looks around the designated theme—some themes eliciting more over-the-top responses than others. Monday’s Asian-inspired turnouts — from dragon-embroidered haute couture gowns to pagoda-print pajamas, jade tassel earrings to full-on Chinese princess crowns — proved that A-list celebrities will do almost anything to play dress-up for a good cause.
Rihanna Steals the Show. Resplendent in a yellow embroidered silk coat with a massive train by Chinese couturier Guo Pei, RiRi needed several grown men to help her up the Met’s perilous red-carpeted stairs. Yellow is a symbol of royalty in China, and her wrap and headpiece were indeed fit for a queen. Later, Rihanna gave a surprise performance to the delight of the fashion-forward crowd.
Jennifer Lopez Imagines Dragons. At the Met Gala, the competition for “Who Can Wear the Least” is fierce. Jennifer Lopez’s color-of-the-year Marsala gown by Atelier Versace featured a sequined dragon dancing in all the right places.
Amanda Seyfried in Tiffany & Co. Many women chose high-neck or mandarin-collared gowns for a subtle hint of Chinese influence. The 29-year-old star of “While We’re Young” wore white Givenchy Couture — all the better to stand out on the Red Carpet. At the last minute she added a pop of color with diamond and ruby drop earrings from Tiffany & Co.
Blue-and-White Chinese Porcelain. Three beauties in blue brought a touch of cool to a night rich in reds and golds. Solange Knowles, Emily Blunt and Ivanka Trump looked like delicate export china perched on the Met’s famous stairway. Featured on Emily Blunt: sapphire and diamond earrings by Anna Hu.
Click here to watch power-stylist Elizabeth Stewart explain the process of styling Amanda Seyfried’s Met Gala jewels.