This year’s Met Gala celebrated the genius of Alexander McQueen. The Costume Institute‘s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit opens tomorrow, and breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe it. But more on that later! The Met Gala is arguably the most fashionable event of the year, so it’s no surprise than many of the A-list guests dressed in keeping with the fashionable McQueen theme.
While all his work had undertones of gothic romanticism (or savage beauty, if you will), McQueen was no one-trick pony. His designs ran the gamut, as exhibited by the varied looks of the night. For example, Anna Dello Russo wore pants! She looked like the love child of a quirky matador and Lady Gaga — you know, because she wore an egg headpiece. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a beaded archive McQueen gown that was several shades subtler than the tartan number she wore as the designer’s Met Ball date in 2006 (they matched!).
Other celebs also went archive. Karen Elson chose a dress she originally wore on the spring 2004 runway, and Gisele donned one that Jessica Stam wore in the fall 2005 show. Naomi Campbell was full-on avant garde in McQueen couture, while Chloë Sevigny looked downright demure in high-necked black lace.
Some went new school McQueen with Sarah Burton creations; Salma Hayek, Coco Rocha, and Raquel Zimmermann were all part of the Burton crew. Of course, Daphne Guinness changed into a spring 2011 feathered frock in the Barneys window. Oh, and Burton herself also wore one of her own designs. (And while this post is admittedly about the ladies, we must give a shoutout to John Legend. For not only did he wear an Alexander McQueen tux, his ensemble included a skull bow tie. Amazing. Also, Hamish!)
Check out the girls (and boy) in McQueen below! Which look is your favorite?
this is some kind of spaceship or something.