08 May 2012 by

2012 Met Ball: Top 40 Dresses Including Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada, Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga & Beyonce in Givenchy!

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You may have noticed from [a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/#!/Grazia_Live">Grazia's hysterical tweeting[/a] that the annual Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka: the MET Ball) happened in New York last night. Yippee!

The premise of this year's gala was Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations so the dress code is a no-brainer, right? Wrong. While Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carey Mulligan and Miuccia’s date, Linda Evangelista, chose Prada creations, many guests stuck to the tradition of arriving in and on the arm of their favourite designer.

The likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone and Florence Welch took sartorialness to new, dazzling heights by representing Valentino, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen in jaw-dropping red carpet confections while Coco Rocha wore an Elizabeth Taylor cast-off and Marc Jacobs wore a, err, LBD.

So! Without further ado, now is the time to turn an admiring eye to those glorious gowns courtesy of Grazia Daily’s ginormous gallery. Treat yourself by clicking through above…

Diane Kruger in Prada

Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada

Carey Mulligan in Prada

Miuccia Prada's date, Linda Evangelista in Prada

Kate Bosworth in Prada

Rihanna in Tom Ford

Gisele in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

Amber Valetta in Prada

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

Lea Michele in Diane Von Furstenberg

Lana Del Rey in Altuzarra

Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga

Coco Rocha in vintage Givenchy

Dakota Fanning in Louis Vuitton

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

Sarah Jessica Parker in and with Valentino

Emma Stone in Lanvin with Alber Elbaz

Renee Zellweger in Emilio Pucci with Peter Dundas

Jessica Chastain in Louis Vuitton

Karlie Kloss with and in Jason Wu

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana

Heidi Klum in Escada

Dree Hemingway in Topshop with Sir Philip Green

Claire Danes in J. Mendel with Gilles Mendel

Joan Smalls in Balmain with Oliver Rousteing

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry

Leighton Meester in Marchesa

Chanel Iman in and with Tom Ford

Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katrantzou

Poppy Delevigne in Chanel Met Ball Gala 2012 Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

Christina Ricci in Thakoon

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte

Alexa Chung and Karen Elson

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

Amber Heard in and with Zac Posen

Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone

Victoria Justice in McQ Alexander McQueen

Arizona Muse in Erdem


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