05 September 2013 by

Get Ready To Swoon! The 2014 Met Ball Has Bradley Cooper AND Charles James Couture

Charles James [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

At the 2013 Met Ball Hollywood was left perplexed at how to be a punk for the night. It was rather a lot to ask Hollywood to dress like they worshipped The Clash, so this year Anna Wintour is being kind as the exhibition pays homage to British-born designer (Mr anti-punk) Charles James.

We'll forgive you if you haven't heard of him, but he is a hugely influential New York designer who created elegant ball gowns in the 40s and 50s. James was close friends with Cecil Beaton, was highly respected by the likes of Christian Dior and was often dubbed 'a great friend of the French couture.' The exhibition, which opens on the 8th of May, will examine 100 Charles James pieces and will present him as a scientist, mathematician and designer. It might be nine months away, but we're already excited to see Marc Jacobs, Giles Deacon and pals have a go at 50s pattern cutting.

But now we get to the really good bit. Sarah Jessica Parker is a Met Ball veteran and Anna Wintour has taken notice, as she has been named as a co-chair with the one... the only... Bradley Cooper. Oscar de la Renta will co-host the event so the Met steps will be flooded with candy coloured full skirts and delicate embellishments. 50s couture AND Bradley Cooper; this is going to be one big swoon fest.

What do you make of this year's theme? Let's revisit the last five years of Met Balls below...

2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture

Back in May anyone who is ANYONE in planet fashion hiked up the 154 feet long staircase (with a designer pal on their arm) to be welcomed into the museum by fashion editortrix Anna Wintour. As the theme was punk there were plenty of fake nose rings, leather and chatter about The Clash on the red carpet. In the words of Lena Dunham: 'It's an excuse to spit in the museum.'See over 100 stars get punk'd in our 2013 Met Ball coverage.

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2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

The premise of this gala was Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations so the dress code was 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

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2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

In 2011 the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated the work of the late Alexander "Lee" McQueen. It wasn't a McQueen only red carpet as you might expect - Coco Rocha hit the nail on the head when she pointed out that all of the the best Alexander McQueen dresses were on display in the museum's “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition. So this left the A-list scrabbling around for the gowns by the late designer, with many having to resort to wearing dresses by other design houses.

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2010: American Women: Fashioning a National Identity

The 2010 Met Gala was co-chaired by Patrick Robinson, creative director of Gap (which also sponsored the event), and Oprah Winfrey. The stand out best dresser was Sarah Jessica Parker in a champagne Halston Heritage show-stopper. But this 2010 will always be known as the year Kate Perry wore a light up frock.

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2009: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion

Anne Hathaway wore purple Marc Jacobs and a can of hairspray and Kate Moss wore a metallic Marc toga and turban. But five years later the pictures of Madonna in her Louis Vuitton bunny ears are still doing the rounds.

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See the best of the 2013 Met in the gallery below...

GALLERY>> Met Gala 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon at Met Gala

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala

Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture at Met Gala

Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney at Met Gala

Emily Blunt in Carolina Herrera at Met Gala

January Jones in Chanel at Met Gala

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Gucci at Met Gala

Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela at Met Gala

Anne Hathaway in Valentino at Met Gala

Lily Aldridge in Tommy Hilfiger at Met Gala

Heidi Klum in Marchesa at Met Gala

Emmy Rossum in Donna Karan Atelier at Met Gala

Chanel Iman in J Mendel at Met Gala

Kate Bosworth in Balmain at Met Gala

Kelly Osbourne in Marc Jacobs at Met Gala

Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala

Sophia Coppola in Marc Jacobs at Met Gala

Lily Cole in Vivienne Westwood at Met Gala

Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at Met Gala

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana at Met Gala

Jourdan Dunn, Ashley Madekwe and Julianne Hough in Topshop at Met Gala

Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors at Met Gala

Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors at Met Gala

Rita Ora in Thakoon at Met Gala

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at Met Gala

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga at Met Gala

Mary Kate Olsen in vintage Chanel at Met Gala

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at Met Gala

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior at Met Gala

Lena Dunham in Erdem at Met Gala

Marion Cotillard in Dior at Met Gala

Blake Lively in Gucci at Met Gala

Michelle Williams in Saint Laurent at Met Gala

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino at Met Gala

Kylie Minogue in Moschino at Met Gala

Emma Roberts in Diane Von Fustenberg at Met Gala

Olivia Wilde in Calvin Klein Collection at Met Gala

Uma Thurman in Zac Posen at Met Gala

Christina Ricci at Met Gala

Elle Fanning in Rodarte at Met Gala

Jessica Alba in Tory Burch at Met Gala

Ashley Olsen at Met Gala

Ginnifer Goodwin in Tory Burch at Met Gala

Kerry Washington in Vera Wang at Met Gala

Karlie Kloss in Louis Vuitton at Met Gala

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs at Met Gala

Hailee Steinfeld in Donna Karen Atelier at Met Gala

Alexa Chung at Met Gala

Nicki Minaj at Met Gala

Solange in Kenzo at Met Gala

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala

Jaime King at Met Gala

Sienna Miller at Met Gala

Chloe Sevigny

Nina Dobrev at Met Gala

Nicole Richie in Custom Topshop at Met Gala

Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala

Taylor Swift at Met Gala

Kirsten Dunst in Louis Vuitton

Dakota Fanning in Rodarte at Met Gala

Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein Collection at Met Gala

Anja Rubik at Met Gala

Karolina Kurkova in Mary Katrantzou at Met Gala

Tom Ford and Joan Smalls at Met Gala

Naomie Harris in Donna Karan Atelier at Met Gala

Rooney Mara at Met Gala

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala

Giuliana Rancic at Met Gala

Hilary Rhoda in Wes Gordon at Met Gala

Riccardo Tisci and Rooney Mara in Givenchy at Met Gala

Anna Wintour in Chanel at Met Gala


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