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Met Costume Institute Gala brings out the stars

May 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM ET

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Hollywood A-listers donned their finest attire and walked the red carpet — but not for an awards show. Dozens of celebrities attended the 2014 Costume Institute Gala on Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and many more. (Check back for updates as more stars arrive on the red carpet.)

This year’s star-studded fashion soiree boasted a “white tie” dress code, a dramatic departure from last year’s punk theme that celebrated the exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Bradley Cooper.
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Anna Wintour.
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Rachel McAdams.
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Jessica Pare.
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Suki Waterhouse.
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Hailee Steinfeld.

Each $25,000 ticket will benefit the Met’s Costume Institute, which recently underwent a $40 million renovation and was reopened earlier Monday as the Anna Wintour Costume Center. First lady Michelle Obama inaugurated the center at the ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a who’s who list of fashion dignitaries honoring the Vogue editor.

This year’s gala was chaired by Aerin Lauder and boasted Wintour as a co-chair, alongside Cooper, Parker, Oscar de la Renta, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch.

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Emmy Rossum.
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Zoe Saldana.
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
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Allison Williams.
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David Beckham and Victoria Beckham.
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Neil Patrick Harris, left, and David Burtka.
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Rita Ora.
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Nicole Richie.
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Beyonce

The evening’s “white tie” theme was a nod to the subject of the Anna Wintour Costume Center’s first exhibition, Charles James, a fashion giant known as the “great American couturier” whose design work from the 1930s to the 1970s redefined society glamour.

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Katie Holmes.
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Karolína Kurková.
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Lea Michele.
Lupita Nyong'o
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Lupita Nyong'o.
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Brie Larson.
Taylor Swift.
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Taylor Swift.

Check out more photos from the event:

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From Sarah Jessica Parker to Bradley Cooper, Hollywood A-listers donned their best attire for the 2014 Costume Institute Gala.

Video: Stars shared some of their quirkier Met Gala moments online, including Taylor Swift, who revealed that her cat abruptly attacked her dress while she was having a fitting.


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