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    2012 Met Costume Institute Gala

    Hollywood’s biggest stars opted for bright and bold gowns at the 2012 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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    From Beyonce to Gwyneth Paltrow, Hollywood’s biggest stars opted for bright and bold gowns at the 2012 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7 in New York City. This year's event honored designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. Take a look at the dramatic glamour on the red carpet:

    New mom Beyonce Knowles, in a revealing and embroidered Givenchy Haute Couture gown.

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    The cute Hollywood couple arrives at the Met.

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    Sofia Vergara -

    The stunning "Modern Family" actress, glowing in a metallic Marchesa dress, poses on the red carpet.

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    Clad in black -

    Black is the new black: Janelle Monae, Mary Kate Olsen, Cate Blanchett, Renee Zellweger and Rooney Mara wear the evergreen New York City color.

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    The married couple pose for cameras on the red carpet.

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    Chloe Sevigny -

    The edgy actress wore a barely-there frock.

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    Dakota Fanning -

    The teen actress opted for a ladylike lavender gown by Louis Vuitton.

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    Tangerine mania -

    A few on Hollywood's it-list opted for the Pantone color of the year: Katharine McPhee, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Wiig, Kristen Bell and Ginnifer Goodwin glowed in the orange hue.

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    Florence Welch -

    The British musician, front woman for Florence & The Machine, went for romantic drama in an Alexander McQueen creation.

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    Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen -

    The NFL player was a nice accessory for his supermodel wife, sparkling in a sequin fitted gown by Givenchy.

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    Ivanka Trump -

    Showing off some new bangs, the reality TV star and designer wore a dramatic, floor-length navy gown.

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    Some stars do it bright: Julianne Hough, Emma Roberts, January Jones, Dianna Agron, Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger in a rainbow of colors.

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    Rachel Feinstein Currin and Marc Jacobs -

    The artist and fashion designer pose on the red carpet.

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    Bright white -

    Not just for weddings: Claire Danes, Ashley Greene, Melania Trump and Amy Adams opted for chic white.

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    Clad in a sexy lace Escada gown, the supermodel was all smiles at on the red carpet.

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    Kristen Stewart -

    The "Twilight" star's Balenciaga color-blocked mini dress drew criticism from fans, who thought she could have picked something less adventurous for the gala.

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    Lea Michele -

    The "Glee" star sparkled in a navy sequin gown by Diane von Furstenberg.

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    Heavy metal -

    Spring-appropriate metallics flooded the red carpet: Camilla Belle, Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meester, Carey Mulligan and Jessica Alba all dazzled in shades of gold and copper.

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    Rihanna -

    The fashion-forward singer wore a sexy alligator-print gown by Tom Ford.

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    Gwyneth Paltrow -

    The Oscar winner went short and bare in a Prada dress.

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    Red on red -

    Way to match the carpet: Emma Stone, Milla Jovovich, Mia Wasikowska and Hillary Swank opted for red.

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    Christina Ricci -

    The "Pan Am" actress went all out with a dramatic Thakoon dress.

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    The "Avengers" star wore a blush-colored Dolce & Gabbana mermaid gown.

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    Hollywood's go-to stylist posed with supermodel Karolina Kurkova, wearing a Zoe design, on the red carpet.

    "I thought [Kurkova's dress] was a stunning dress," said E!’s Giuliana Rancic on TODAY Tuesday. "If you're going to wear a turban anywhere, the MET gala is the place to do it."

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    Amy Poehler -

    The funny actress and mom of two glammed it up in a peplum Fotini gown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit.

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