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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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    2012 Met Costume Institute Gala

    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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    Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

    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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    Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

    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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    Color wheel

    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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    Heidi Klum

    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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    Scarlett Johansson

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

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    Rachel Zoe and Karolina Kurkova

    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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