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The Costume Institute Gala

by habituallychic

05 . 03 . 11
The East Coast equivalent to the Oscars is the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala hosted by Vogue.  While you have to be pretty well connected in the fashion world to be invited to the glamorous event, I was able to attend the morning preview.  This year’s Costume Institute exhibition is dedicated to Alexander McQueen and entitled Savage Beauty. It was one of the more breathtaking shows I’ve been to in a long time and I can’t wait to post my photos tomorrow.
Until then, here’s a peek inside the museum decorations for the evening gala.  I was blown away by the giant tree sitting a top the information desk in addition to many other trees and an abundance of flowers.  It takes almost a year to plan and an army to set up for this day so it was amazing that the event honoring Alexander McQueen would look so similar to the Royal Wedding at which Catherine Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen dress by Sarah Burton.  I hope Lee was smiling down on both.

Selma Hayek and Karl Lagerfeld

Sarah Burton
Alexander McQueen clutch

Robert Duffy and Marc Jacobs

Hamish Bowles

Zac Posen and Christina Ricci

Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott and Demi Moore

Jennifer Lopez

Aimee Mullins and Olivier Theyskens
Taylor Swift

Angela Lindvall and Shalom Harlow
Elettra Wiedemann

Janelle Monae

Renee Zellwegger

Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis

Sarah Jessica Parker
Florence and the Machine perform
Best dressed Giselle Budchen and Tom Brady

Photos 1, 3-8, 34 by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic
Photos 2, 9-33 Courtesy of Vogue.com

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  1. Al May 3, 2011 | 3:33 am

    Fabulous post. The evening must have been a delight. The decor was beautiful, as were the gowns!

  2. BluBabesCreate May 3, 2011 | 3:51 am

    I love the topiary!

  3. Karena May 3, 2011 | 4:20 am

    Oh I almost die to see this event! Your images of the Preview are great Heather! Mc Queen lives on!

    Art by Karena

  4. Splendid Market May 3, 2011 | 6:14 am

    I just love the verdant botanical beauty used here and at the royal wedding.

  5. meenal bishnoi May 3, 2011 | 8:14 am

    wow..what an evening it must have been..the moment i saw the huge tree in the photo i was instantly reminded of the royal wedding!! and nina ricci’s gown is something else!!! have a lovely day heather! xx meenal

  6. Francine Gardner May 3, 2011 | 11:47 am

    Absolutely spectacular! The design, the gowns and of course “the beautiful people”!
    Would love to see you to morrow night if you have a chance to attend the Jose Esteves Show at Interieurs (228 East 58th St) Press and bloggers will be present. (of course being New York, weather permitting!)

  7. Vicki Dreste May 3, 2011 | 12:30 pm

    I love seeing this event. Beautiful
    Thanks for posting so quicklY!

  8. Natasha May 3, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    WOW! What a great post!
    How about the gown on Christina Ricci…..

    Northern Light

    PS. Love the idea of the tall hedges at the entrance 🙂

  9. Pablo May 3, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Wow, amazing pics! They remind me of NY! =(


  10. Style Maniac May 3, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Oh I cannot wait to see your photos of the exhibit. Even thought I live in Philadelphia, I’m thinking of joining the Met just so I can go to one of the member previews with at least a few less viewers than the mad mad crush of general admission.

    That photo of Jennifer Lopez–the best she’s ever looked.

  11. susan r. May 3, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    gorgeous! thanks for sharing.

  12. TheIconicBlog.com May 3, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    How spectacular!xx


  13. Splenderosa May 3, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Yes, Gisele rules!!
    Beautiful post, Heather…especially of the rooms…must have been magical.

  14. LBoyd May 4, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    Amazing images, thank you for sharing! xx, Laura

    In Good Taste

  15. CHIC . LITTLE . BLOG May 4, 2011 | 10:29 pm

    Heather – enjoyed this post. I personally loved Zoe Saldana’s lemon Calvin Klein sheath and Ginnifer Goodwin’s amazing emerald green cut outs. Anna’s Chanel haute couture was pretty special too 😉 Did you see the gorgeous pics of the after party? I posted today if you feel like a visit 😉 The unofficial one was held at the Standard next door to my home…I think the best event venues are museums, personally – you can’t beat them for their amazing architecture and epic proportions.