The 2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala

The 2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala
ESSENCE.COM May, 07, 2012

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Beyoncé Knowles wears a lace and cascading feathers Givenchy Haute Couture gown at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Rihanna wears a crocodile Tom Ford gown at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Paula Patton wears a strapless silk faille Vera Wang gown the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Solange Knowles wears a silk corset peplum Rachel Roy gown, Lady Grey jewelry, Edie Parker clutch and Christian Louboutin shoes at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Rachel Roy wears a self designed swarovski crystalized beaded gown, a David Yurman ring, Nancy Gonzales clutch and Monolo Blahnik shoes at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Janelle Monaé wears a satin jumpsuit at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Rashida Jones wears a drop-shoulder silk chiffon Tory Burch gown at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, both in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci suits, at the the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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La La Anthony wears a Zac Posen gown with husband Carmelo Anthony in a Rag & Bone tuxedo at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Liya Kebede attends the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Chanel Iman wears a Tom Ford gown at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Joan Smalls and Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, both in Balmain, at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Cara Delevigne and Jourdan Dunn, both in Burberry, at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on in New York City.

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Rosario Dawson wears a Calvin Klein leather fishtail gown at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on in New York City.

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M.I.A. wears Stella McCartney at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Bruno Mars wears a Prada tuxedo at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Kanye West wears a Givenchy tuxedo at the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.