Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2009

Black Hollywood’s most style-savvy stars came out to join the fashion industries finest at the Costume Institute's annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). This year’s theme explored "The Model as Muse." By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM May, 05, 2009

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Looking more sassy than sweet, Rihanna heats up the red carpet at the Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). The “Good Girl Gone Bad” singer spices it up in a Dolce & Gabbana cropped pant suit with a haute couture tuxedo jacket. We are lovin’ the exaggerated shoulders that only a true risk-taking fashionista could pull off. It appears the megastar is doing just fine since taking a break from boyfriend Chris Brown.

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Leave it to hip-hop’s main man Russell Simmons to bring his own take on red-carpet sophistication.

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It may have been raining in New York City last night, but that didn’t stop Hollywood’s most style-savvy stars from coming out and joining the fashion industry’s finest at the Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET).

By Qianna Smith

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This year’s Costume Institute Gala theme celebrated “The Model as Muse” exhibit, which is open to the public now through August 9, 2009. The exhibit explores the relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty. Supermodel Chanel Iman proves why she commands in clothes rockin’ this Zac Posen pink leopard print gown.

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Actress Kerry Washington was channeling Madonna circa 1980 wearing this tulle and lace Louis Vuitton design.

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Model turned mogul Tyra Banks wows the crowd at the gala wearing a Badgley Mischka gown that dazzled on the red carpet.

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Supermodel extraordinaire Iman defines ageless beauty in a gown by Donna Karan.

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Looks like songbird Ciara has a liking for all things Italian. The bright star shines wearing a black and white silk georgette dress from Emilio Pucci’s Autumn/Winter 2009/10 collection.

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Vogue magazine’s Editor-at-large, André Leon Talley, turned to one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s go-to designer’s Isabel Toledo for his gala attire and accented it with jewelry from Roger Vivier.

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You can’t seem to get a picture of Kanye West without girlfriend Amber Rose in hand. The two lovebirds are a match made in fashion heaven.

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