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The Met Ball

is the annual fundraising evening gala

for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, New York.

Started in 1971, the event is widely regarded as a highlight

of the fashion calendar and marks the opening

of the Costume Institute’s yearly exhibition.

Anna Wintour

the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine

has chaired the Met Ball, since 1995.

The guest list includes luminaries of the

fashion, art and entertainment industries.

This year’s extravaganza celebrates the re-opening

of a newly renovated Costume Institute and

highlights the current exhibition on the

work of Anglo-American fashion couturier

Charles James (1906 – 1978).

(image from wmagazine.com):

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The designer Charles James in his studio

Known for his exquisite ball gowns,

Mr. James would have been pleased with

the designs worn by the attendees of this

years Met Ball.

(image from fashionista.com):

by the designer, Charles James:

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(images from whowhatwear):

This year’s Met Ball was held on 5 May 2014.

My top ten favourite gowns were worn by:

met ball 2014 Liu wen in zac posen

Liu Wen

wearing Zac Posen

met ball bee shaffer in alexander mcqueen custom pale blue satin_tulle

Bee Shaffer

wearing Alexander McQueen

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Karolina Kurkova

wearing Marchessa

met ball emilio pucci f_w_ 14 gold embroidered tulle leighton meester

Leighton Meester

wearing Emilio Pucci

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Blake Lively

wearing Gucci

met ball marchesa silk, hand pleated katie holmes

Katie Holmes

wearing Marchessa

met ball michael kors silver lame strapless  lily aldridge

Lily Aldrige

wearing Michael Kors

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Karlie Kloss

wearing Oscar de la Renta

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Arizona Muse

wearing Zac Posen

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Amy Adams

wearing Oscar de la Renta

Mark your diary:

Charles James:  Beyond Fashion

until 10 August 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York