The Met Gala: the wildest gowns of the night.

Held annually as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in NYC, last night’s Met Gala pleased fashion fanatics worldwide.

One of the most exciting events in the fashion calendar, it marks the start of a new exhibition and hosts some of the most avant-garde gowns seen all year in a single night.

Every year, all guests aim to dress to the theme of the exhibition. This year’s exhibition – ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ – which will run from May 7th till August 16th,  explores the influence China has had on the western fashion world. The exhibition will showcase Chinese art and film alongside extravagant haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles.

Below are a few of the gowns which fitted the theme and made heads turn.

Karen Elson in Dolce and Gabbana.

Model/musician Karen Elson wore this regal gown by  Dolce and Gabbana. We love the full red skirt and the off the shoulder gold bodice – the gold jewellery and crown is an added bonus.

sarah Jessica Parker - custom H&M and Philip Treacy hat

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker wore a custom H&M gown and Philip Treacy hat. It is really the headwear which makes this outfit stand out but it is debatable whether it ‘works’ with the gown.

Rihanna - Guo Pei

Rihanna wore this gown ( or cape/blanket?) which had a very extravagant train. We love the choice of colour and this, along with the embroidery, definitely fits the theme. Does it work? Yes. Would it work on anyone apart from Rihanna? No probably not.

Model Georgia May Jagger wears Gucci

Model Georgia May Jagger wore Gucci. Could this fit the theme any better? We think not.  The mix of prints and loose cropped sleeves paired with the lace up heels makes this look a winner.

Despite sister Beyonce stealing media headlines  for her sheer gown, Solange definitely turned heads with her Giles mini dress which appears to look like paper fans - very fitting to the theme. Some say this was one of the worst outfits of the night, but even if she struggled to  see above it, she made a bold entrance with this unusual but stunning outfit.

Despite sister Beyonce stealing media headlines for her sheer gown, Solange Knowles definitely turned heads with her Giles mini dress. It appears to look like paper fans – which fits the theme in a slightly more unconventional way compared with other outfits worn on the night. Some say Solange was one of the worst dressed, but even if she struggled to see above the top of the gown, she made a bold entrance with this unusual and stunning outfit.

All Photos: Getty Images

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