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STYLE SPOTTING: THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA

Fashion and costume are certainly not strangers. Repetto Ballet Flats were developed with Brigitte Bardot in the 1950’s, brought to fame in the film “And God Created Woman”, which you can read more about in this post here. And, since 2007 Armani has been patron of the Sydney Theatre Company with the stunning, statuesque beauty Cate Blanchett at its helm with husband Andrew Upton.

Perhaps the most famous fusion of the two is The Costume Institute in New York. It started out as the Museum of Costume Art in 1937, led by Irene Lewisohn. In 1946 with financial support garnered from the fashion industry, the then Museum of Costume Art merged with the Met, becoming The Costume Institute. Today, it houses a collection of more than 35,000 costumes and accessories spanning five continents and as many centuries. Two special exhibitions are held each year under the careful direction of Harold Koda (Curator in Charge) and Andrew Bolton (Curator). The current exhibition is Alexander McQueen - Savage beauty.

The calibre of the event is indubitable with fashion doyenne Anna Wintour at the helm as the co-chair of the institute. Previous co-chairs have included iconic fashion royalty such as Jacqueline Onassis.

Every year our most adored stars turn out in a flurry of perfect evening wear for one of the most prestigious fashion events on the calendar - The Costume Institute Gala. This year was certainly no exception, and here are just a few of our favorites:

Our latest woman to grace our homepage, Blake Lively was nothing short of extraordinary in her silver-blue Grecian dress. We also love her accessory - Karl Lagerfeld ;) Though we can’t see very much of her shoes, our silver blue glitter and grey silk would have been perfect!

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You have to give snaps to a woman who sacrifices mobility for fashion. Not that it was too debilitating, but the fabulous Beyonce did require a hand or two up the stairs in this polarising Balenciaga gown. Again her shoes are hidden, but I can only imagine they were something like these black and gold 4.5 inch heels!

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And Diane Kruger made this risque split look classic and edgy.

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Although her shoe was as classic as the rest of her outfit, I would have *loved* to see a showstopping heel peep toe, like the one above here, designed by our client Elena.

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Which look was your favorite?

Jodie x

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Posted by on 14 June 2011.