Turning heads at the Met gala’s China: Through the Looking Glass

When it comes to the ultimate in fashion, the Hollywood award shows take a back seat to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition opening night gala–there’s a good reason it’s called the “Oscars of Fashion.” The brainchild of Anna Wintour, this year’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. The world’s fashionistas turned out in jewel-drenched splendor to show off the latest couture. Some followed the theme, some went couture crazy and some played it safe. But we’ll leave the modest frocks to others. Here are the outfits that really turned our heads.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s headdress evoked the phoenix crowns of traditional Chinese brides

Anne Hathaway

Check out Katy Perry’s hand bag.

fka twigs

Joan Smalls

Fan Bingbing

Helen Mirren

Zoe Kravitz

Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz

Adrien Brody

Karolina Kurkova

Recommended reading:

Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People by Hamish Bowles & Chloe Malle (Abrams; 2014)

The museum’s Costume Institute exhibition opening night gala is THE place to see and be seen, thanks to the work of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who penned the foreword. This sumptuous book covers the Party of the Year as well as the history of the Costume Institute and it’s glorious exhibitions.