Met Gala 2013: Pictures From The Red Carpet At The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit Ball [PHOTOS]

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  • Madonna at the 2013 Met Gala

    Madonna in Riccardo Tisci at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Miley Cyrus at the Met Gala

    Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Gwen Stefani at the 2013 Met Gala

    Gwen Stefani in Margiela at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 Met Gala

    Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles and Philip Treacy at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Taylor Swift at the 2013 Met Gala

    Taylor Swift in J. Mendel at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Debbie Harry at the 2013 Met Gala

    Debbie Harry at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Emily Blunt at the 2013 Met Gala

    Emily Blunt in Carolina Herrera at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Kerry Washington at the 2013 Met Gala

    Kerry Washington in Vera Wang at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • West And Kardashian

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Riccardo Tisci at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Donatella Versace at the 2013 Met Gala.

    Donatella Versave at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Sienna Miller at the 2013 Met Gala

    Sienna Miller at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Uma Thurman at the 2013 Met Gala

    Uma Thurman at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Florence Welch at the 2013 Met Gala

    Florence Welch at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Blake Lively at the 2013 Met Gala

    Blake Lively at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Dakota Fanning at the 2013 Met Gala

    Dakota Fanning in Rodarte at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Elle Fanning at the 2013 Met Gala

    Elle Fanning in Rodarte at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Nicole Richie at the 2013 Met Gala

    Nicole Richie in Topshop at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Katie Holmes at the 2013 Met Gala

    Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Anna Wintour at the 2013 Met Gala

    Anna Wintour in Chanel at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Rooney Mara at the 2013 Met Gala

    Rooney Mara at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Ashley Olsen at the 2013 Met Gala

    Ashley Olsen at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Katy Perry at the 2013 Met Gala

    Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Met Gala

    Jennifer Lawrence in Dior at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Beyoncé At 2013 Met Gala

    Beyonce in Givenchy at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Amanda Seyfried at the 2013 Met Gala

    Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Gisele at the 2013 Met Gala

    Gisele at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Anne Hathaway at the 2013 Met Gala

    Anne Hathaway in Valentino at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Ginnifer Goodwin at the 2013 Met Gala

    Ginnifer Goodwin in Tory Burch at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Carey Mulligan at the 2013 Met Gala

    Carey Mulligan at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Rita Ora at the 2013 Met Gala

    Rita Ora at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Cara Delevingne at the 2013 Met Gala

    Cara Delevingne in Burberry at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Kate Upton at the 2013 Met Gala

    Kate Upton in DVF at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Cameron Diaz at the 2013 Met Gala

    Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Emma Watson at the 2013 Met Gala

    Emma Watson in Prabal Guruna at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Christina Ricci at the 2013 Met Gala

    Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Kate Bosworth at the 2013 Met Gala

    Kate Bosworth in Balmain at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal at the 2013 Met Gala.

    Maggie Gyllenhaal in Calvin Klein at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2013 Met Gala

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Kelly Osbourne at the 2013 Met Gala

    Kelly Osbourne in Marc Jacobs at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Nicki Minaj at the 2013 Met Gala

    Nicki Minaj in Tommy Hilfiger at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Eddie Redmayne at the 2013 Met Gala

    Eddie Redmayne at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Emilia Clarke at the 2013 Met Gala

    Emilia Clarke at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Kristen Stewart at the 2013 Met Gala

    Kristen Stewart at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Elizabeth Banks at the 2013 Met Gala

    Elizabeth Banks at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Lena Dunham and Erdem at the 2013 Met Gala

    Lena Dunham and Erdem at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Alicia Keys at the 2013 Met Gala

    Alicia Keys at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Michelle Williams at the 2013 Met Gala

    Michelle Williams at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Olivia Wilde at the 2013 Met Gala

    Olivia Wilde at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Jennifer Lopez at the 2013 Met Gala

    Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Jessica Biel at the 2013 Met Gala

    Jessica Biel at the 2013 Met Gala.

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  • Claire Danes at the 2013 Met Gala

    Claire Danes at the 2013 Met Gala.

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Fashion heavy hitters and Hollywood's finest were in attendance for the 2013 Met Gala Monday night in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- some dressed in their best interpretations of punk -- for the annual Costume Institute Benefit ball.

For an event nicknamed the "Oscars of the East Coast," the outside of the Met was a swarm of photographers and spectators, whose frenzied flashes nearly blinded the guests as they ascended the grand steps.

Everyone from Beyonce to Vivienne Westwood to Lena Dunham was in attendance for the Met Gala, some dressed in punk garb for the event hosted by co-chairs Rooney Mara, Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo.

The theme for 2013 was punk ahead of the Met’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit, which opens on Thursday. The exhibition documents punk’s presence on the runway since the days of the Sex Pistols, Blondie and Vivienne Westwood to its continuing influence today. The exhibit has seven galleries with 100 designs for men and women, music videos and audio. “Punk: Chaos to Couture” opens for the general public on Thursday and runs until Aug. 14.

This year, many of the fashion glitterati traded their formal wear for safety pins, spikes and mohawks. Among them were Miley Cyrus in a black fishnet Marc Jacobs dress, Elle and Dakota Fanning in edgy Rodarte dresses, Kerry Washington in a purple and leather Vera Wang dress and Sarah Jessica Parker in an ornate Giles gown with a giant Philip Treacy hat and custom Christian Louboutin boots to match. Anne Hathaway, wearing vintage Valentino, was inspired by punk icon Debbie Harry to dye her natually dark hair blonde and, according to the Oscar winner, she may just keep it that way.

Speaking of Debbie Harry, the Blondie singer showed up looking like a 1980's version of herself in a studded jacket, spiked shoes, feathered headpiece, accordion skirt and see-through top. Another illustrious singer who showed up in her best punk uniform was Madonna in Riccardo Tisci, wearing a tartan dress with fishnet and chain-detailing, thigh high stockings, a black wig and pink pumps. Queen of the post-modern punk movement Gwen Stefani got extra-glam for the night in Margiela, which for this red carpet stunner, is a brazen, punk move. Most surprising, though, was Gisele Bundchen, who was caght throwing down punk moves all night. The Brazilian beauty donned Anthony Vacarello as she flashed her best interpretation of the signs of the horns.

But of course, not all celebrities played along with the theme. Anna Wintour, who wore a pink flowered Chanel dress, said on the red carpet, "The color of punk is pink, that's why I'm wearing pink." I'm not so sure about that, but honestly, who is to argue with Anna Wintour?

Moving on…

Another confusing "Is it punk?" moment happened when Katy Perry strolled the red carpet alongside designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana wearing a creation from their Spring 2013 collection. Was the crown she paired with the gilded dress punk or poser?

Kate Upton certainly did not pull out her punk threads for the evening, though she did look stellar in a mint green Diane von Furstenberg gown paired with a clock-shaped purse. Katie Holmes also didn't play along in her white Calvin Klein gown, though if an expertly tattered train is punk, then I stand corrected. Meanwhile, Ashley Olsen interpreted "punk" as an opportunity to wear a neon orange sari, which was apparently vintage Dior and not from her own collection, The Row. Then there was Gwyneth Paltrow in a pink Valentino Couture gown, who said going "totally classic on a punk night" is actually punk. It seems fellow Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, who wore a black Dior gown with a simple lace veil, got the same memo. After all, she did say she was a "cheerleader" type in her high school days rather than a punk.

Someone who certainly did not look punk, but rather likely engaged in some mischievous activities in order to score an invite, was uber-pregnant Kim Kardashian. While her Riccardo Tisci gown gave us deja vu of Adele's at the 2013 Grammys and screamed more "bad sofa" than "Bad Religion" (it raised a "red flag" rather than a "Black Flag," a real "Clash" on the red carpet, pick your pun), to even attend (after she was reportedly snubbed an invite from Wintour) is slightly punk in and of itself.

Some ladies skipped the sartorial influence altogether and instead opted for punk adornments, like Ivanka Trump, who dyed strands of her hair green for the occasion to match her green Juan Carlos Obando dress. Nicole Richie followed suit and dyed her hair ghostly white to match her Topshop gown for the evening, while Karlie Kloss pulled the polar opposite, dying her hair black. Ginnifer Goodwin ditched her usual pretty makeup for a look resembling a hooligan, which paired well with her sequined Tory Burch dress. January Jones did the same with heavy eye makeup and a faux hawk to balance her sequined Chanel dress.

Then there was vbeauté CEO Julie Macklowe, who pulled off the trifecta of punk fashion: pink hair, punk accessories and a studded gown by Zang Toi. After all, the theme of the night was to mix "chaos" with "couture," right?

What did you think of the punk fashions for the 2013 Met gala? Any best- or worst-dressed nominees stand out in your mind? Check out the photos in the slideshow then sound off in the comments below.

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