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On Monday night, Madonna stood at the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's famed steps, and summed up the scene at this year's Costume Institute Gala.
It's like a Fellini movie, she said, because it's the best and the worst of everything in life.
She would know. By the time she had elevated to the stairs' peak, where VF.com was positioned, the Material Girl was a four-time veteran of the annual event's red carpetthe most competitive in pure fashion standards on any given year. Madge, who was accompanied by music producer Diplo, wore an edgy, black dress by Jeremy Scott for Moschino with the title of her new record, Rebel Heart, on her cape. She may have been onto something with her cinema reference. On the steps below her, wild headpieces, sheer gowns, long capes, and sexy cut-outs dominated the scene. For fashion's biggest night, the ultimate style-setters including Beyoncé, Rihanna,Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway made fantastical grand entrances as they navigated, to varying degrees of commitment, 2015's exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, co-chaired by Jennifer Lawrence, Chinese actress Gong Li, and Vogueeditor Anna Wintour.
I love dressing up for themes, said Parker, who wore a large fiery headdress designed by milliner Philip Treacy and a black one-shoulder dress with a train adorned with vintage materials from Sweden and handmade poppies that she created with H&M. One should really honor the theme and have fun with it and not be too terrified. I feel like this year has been more the case where people are really going for it, and I've seen amazing clothes tonight.
The Sex and the City actress began creating her dress last October and said donning the flashy headgear was easy, breezy in comparison to the mohawk braid she wore to match the gala's punk theme two years ago: This weighs nothing. I can move my head with no problem.
Parker decided to wear the headpiece after seeing large hats featured in Chinese operas and ballets.
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They have these massive, beautiful, intricate headpieces, and I immediately knew I wanted to wear one for tonight's ball, she said.
While Parker, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and designer Tabitha Simmons stepped onto the carpet with ornate headpieces, Hathaway chose a sleek, custom-designed Ralph Lauren gold cap-sleeved evening dress that featured a hood.
I actually feel weirdly confident having a hood over my head, said Hathaway. There's something protective about it. If someone asks me a question I don't like, I can pull down the hoodie and just walk away, she said.
Hathaway opened up her gold clutch and pulled out her iPhone to show a photo of a statue of the Buddha that had sparked her dress idea.
I found a few contemporary Chinese artists that I liked and I sent it over to Ralph Lauren, and this was the one we decided to try to interpret, said Hathaway, who spent a night off from the off-Broadway play Grounded to attend the gala. So we interpreted a Buddha with a hoodie.
Many perennial red-carpet favorites nodded to the China theme in yellow or red. Rihanna's show-stopping yellow Chinese gown by Guo Pei required three wranglers to carry the train.Kristen Wiig wore a flowing, custom-made Prabal Gurung gown, of which she said I've never worn yellow and I've never worn anything with a train, so it's a big risk for me. Kate Hudson wore a Michael Kors-designed open-back gown with gold hand-embroidered paillettes. She's the golden girl, said Kors, who wanted a California twist to his Asian garment. We wanted something that felt like a T-shirt, but with the drama of a train.
Then there were the women in red, or shades of it. Jennifer Lopez stunned in a revealing Versace maroon frock featuring a sequin dragon design. Reese Witherspoon wore a sleeveless, red Jason Wu dress. And Sienna Miller chose a red chiffon fringed-sequin tuxedo by Thakoon. Also arriving in red was Amal Clooney. For her Met Gala debut, she wore a scarlet Maison Margiela gown created specifically for her by John Galliano. To match his wife's chic style, George Clooney wore a classic Giorgio Armani number with a red pocket square.
Claire Danes went in the opposite direction, and chose a dark, emerald green Valentino dress simply because of its color. I thought a lot of people would be wearing red and dragons, and I thought green would counter off that a little bit, she said.