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When supermodels rocked!

May 5, 2009 16:29 IST
Israeli model Bar Refaeli

So there's a worldwide recession? Apparently, America's uber-elite glitterati crowd hasn't noticed yet. On Monday night, in New York City, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala -- considered the most glamorous, expensive and fashion-focused party on the planet -- there was nary an empty seat in the house.

When supermodels rocked!

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

This, when the cheapest plate in the place went for Rs 3.7 lakhs! And the most expensive table? Reportedly in the neighbourhood of Rs 1 crore. Talk about fine dining.

When supermodels rocked!

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Anne Hathaway

Hosted by Vogue magazine editor and fashion industry bigwig Anna Wintour, the event this year served as the kickoff to 'The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion' exhibit, which will be on display at the MET through August.

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Jessica Alba

The exhibit has been designed to highlight the iconic supermodels of the 20th century, and how said supermodels epitomised their epochs. For the paparazzi, the event was a dream made in heaven.

When supermodels rocked!

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife model Gisele Bundchen

For starters, super-hot singer Rihanna, who recently suffered a breakup over the alleged abuse of her boyfriend Chris Brown, made a triumphant return to the red carpet, wearing a stunning a Dolce and Gabbana suit and tie.

When supermodels rocked!

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Fashion designer  Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss

That's not to mention Kate Moss was co-chairing the event, alongside the ever dapper and always sexy pop star Justin Timberlake and pre-eminent designer Marc Jacobs. Ms Moss, in one of Jacobs' creations -- backless, one-shouldered gold lame mini dress with a matching turban - proved that sometimes all that glitters really is gold.

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Victoria Beckham

And the celebrities kept coming: Victoria Beckham in pink polka dots, Madonna wearing Louis Vuitton bunny ears, Jessica Alba looking lovely and Hollywood heroines Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler looking glam as usual.

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Elizabeth Hurley

Of the nearly 100 top models hand, some of the more recognisable names included Gisele Bundchen and Cindy Crawford, who mixed up happily with Donatella Versace and Carolina Herrera.

When supermodels rocked!

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Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler

Rumour has it, however, that there was a bit of a model revolt surrounding the event. The who's who of the fashion industry took note on Monday when, hours before the event, Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell announced they would not attend, following complaints from the Paris designer Azzedine Alaa that he wasn't allowed to exhibit his work as part of the collection.

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Amber Rose and Kanye West

Other attendees included mega-mogul Donald Trump, Kate Bosworth, Bruce Willis, Anne Hathaway, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Gisele's husband NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Eva Longoria and famed 1970's model Twiggy, to name a few. 

When supermodels rocked!

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Madonna
Madonna, whose trying for adotion, was seen in a creation by Louis Vuitton.

When supermodels rocked!

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Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
Actress Eva Longoria and her husband, NBA player Tony Parker strike a pose.

When supermodels rocked!

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Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford looks stunning in this gown by Versace.

When supermodels rocked!

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Iman
Model Iman makes a stunning entrance in this pale sheath of a dress.

When supermodels rocked!

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Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes strikes a coy pose as she arrives at the event.