NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Frank Ocean were among the celebrities to embrace the punk theme at Monday night's Met gala, the fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that's affectionately known as "the party of the year." But Beyonce, the event's honorary chairwoman, seemed the girl on fire on the red carpet that might rival the Oscars in celebrity wattage.
Wearing a flame-motif gown with long gloves and a long train by Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Beyonce was one of the last arrivals, following in the studded heel footsteps of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lopez.
Beyonce was already thinking ahead, though, wondering if she'd need scissors at the end of the night to get out of the corset.
Many stars embraced the big Costume Institute exhibit they were there to celebrate: "Punk: From Chaos to Couture." Beyonce's co-chairs for the event included Tisci, who escorted Rooney Mara, who wore a white lace gown with exaggerated shoulders and a heavy-hardware zip front.
Mara said she never went through a punk fashion phase but "I was definitely a punk."
Tisci also dressed Kim Kardashian (joined by beau Kanye West), who has seen much of her maternity wardrobe reviewed — almost always negatively — on social media on a daily basis. The online critics have more fodder with her floral-print, high-neck gown.
In a more classic style — but likely tabloid fodder anyway — were Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, walking the red carpet as a couple.
The Met gala traditionally mixes Hollywood stars, fashion designers and top models. It's largely orchestrated by Anna Wintour, Vogue's editor-in-chief. She wore a hot-pink floral Chanel gown, which she said is a color that symbolizes the punk movement.
The edgy theme could have thrown some people off their fashion game. "I think (punk) is so eclectic and so original and maybe it sort of represents what's very fearless about fashion."
Other fashion statements:
—Swift: form-fitting J. Mendel black silk crepe gown with black lace insert and a heavily embellished metallic crystal neckline. It was one of many looks that was to be made almost immediately available through the website Moda Operandi. (These are bona fide, designer gowns, not knockoffs.)
—Lawrence: strapless black with a slim belt by Christian Dior's Raf Simons.
—Perry: beaded Dolce & Gabbana dress with a "Joan of Arc" vibe — complete with crown.