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Costume versus fashion

Published:Monday | May 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM
I'm confused by Christina Ricci in this Thakoon design. And trust me it's even more confusing from the front. Guess I don't know much about art. - AP photos
Rachel Welsh of Florence and the Machine has a voice to die for but has never really got it right on the red carpet. At first her Alexander McQueen outfit was frightening but you can't deny the work of art it is.
It may be the angle but Lea Michele looks stunning in this Diane von Furstenberg gown.
Can Jessica Alba do any wrong? She looks like a golden goddess in this Michael Kors design.
Elizabeth Banks can't decide if she wants to channel her inner bo peep or little red riding hood in this Mary Katrantzou design.
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Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle coordinator

Right up there with the Oscars, for the east coast the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala is the red carpet event of the year.

On Monday everyone donned their most fashion-forward outfits and stepped out to make a statement. This year's gala was to celebrate the designs of Italian women: Miuccia Prada, and the late Elsa Schiaparelli. With such household names it's the fashion event of the year.

I am usually hard on celebrities on the red carpet for reasons that I've outlined before (they put themselves up to it and with seemingly unlimited resources they have no excuse). And though my jaw fell a few times when I saw what some persons wore to the gala, this time a different approach has to be used. This is the time (the only time) when any-thing goes and you can be as outlandish as you wish and wear almost anything you feel like.

It's a universally agreed fact that fashion is art. And when you are going to an event that has the word costume in it how can you go wrong? Well stranger things have happened in Hollywood so I will let you judge for yourselves what pieces were works of art, plain ordinary or totally confusing.