May 18, 2015 12:00 PM

2015 Met Gala

The Best & Boldest Looks!

THIS YEAR’S COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA THEME (‘CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS’) WAS A TRICKY ONE. BUT THESE STARS WERE MORE THAN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE

RIHANNA

The singer’s massive Guo Pei Haute Couture design required three handlers to help carry it up the museum steps. “It’s handmade by one Chinese woman,” she said on the red carpet. “It took two years to make.”

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

“I think it’s going to take 45 to 46 fittings,” the evening’s cohost said in March of her mixed-media Dior Haute Couture look that she paired with dazzling Cartier jewels.

JENNIFER LOPEZ

Coming up with creative ways to show some skin is easy for the star, whose custom Atelier Versace illusion dress depicted a dragon wrapping around her body.

KERI RUSSELL

Deep emerald and blue iridescent feathers adorned the actress’s plunging side-slit bespoke Altuzarra gown, giving her the appearance of an elegant bird of paradise.

KATE HUDSON

The star complemented her glitzy stretch-tulle Michael Kors gown with a Lorraine Schwartz hair accessory. “She is a golden girl,” the designer said. “How could she not be in a golden dress?”

SARAH JESSICA PARKER

In case her status as Queen of the Met Ball needed to be solidified, she collaborated on a flaming Philip Treacy headpiece to go with her poppy-embroidered H&M gown.

ANNE HATHAWAY

This hooded custom Ralph Lauren Collection lamé gown is made of fabric milled in Italy from real metal fibers. “I actually feel weirdly confident in it,” she said. “There’s something protective about it.”

ALLISON WILLIAMS

“She saw it for the first time on Saturday”—just two days before the ball!—stylist Cristina Ehrlich tells People of this Giambattista Valli Haute Couture piece. “But it was perfect.”

Most Stylish Couples

THESE GLAMOROUS DUOS WERE MATCHES MADE IN HIGH-FASHION HEAVEN

BEYONCÉ in custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci.

JAY Z in custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.

OLIVIA WILDE & JASON SUDEIKIS in Prada.

CHRISSY TEIGEN in custom St. John Knits.

JOHN LEGEND in Gucci Made to Order.

KIM KARDASHIAN-WEST & KANYE WEST in custom Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas.

AMAL CLOONEY in Maison Margiela ‘Artisanal.’

GEORGE CLOONEY in Giorgio Armani Made to Measure.

Behind the Dress

The Making of a Met Gala Moment

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CREATION OF KENDALL JENNER’S CUSTOM CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION GOWN

EXCLUSIVE People EXCLUSIVE

GODDESS IN GREEN

The gown took just over a month to assemble. “We only showed Kendall one option—the perfect one!” reveals Costa. “The color was really the starting point for this piece. I wanted it to resemble jade, which to me is very emblematic of China [the gala’s theme].”

SULTRY SIDE VIEW

“The lace-up detail makes the dress more delicate and emphasizes Kendall’s amazing shape,” the brand’s women’s creative director Francisco Costa tells PEOPLE.

STUNNING STITCHING

Cylindrical beads “were woven into a base of mesh to create a three-dimensional pattern,” Costa says. Smoke-colored crystals were individually sewn on top.

‘WE WANTED HER TO FEEL LUXURIOUS, SEXY AND CONFIDENT’

—FRANCISCO COSTA

THE BUGLE BEADS ARE HAND-DYED

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