Costume Institute Red Carpet

Honoring McQueen on the Red Carpet

Anna Wintour
(All photos: Randy Brooke)

Attendees on the red carpet at last night’s Costume Institute Benefit opted for intricately designed and dramatic outfits that paid homage Alexander McQueen’s legacy.

Jennifer Lopez

Fewer guests than one would have expected wore McQueen because many of his pieces are archived. Sarah Jessica Parker and her date Andy Cohen, VP of Programming at Bravo, were some of the lucky few who were able to wear McQueen’s designs. Parker wore a beaded floor length gown from McQueen’s archives, which as a result she was not allowed to modify at all. Luckily, it fit perfectly. Of McQueen, Parker simply said that she “adored him” and felt honored to have known him.


Honorary Chair Salma Hayek wore one of the evening’s most lovely McQueen creations. She walked the carpet in a nude dress that was simultaneously curve hugging and flowy. The dress highlighted McQueen’s talents in artistry and designing for the female figure.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Designer of the moment, Sarah Burton, did indeed attend wearing a romantic and whimsical white McQueen design. In contrast, Giselle Bundchen arrived in a flame red McQueen gown with a dramatic pleated long train that accentuated her figure while featuring intricate detail.

L’ Wren Scott & Mick Jagger

Many other guests also demonstrated their love of McQueen’s attention to detail in outfits from other designers. Crystal Reen, who praised McQueen’s silhouettes and shapes, wore a black ruffled dress, with a full skirt, from similarly dramatic designer Zac Posen. Beyonce Knowles also wore black, opting for a floor length Pucci gown with gold embroidery. Doutzen Kroes walked the carpet in a head turning red dress with a faint polka dot design on the skirt.  Also worth mentioning was Jennifer Lopez’s striking fuschia Gucci dress with floral sleeves.

Kate Hudson

The museum celebrated McQueen’s Scottish heritage by positioning men in tartan kilts and sashes at the foot of the red carpet to greet guests. A few male guests chose to wear tartan plaid as well. Marc Jacobs wore a red tartan plaid Comme de Garcons kilt. Rock legend Paul McCartney wore a green tartan blazer.

Jessica Stam

Although the evening was all about McQueen, co-chair Stella McCartney was one of the most popular designers at the event. Speaking of the Costume Institute’s Exhibit, Stella McCartney said the exhibit “reflects him (McQueen) well.” She chose a gorgeous black dress of her own creation for the night. Her dress was particularly note worthy because of its sculpted bodice and skirt, and a hem that turned upwards in the back to reveal the dress’ white lining.

Christina Ricci

Other McCartney fans included Iman, Rihanna, and Madonna. Iman wore a shimmery gold jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and flared pant legs. Rihanna stunned the crowd in a black lace flamenco inspired dress with an eye popping sheer cutout down the entire right side of the dress. Madonna wore a glamorous teal dress, inspired by old Hollywood, and embellished with silver stars on the back and along the train. When asked how McQueen would have handled all the attention his clothing received at the gala, Madonna joked that he “would have said something politically incorrect.”

Oscar de la Renta & Penelope Cruz

We will never know what McQueen’s response would have been, but it is hard to imagine that he would not have been pleased by the overwhelming support he received last night.

– Caroline Erb-Medina



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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