Nicknamed the Oscars of the East Coast, the Costume Institute Gala, known colloquially as the Met Ball, took place earlier this month to celebrate the annual opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion exhibit. With Vogue as its host, the ball promised to be a spectacular occasion and is considered by many to be the red carpet event for the fashion world. With celebrities, starlets and anyone who’s anyone on the fashion circuit in attendance, this year’s Met Ball showcased a glittering display of high class glamour and chic style to celebrate the launch of the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations show. Plus size clothing brand Curvissa take a look at some of the best dressed celebrities from 2012’s ‘Night of Nights.’

Beyonce

Whilst some are of the opinion that Beyonce’s show stealing dress revealed a touch too much of her bootylicious derriere, we think the new mum struck gold with this seductively chic Givenchy gown. The figure hugging number clung to her coveted curves and fitted her peachy behind to perfection, whilst simultaneously making a fashion statement and remaining effortlessly stylish. The sheer black lace gown came complete with a purple feathered train, which the singer complemented with minimal accessories and a slick ponytail.

Emily Blunt

Star of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Emily Blunt stepped out in a stunning and on-trend coral floor-length gown. Looking demure and ladylike she finished the look off perfectly with a tiny silver clutch bag and simple earrings.

Solange Knowles

Beyonce’s younger sister Solange lost nothing to big sis in the style stakes by wowing all in a bright yellow strapless Rachel Roy gown. It wasn’t just the singer / actress who rocked bright, bold, block colours as many celebs choose to keep it simple and bright with one of this season’s must have trends.

Carey Mulligan

Leading the list of best dressed celebs was actress Carey Mulligan, who sparkled in a Prada gown adorned with thousands of shimmer pailettes. The gold fish scale dress heralded the return of the metallic trend to the fashion spotlight and cemented the young actress as one to watch on the style circuit. Acting as honorary co-chair at the event, Mulligan even gave photographers a shy flash of her wedding ring following her recent nuptials to Mumford & Sons singer, Marcus Mumford.

Scarlett Johansson

Dressed in a sparkling fishtailed Dolce & Gabbana gown teamed with a pair of Christian Louboutin heels, Scarlett Johansson added a touch of old school Hollywood glamour to the proceedings, a look which she has perfected over the years. The incredibly feminine and intricately detailed dress clung to Johansson’s every curve before flaring at the knee in a flare of delicate mesh fabric. With all that detail in the dress, the actress made the wise choice to keep her neck and shoulders bare, creating a sexy but chic look and highlighting her enviable cleavage.