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2012 Met Costume Institute Gala

Metropolitan Museum of Art. May 7, 2012. By Jenni Avins

Is there anyone here who you’re dying to talk to? “Yes! I’m sitting with Lena Dunham, who created Girls, and I love that show, so I’m very excited to meet her.” Do you have a favorite Girls scene? “It’s all too rude to say!” —BEE SHAFFER with ANNA WINTOUR (Getty Images)

MIUCCIA PRADA (Getty Images)

Can you tell us about your outfit? “It’s just a lace dress.” Did you make it for tonight? “No, no. It’s just something I picked up a couple of months ago.” —MARC JACOBS

CAREY MULLIGAN

HAMISH BOWLES

Do you get nervous for the Met Gala? “The only part I’m nervous for is this part, the red carpet. Once I get inside, it’s like a high-school reunion with all the other models. We don’t get to see each other like we used to, so we get to talk about who’s getting married and who’s having babies.” —COCO ROCHA

OLIVIER THEYSKENS AND CAROLINE TRENTINI (Getty Images)

HAILEE STEINFELD (Getty Images)

Julie, when did you dye your hair pink? “I did it last night. I love it. It’s 50 shades of pink, right? Sort of fabulous.” —CHRIS BENZ AND JULIE MACKLOWE

CAROLYN MURPHY

BEYONCé KNOWLES (Getty Images)

Is there anyone here who you’re dying to talk to? “Mrs. Prada. My first campaign was at Miu Miu when I was 17, so she’s someone I’ve wanted to talk to for a long time.” —CAMILLA BELLE

ALEXA CHUNG

CHANEL IMAN

Schiaparelli is relaunching. Which designer do you think should run it? “Olivier Theyskens would be good!” —LISA AIRAN

DOUTZEN KROES AND ROLAND MOURET (Getty Images)

CANDICE SWANEPOEL

Are there any dead famous people you’d like to talk to? “I want to talk to Diana Vreeland and ask her about celebrities. And what she thinks about all this ‘personal style.’ [Makes finger quotes.]” —STEFANO TONCHI (Getty Images)

MIA WASIKOWSKA (Getty Images)

ALICIA KEYS AND SWIZZ BEATZ

Where did you shoot the videos for the exhibit? “I made the little film a little bit here at the Carlyle and quite a lot in Australia, because I’m making Gatsby there.” —BAZ LUHRMANN (Getty Images)

ABBIE CORNISH (Getty Images)

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG (Getty Images)

How long did it take you to get ready tonight? “Hours. I was just sweating over it.” What part took you the longest? Was it the hair? “Just putting on the watch. I just kept admiring myself.” —HARVEY WEINSTEIN (Getty Images)

DANIEL RADCLIFFE AND ROSE HEMINGWAY

TOBEY MAGUIRE AND JENNIFER MEYER (Getty Images)

Are you going to be able to dance tonight, with your knee injury? “I’ll figure it out.” Brooke Shields brought her cane. “Oh, she did have a cane! Ah, I could have had my cane. That would have been better.” —DONNA KARAN

LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO

ANDRE BALAZS AND CHELSEA HANDLER (Getty Images)

How long did it take you to get ready tonight? “To get dressed, nothing. Hair and makeup took a lot. Like two hours.” —DONATELLA VERSACE (Getty Images)

KARLIE KLOSS AND JASON WU

GIOVANNA BATTAGLIA (Getty Images)

Tell us about your outfit. “I am wearing a Schiaparelli replica that I made myself. I replicated a couple of them, but this was my favorite.” —NICOLE MILLER (Getty Images)

JOURDAN DUNN (Getty Images)

CAROLINE SIEBER (Getty Images)

How long did it take you to get ready tonight? “It took me about five minutes, but my hair took longer.” How long does your hair take, on average? “Not too long, actually. It’s been the way I’ve had it for a long time. I do it all by myself.” —DONALD TRUMP (Getty Images)

LESLIE BIBB

LIYA KEBEDE

What happens to this dress after tonight? “It goes to my couture closet.” —MELANIA TRUMP

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