The reason we look forward to the Met Ball above all other star-studded events (yes, including the Oscars) is simple: It's the only night that celebrities feel brave enough to turn their sartorial efforts up to eleven, either because of the high-fashion guest list, the Gala's often evocatively nutty themes, or both. But this year's exhibit — American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity — while surely worthwhile, didn't seem likely to inspire the same crazy get-ups as, say, the year they decided to focus on superheroes. Would something so vague quash the urge to don a brave, outlandish, or downright insane outfit, we wondered? We're thrilled to tell you it didn't, and in fact, if these are contenders for our national identities, then you better get cracking on outfitting your clothes with their own electrical plugs. Yes, you read that right. Please click through to see who lit up the room — literally — and find out if your favorite made our list of the ten most wonderfully weird ensembles. (To see our complete Met Gala red carpet slideshow with all 102 looks, click here.)
Most Undead: Kristen Stewart
Here's a suggestion: If you want to branch out from your role in a psychotically beloved vampire franchise, don't show up places wearing something fashioned out of Dracula's old cape and Lestat's downstairs shower curtain. That bodice practically has fangs. Try diversifying.
Worst Pockets: Carey Mulligan
Consider this one of the top arguments against putting anything on a dress that encourages actresses to jam their hands into it. Not only does Carey look woefully underdressed, but she also appears to be wearing giant potholders. All we can say is, those had better be some spectacular crab puffs she's waiting to pull out of the oven.
Most Likely to Pull a Six-shooter Out of Her Petticoat: Maggie Gyllenhaal
This look is Louis Vuitton, but if you'd told us Maggie was starring in a musical about Billy the Kid being costumed by Miss Sixty, we'd believe you (and, let's face it, buy front-row seats).
Most Reliable Outfit: Blake Lively
Blake's willingness to show all but the last inch of her increasingly famous legs counts as one of life's only true constants. It would be reassuring, if we weren't busy worrying that she's gunning for a role in Avatar II: Pandora's Box.
Most Likely to Light Up Your Life (Sorry): Katy Perry
Come on. The woman's wearing a dress that literally lights up. You can't expect us to resist the easy pun. In all honesty, though, while wearing the sartorial version of a Lite Brite is obviously totally crazy, this is actually kind of fun. It's appropriately whimsical for Perry's persona without also involving her arriving dressed as some kind of fruit. In her case, this is a victory.
Best Visual Aid Supporting Going Up a Size: Padma Lakshmi
Top Chef host and new baby mama Padma is obviously enjoying her curvaceous, post-birth body — as well she should, because it looks great. We know, because we can see nearly every detail of it in this too-tight, terribly wrinkled satin number. For such a classy event, a little mystery would not have gone awry. And we're not even going to speculate about what's happening with those boob feathers.
Smurfiest: Vera Farmiga
Listen, even Papa Smurf has needs. And in his heyday, we're pretty sure he went to Vera's House of Ill Repute to satisfy them.
The First Annual "It Worked Better On Zoe Saldana" Award: Rosario Dawson
This might have been more successful had the color and texture of the skirt not been faintly reminiscent of the Avatar star's memorable purple Oscar dress. Also, while we appreciate the effort it took to shrink- and gift-wrap her boobs, just looking at the how snug this bodice is makes us need to breathe into a paper bag.
Most Chloë Sevigny–esque: Chloë Sevigny
Because who else would look at her invite to the Met Gala and think, "Finally! I've been just waiting for an excuse to wear that sheer lace turquoise backless turtleneck minidress"?
Best Attempt at Comedy: Tina Fey
Because she is kidding us with this, right? Although it might also be Best Brain Wave, because everything Tina wears after this is going to look so unequivocally awesome in comparison that she'll never end up on the Worst Dressed list again. See? Tina Fey is a genius.
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