There’s never a shortage of dramatic, entrance making looks at The Met’s annual Costume Institute Gala, yet even still this year’s event — held in honor of Anglo-American couturier Charles James — saw the attendees dialing up the drama to stunning new levels. That seems fitting, given that James is best known for his masterfully engineered evening gowns, and in paying homage to the designer there were a plethora of mile-wide ballgowns and exaggerated trains on the red carpet. Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing custom Oscar de la Renta, was the first to arrive in true Jamesian style, finishing her striking black and white ballgown with white evening gloves and a stunning updo. Supermodel Karen Elson also opted for a full skirted silhouette, wearing a blush pink satin Zac Posen creation. Also wearing Zac Posen, Dita Von Teese looked stunning in a structured nude mermaid silhouette trimmed in crimson at the hem, a callback to James’ iconic “Clover” dress. Other standout looks included Lupita N’Yongo in a bejeweled and feathered emerald green flapper dress custom made by Prada, Beyonce in a black beaded Givenchy gown paired with a dark lip and a veil, Charlize Theron in a graphic black, white and navy Christian Dior column paired with a men’s tuxedo jacket and Rihanna in a midriff-baring white two piece ensemble from Stella McCartney.

Be sure to click through above to see all of Viral Fashion’s favorite’s from the night!