The Metropolitan Costume Institute Gala is known for its impressive celebrity guest list and Monday night's bash, which celebrated Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, was the most star-studded one yet.
And while the red carpet was a sea of stunning designer gowns, a few A-listers stood out in truly memorable looks.
Jessica Alba wore the night's most popular -- and flashiest hue -- stepping out in a gold Michael Kors gown.
Scarlett Johansson went all out in a strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown with a tulle mermaid skirt and embroidered bodice.
Newlywed Carey Mulligan, who was one of the event's chairwomen, dazzled in a sequined silver-and-gold Prada halter design.
Nina Dobrev made her first Met Gala appearance in a black and gold silk chiffon Donna Karan Atelier gown with an elegant train and accessorized with H. Stern earrings.
Beyonce showed off her incredible post-baby body in a sheer black embroidered Givenchy Haute Couture gown with a purple ombre feathered train.
Emma Stone wore a custom red Lanvin above-the-knee dress hand embroidered with crystal flowers.
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Met Costume Gala 2012: Best Dressed Stars