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What to wear to a gala event

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July 31, 2016

The annual Met Gala event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is one of fashion’s most prestigious and fashionable red carpet events. Each year, celebrities and models alike showcase stunning designs and ensembles enough to make even the not-so-fashion obsessed swoon.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be an A-lister to have your own head-turning gala event dress. Whether you have been invited to a gala dinner, a charity ball or a prestigious social event, you can easily replicate the best Met Gala dresses with the help of the team at GlamCorner and our selection of top looks inspired by the 2016Met Gala.

1. Maria Sharapova’s Red Met Gala Dress

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Maria Sharapova attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova was a vision in red! The Russian beauty wore a stunning red slip dress by Colombian designer Juan Carlos Obando who is known for his romantic, Latin-inspired dresses. “I love the feel of a simple, beautiful, altered slip dress, and this felt like a new take on a classic,” Sharapova told “This was the very first dress I tried on, but it was black. We wanted it to be more vibrant, and [Obando’s] red palette really popped.” You can recreate Maria’s vibrant gala dress with this gown from Constance Gown by Likely NYC. Team it with statement gold earrings like Maria, or go classically demure with a side swept hairstyle and loose waves.

2. Nicole Kidman’s Caped Gown

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Nicole Kidman’s Alexander McQueen dress was a show stopper! Replicate the moonscape-inspired pattern of Nicole’s dress with this gorgeous AE'LKEMI gown, which features embellished sequins that mimic the night sky. A detailed dress like this requires hair and makeup to be more understated; you want the dress to do all of the talking! Try a loose chignon and a pair of these pearl earrings.

3. Gigi Hadid’s Modern Chic Dress

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Model Gigi Hadid took on a contemporary spin on old school glamour with this Tommy Hilfiger dress.“My inspiration came from modern machinery fused with Old Hollywood glamour,” Hilfiger told “We looked at nostalgic, feminine pieces from our most recent Fall 2016 collection and then reimagined them with a futuristic spin.” For a modern twist on the classic ball gown, try out this gorgeous floor-length dress by Camilla and Marc. With this dress it is all about the neck detail. For formal occasions, we recommend you pair this gala dress with a chic updo and minimal jewelry.

4.  Sienna Miller’s Gold Gown

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Sienna Miller glittered in gold on the red carpet in her Gucci Met Gala dress! Become a golden girl at your next formal occasion in the exquisite Realms Gown by Alice McCall. Featuring glittering embellishments throughout this sweeping gown, you are sure to be the belle of your very own Met Gala Ball! Golds look spectacular on honey-toned skin and olive ladies. For those with a fairer skin tone, look for golds with a more beige or rose tone to make your skin pop!

5. Olivia Wilde’s Column Gown

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Can you believe that Olivia Wilde was hiding a baby bump underneath her Michael Kors column gown? To ooze the same sophistication as this yummy mummy, slip into the stunning Elle Zeitoune black lace gown. Fitted to give a beautiful silhouette, the mermaid style cut is classically feminine and perfect for any black tie or gala event.  Style your hair up into a sleek up-do and pair with statement earrings. For a more ideas on how to style a black dress, read our Little Black Dress Hair & Makeup Tips Blog post.

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