The 2011 Costume Institute Gala Is Here

Lily Donaldson in Erdem, with the designer

>> It's officially Costume Institute Gala time, and this year it's all about Alexander McQueen — which means plenty of McQueen dresses are going to be running around on the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, and Daphne Guinness. Anna Wintour, for her part, chose not to break her Costume Institute Gala Chanel couture streak — now five years running — with a McQueen frock; same goes for daughter Bee Shaffer, who chose Balenciaga instead. Rumor was swirling pre-red carpet arrivals that Wintour had Kate Middleton's McQueen wedding dress flown in for tonight's gala — but we'll have to wait and see: neither Wintour nor Sarah Burton are expected to give red carpet interviews.

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