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PHOTOS: Stars at the 2015 Met Gala red carpet in New York

Rihanna arrives at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museums latest exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass May 4, 2015 in New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

NEW YORK – Rihanna took the red carpet Monday at the Met Gala in a fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three wranglers.

And a little pink mini-dress underneath. Oh, and a tiara of sorts.

As a latecomer, Rihanna had the grand staircase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art all to herself for her big entrance in the ensemble by Chinese designer Guo Pei.

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Deep reds and shimmery golds dominated as the multitudes of invited celebrities embraced this year’s inspiration: the massive Met exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass,” a lavish look at fashion from the East through the ages.

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Amal Clooney and George Clooney. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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Beyonce. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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Joshua Jackson (L) and Diane Kruger. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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Alicia Keys and Jean Paul Gaultier. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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Miley Cyrus (L) and Zoe Kravitz. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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Kris Jenner. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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President and CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

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Anna Wintour wore an orange and red floral couture gown from Chanel in keeping with the theme as she walked up the stairs to kick off the gala that raises millions for her museum namesake: the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

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Anna Wintour Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating China: Through the Looking Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Erik Pendzich/REX Shutterstock

The Vogue chief and doyenne of the fashion industry was followed on the red carpet by the stunning Chinese actress Gong Li, who offered a girlish tilt of her head as she waved in a deep red velvet gown with black lace and a fan design.

Kim Kardashian most certainly embraced the evening’s vibe — in a revealing, low-cut gown with an East motif done by Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli, the designer’s first for the house.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit . TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Little sis Kendall Jenner opted for Calvin Klein, sparkling in green with sexy laces on each side.

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Kendall Jenner Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating China: Through the Looking Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, America; May 4, 2015. Photo by Richard Young/REX Shutterstock

Sarah Jessica Parker, who made a splash on the red carpet last year in a custom Oscar de la Renta, donned a fiery head piece with long side tassels that towered high above her black, one-shoulder gown with a long flower-adorned train. There was quilting down one side that separated into a high slit.

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Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2015 in New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Also fiery: Jennifer Lopez in a jaw-dropping red Versace with side panels that left little to the imagination.

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Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Image

Anne Hathaway shimmered in a sleek hooded body-skimmer from Ralph Lauren in keeping with the theme.

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Anne Hathaway arrives at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2015 in New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Katie Holmes, in a temporary bob, took Zac Posen’s arm in one of his designs, a sparkly blue gown with cutouts at the back.

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Katie Holmes arrives at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2015 in New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

From Balmain, Justin Bieber showed up in a black jacket slithering with gold dragons.

Justin Bieber arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

You can vote for your favourite looks at ET Canada.

Associated Press reporters Jocelyn Noveck and Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.

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