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2009 Costume Institute Gala Benefit

Annual gala celebrates 'The Model as Muse" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Gisele Bündchen in Versace and Finn

Gisele Bündchen in Versace and Finn.

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From Twiggy and Beverly Johnson to Agyness Deyn and Sasha Pivovarova, models strutted their stuff at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala on Monday for “The Model As Muse” exhibit — and that’s to say nothing of the high-wattage celebs like Madonna, Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham and Renée Zellweger who attended. Though the weather was wet, suffice it to say no one wore a raincoat.

“My hair’s underneath here somewhere,” said Kate Moss in a custom gold lamé turban and dress by her co-host Marc Jacobs and Harry Winston jewelry.


See the red carpet video


There’s nothing like a museum full of supermodels to get a party started. The men had a lot to look at, and the women had a lot to look up to. At times, literally.
“I’m 6’ 5” in heels,” said Gisele Bündchen with new husband Tom Brady.

Even the fashion folk — more than familiar with statuesque women in designer gowns — were enjoying the eye candy and the engaging “The Model As Muse” exhibit.


See the 'Model as Muse' exhibit


“A good model is inspiring,” said Alber Elbaz, a sentiment many of his peers echoed. Of course, the designers weren’t the only guests who know these ladies’ stats.

“He’s a model expert,” Melania Trump said of her husband, Donald. Can you blame him? After all, as Russell Simmons put it, “Actresses are too difficult.”