Fine-Feathered Friends

Everyone was on his or her best behavior Monday night at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even the peacocks.

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Alicia Keys in Giorgio Armani.

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Everyone was on his or her best behavior Monday night at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even the peacocks. After trying to escape earlier, a feathered quartet sat watching as the begowned, bejeweled and be-tied throng filed by its enormous gilded cage.

"I grew up with peacocks. They are really loud. I hope they start making noise," said a mischievous Stella McCartney, who brought husband Alasdhair Willis, as well as a dark-haired Amber Valletta and a Betty Boop-style Scarlett Johansson.

McCartney needn't have worried: There was more than enough noise outside, as the paparazzi literally screamed at the celebs to stop and pose. Since that was one of their main reasons for being there, the celebs gladly did. (Of course, the evening also celebrated Paul Poiret and raised money for the Costume Institute — $5.8 million, up from $4.5 million the previous year.)

"That was very nerve-racking," said Kirsten Dunst after ascending the stairs and reaching the safe haven of the museum's Great Hall. "Everyone is so hyper out there."

Little wonder, though, with the Jennifer triumvirate of Lopez, Garner and Connelly all arriving in quick succession, not to mention Cameron Diaz, Julianne Moore, Hilary Swank, Sandra Bullock and the pregnant Salma Hayek, who arrived on the arm of her fiancé, François-Henri Pinault. And that was just one group of stars. The young Hollywood set was there as well, represented by a tough-looking Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, not to mention every socialite, designer and model worth her salt — or, at least, those willing to stump for a ticket or, better yet, lucky enough to have someone do it for them.

"This is my first time at this kind of thing, man," said Kate Bosworth, firmly hand in hand with beau James Rousseau. It was couples night: Gisele Bündchen brought Tom Brady (studiously avoiding the red carpet photogs), Ellen Pompeo stuck close to fiancé Chris Ivery, Naomi Watts hung onto Liev Schreiber, and Jessica Simpson and John Mayer caused a frenzy with the fans outside (Simpson's
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