Sophie Dahl’s black dress had strategic straps holding up her cupped bust. Angie Harmon was in a black taffeta ball gown. Lisa Jackson wore a black lace and satin slip dress cut on the bias by Vera Wang, and Charlize Theron wore black and gold.
Stella McCartney’s dress of her own design was a short, deep burgundy worn with gold shoes and a matching purse. Nan Kempner wore a flowered confection by Valentino — she came with him — and suffered a slight accident. Her train got stepped on more than once, leaving Nan for the moment with a lot more Nan than she cared to show. Arianna von Hohenlohe Boardman wore a claret red ball gown with a black spider motif by her secret Parisian, Raymond Ray, and La Belle Blaine Trump wore a draped pale blush chiffon into which she was literally sewn by the designer, Bill Bull.
Harold Koda, who curated the show of 140 dresses by such past masters of the goddess look as Madame Grès, Fortuny and Charles James, as well as such modern masters as Mary McFadden, Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, was taking well deserved bows.
Tickets to the gala cost a staggering $3,500 each and included a Glorious Foods dinner and a performance by Diana Ross, who arrived at the party in a scarlet chiffon dress and performed her greatest hits in a black one with a hairdo that weighed about 14 pounds and was the same size as the Temple of Dendur.
Around midnight, Nicole gathered up her glittering dress so that no one would step on her train and prepared to leave. When it was suggested that she might want to exit from a side door, she said, "No, let’s go out the front." Meanwhile, Adrien Brody’s mother, the noted photographer Sylvia Plachy, was patiently waiting outside in the great hall for her son to rescue her from the teaming crowd. As he, Nicole and Mother descended the Met’s stairs, Sylvia slipped and fell, rolling down the steps and knocking into Nicole, who tottered on her skyscraper heels but luckily fell into the arms of Adrien, who saved her from falling on her pretty little face in front of all the photographers. Thereby avoiding a very unhappy ending.