Considered the best social ticket in New York, celebs from the East and West coasts converged for the annual glittering fundraiser on May 3rd. This year, Oprah Winfrey co-chaired the event with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and the Gap's Patrick Robinson. "I've heard about this (ball) for years," Winfrey said on the red carpet. "This is a dream come true for me." The gala kicked off the Costume Institute exhibit "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity," which runs from Wednesday to August 15 at the Met.
NYTimes Slideshow of the Gala's red carpet