What Your Favorite Met Dresses Look Like As Art

By now, you've probably seen about a thousand photos from last night's Met Ball. You've read ad nauseam about the event's best- and worst-dressed. There was no shortage of high-impact gowns paying tribute to Charles James, the American designer honored in the Met's new exhibition. And, just because we couldn't see these outfits in the flesh, that doesn't mean we can't be excellent style-stalkers of the occasion. To celebrate the star-studded affair in a fresh way, we enlisted fashion illustrator Katie Rodgers to sketch her favorite moments from the night.
From SJP's dramatic petal dress to Suki Waterhouse's cotton-candy-like confection, Rodgers' illustrations captured the classic, romantic looks that defined this year's theme. The most impressive part? These gestural drawings — rendered in watercolors and garnished with rhinestones — were each created within the span of 10 minutes, using photos that appeared on the #metgala Instagram feed as inspiration.
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Click through for Katie's curation of the night's greatest gowns. It's the perfect way to get yourself pumped for the James exhibition, which opens to the public on May 8.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Rodgers.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words — but we think a lovely sketch is worth even more.
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Karolina Kurkova's sculptural Marchesa is just as swoon-worthy in ink.
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Sarah Jessica Parker's Oscar de la Renta gown was a modern take on James' famous petal dress, and was Rodgers' favorite of the night.
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On this show-stopping dress, the windowpane print is everything.
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Blake Lively, looking like a golden goddess in Gucci.
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Emmy Rossum's floral Carolina Herrera is the perfect excuse to utilize every color on the palette.
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Sarah Silverman was the picture of classy — even if she copped a feel on the red carpet.
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Solange in a sunny Phillip Lim dress.
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Taylor Swift — pretty in pink in Oscar de la Renta.
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Toni Garrn stepped out in a mermaid-shaped Topshop gown.
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Dita Von Teese cuts a killer silhoutte in Zac Posen.
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A bevy of ladies in ball gowns — with Anna Wintour front and center.
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Zoe Saldana is the only person on Earth who can make the baggy shape of this Michael Kors gown work in her favor.
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Move over, Degas; this drawing of Suki Waterhouse in a Burberry design wouldn't look out of place hanging at the Met itself.
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Colors galore!
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Three's a trend.
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The fabled stairs of the Met.
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