Celebrity looks for less? High-end fashion site Moda Operandi prefers the real deal. They've scored a selection of 2013 Met Costume Institute Gala designer gowns, available for pre-order to those with an extra few thousand dollars to spend at ModaOperandi.com/ChaostoCouture.
"This dress embodies both the punk spirit of the gala and the glam attitude of Balmain," designer Olivier Rousteing says of the Balmain dress worn to the Met Costume Institute Gala by Kate Bosworth; $26,000 at modaoperandi.com.
"What I love about this look is the contrast between the opulence of the molten gold gown and the toughness of the rubber harness-- it strikes the perfect balance," Indre Rockefeller, Moda Operandi director of ready to wear says of this Wes Gordon dress that Constance Jablonski wore to the Met Costume Institute Gala; $35,610 at modaoperandi.com.
"I love the idea of walking through the history of iconic punk injected with high fashion," designer Prabal Gurung said. Emma Watson worn his cut-out gown to the Met Costume Institute Gala; $4,495 at modaoperandi.com.
Indre Rockefeller, Moda Operandi director of ready to wear calls Gisele Bundchen "inspiringly fearless and supremely feminine" in this Anthony Vaccarello dress at the Met Costume Institute Gala; $5,290 at modaoperandi.com.
"This dress is very classical couture, but the graphic lines lend a striking modernity," designer Gilles Mendel says of his J. Mendel dress worn to the Met Costume Institute Gala by Chanel Iman; $5,600 at modaoperandi.com.
"This year's theme has an undeniable energy to it," designer Prabal Gurung said of the Met Costume Institute Gala's punk twist. Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann wore his Taroni double-faced satin gown; $12,495 at modaoperandi.com.
"Olivia's dress has a beautiful sophistication with an edge," Calvin Klein Collection women's creative director Francisco Costa says of the Calvin Klein dress worn to the Met Costume Institute Gala by Olivia Wilde; $10,000 at modaoperandi.com.
Kate Mara wore a strapless Delpozo woolen crepe dress to the Met Costume Institute Gala; $8,500 at modaoperandi.com.
"A new silhouette, rich in lace, organza, and ostrich feathers, accessorized with a punk-inspired bracelet and the "Le Bal" clutch. Carolyn looks cool, elegant and modern," designer Nina Ricci says of her Fall 2013 dress worn to the Met Costume Institute Gala by Carolyn Murphy; $11,000 at modaoperandi.com.
Sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning both wore Rodarte to the Met Costume Institute Gala. Elle's printed tie dye silk satin gown is $5,980 at modaoperandi.com.