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  • 6 May 2014, 17:01

Obama Praises Wintour Before Glittering Met Gala

Michelle Obama paid tribute to fashion legend Anna Wintour before one of the biggest events in New York's social calendar.

The First Lady cut the ribbon at the Metropolitan Museum's new costume centre, which has been named after the American Vogue editor.

Mrs Obama, who was wearing a forest-green silk dress, told the star-studded crowd: "I'm here today because of Anna.

"I'm here because I'm so impressed by Anna's contributions not just to the fashion industry, but to the many causes she shares and cares about, particularly this great American museum."

She added: "This centre is for anyone who is curious about fashion and how it impacts our culture and our history. And we know that that curiosity is out there."

After the ceremony designers and guests toured the centre's first exhibit, which features the work of influential mid-20th century American couturier Charles James.

The white tie request for men attending the annual Costume Institute Gala, which raises money for the museum and is hosted by Wintour, was in keeping with the theme of that exhibit.

Last year's event had a punk theme, but this time around it was all about classic glamour as stars from Hollywood and the fashion industry treaded the red carpet.

There were flowing gowns aplenty and some men even brought top hats.

Guests included Beyonce and Jay Z, Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and the Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.

David and Victoria Beckham caught the eye with matching outfits.

Virginia Smith, fashion market and accessories editor for Vogue, said everyone "really went for it this year".

"That's what's fun - it was the antithesis of last year and the punk theme. People really got dressed up," she said.

"Usually men just throw on their tuxes and go out.

"It was nice to see the men have to struggle a little bit - like women do all the time."

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