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Celebrities go metallic at Met Gala

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Media captionLady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce and Taylor Swift were just some of those at the gala

Celebrities at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art have gone metallic as this year's Met Ball celebrates the convergence of man and machine.

However, not all attendees at the "Oscars of the East Coast" party are strictly adhering to the chosen theme.

The annual gala brings in millions for the museum's Costume Institute.

Last year, A-listers from film, music, sports and fashion were asked to dress to the theme of Chinese influences on western fashion - with varying success.

This year, the exhibit is "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology."

The chairwoman of the invitation-only extravaganza is American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who has been organising the gala for nearly 20 years.

This year, tickets cost $30,000 (£20,456) per person - but despite the prices it is one of the hardest parties to get in to.

Privacy of the guests is intensely guarded, and posting on social media after they have walked the red carpet and entered the event has been banned since last year.

Last year, more than $12m was raised for the museum's Costume Institute.

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Image caption Madonna wore one of the most revealing outfits by Givenchy
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Image caption Katy Perry appeared in a black Prada with gold embellishment... and a Tamagotchi digital pet
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Image caption Model Karolina Kurkova's gown had hand-placed LED lights
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Image caption Beyonce wore a latex gown by Givenchy
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Image caption Emma Watson's five-piece ensemble by Calvin Klein had fabrics made out of plastic bottles
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Image caption Taylor Swift, one of the co-hosts, wore a short silver Louis Vuitton gown with high black gladiator sandals
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Image caption Singer-songwriter will.i.am wore what appeared to be a visor
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Image caption Some guests - like actress Zoe Saldana - opted for feathery outfits
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Image caption Juno Temple had a helping hand as she appeared on the carpet

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