There may not have been a cohesive theme at 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala but there were plenty of contenders for best dressed. For pure glamour, it’s a toss-up between Amy Adams and Taylor Swift, both of whom wore Oscar de la Renta gowns with bustle-like skirts, similar to the sheaths with emphatic bursts of tulle pioneered by Charles James, the mid-century Anglo-American couturier whose work the Costume Institute is celebrating. Emmy Rossum’s bright yellow floral strapless Caroline Herrera also had a fetchingly vintage feel.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

Alexis Stoudemire in Vera Wang

Joan Smalls in Vera Wang

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Rent

Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera

Blake Lively in a Gucci