Met Gala 2012: Ladies in black

Black was the dress colour of choice at the Met Gala last night, with the likes of Rihanna and Renee Zellweger choosing to wear the classic shade with minimal makeup and swept-back updos on the star-studded red carpet.

met-galaRosie Huntington-Whiteley, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna. Photos: Getty Images

However, the leading ladies proved that all-black doesn't have to be boring. Case in point: Cate Blanchett. She turned heads in a feathered Alexander McQueen design (another contender for best-dressed of the night), while Rihanna did her best to impress in a backless Tom Ford dress.

met-galaRooney Mara, Renee Zellweger, Michelle Dockery. Photos: Getty Images

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wowed in sparkling stripes and Rooney Mara looked stunning in a sheer lace gown. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery opted for a classic, strapless style by Ralph Lauren but our favourite lady in black had to be Renee Zellweger. She's been absent from the red carpet for some time now, but her Emilio Pucci gown with a ruffled train has to be up there with some of the star's best dressed moments.

So which statement-style wins your vote for best dressed? Let us know in a comment and see more from the Met Gala in our gown gallery below.

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