(CBS NEWS) – Stars and fashion’s elite went punk for the evening at Monday night’s Met gala, the fundraiser at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art that’s affectionately known as “the party of the year.”

Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz were among the celebrities to embrace the night’s punk theme. But Beyonce, the event’s honorary chairwoman, seemed the event’s grand dame on the red carpet that might rival the Oscars in celebrity wattage.

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Wearing a flame-motif gown with long gloves and a long train by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Beyonce was one of the last arrivals, following in the studded heel footsteps of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lopez.

Many stars, including the CW’s Nina Dobrev of The Vampire Diaries and Jamie King of Hart of Dixie, embraced the big Costume Institute exhibit they were there to celebrate: “Punk: From Chaos to Couture.” Beyonce’s co-chairs for the event included Tisci, who escorted Rooney Mara, who wore a white lace gown with exaggerated shoulders and a heavy-hardware zip front.

Mara said she never went through a punk fashion phase but “I was definitely a punk.”

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Tisci also dressed Kim Kardashian, who has seen much of her maternity wardrobe reviewed — almost always negatively — on social media on a daily basis. The online critics have more fodder with her floral-print, high-neck gown and matching gloves. She attended with boyfriend Kanye West.

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