The annual Met Costume Ball is one of the most anticipated events for the daring fashion choices of the attendees.

Hosted each year to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum in New York’s opening of its fashion exhibition at the Costume Institute, the event attracts some of the world’s most famous names.

While the Oscars calls for out and out glamour, the Met Gala allows attendees to be more daring with their fashion choices and often sees some of the most interesting outfits on the red carpet.

Although the event is hosted in the US, there are always plenty of British names taking their place on the Met Ball red carpet and this year saw the UK stars showcasing their own amazing taste.

Carey Mulligan took on one of the big trends of the night for metallics but took it to the extreme with her choice of sequined high-necked dress.

The reflective discs started in a dark gold colour at the neckline, gradually becoming lighter to create a silver skirt.

But despite having such an eye-catching dress, all the attention was focused on her new wedding ring.

The Oscar-nominated actress has recently married Marcus Mumford – lead singer with folk band Mumford and Sons – and the Gala was the first time she has been seen out wearing both her wedding band and engagement ring.

Carey was not the only Brit to make an impact at the Met Ball, as model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked elegant in a long-sleeved dress accessorised with dangling earrings.

Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery also went for a stylish look at the Met Ball with her strapless floor-length gown with gold detailing around the bodice. She might have also taken some inspiration from the costumes she wears on the show by accessorising with a pair of short black gloves and a pair of dangling gold earrings.

Meanwhile, Florence Welch also made a big statement with her quirky dress sense by donning a tiered pale pink gown with heavy embellishment that was reminiscent of a dress worn by a flamenco dancer.

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