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A Formal Theme Doesn't Keep Sexy Away

May 5 2014 - 7:30pm

The theme for tonight's Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art [1] might've allowed less room for full-on sexbomb outfits than last year's anything-goes punk approach [2], but don't worry: where there's a red carpet, there are bound to be some sultry numbers. Whether it was a low-cut front or a high (high) leg slit, ladies like Lea Michele [3], Chrissy Teigen, and Nicole Richie [4] had sexy on tap. Scroll down to see all the best.

Kate Upton at the Costume Institute Ball

A semisheer Dolce & Gabbana [5] dress with a corset and underwire bustier made sure to flaunt Kate Upton's famous curves.

Beyoncé at the Costume Institute Ball

Beyoncé went bold in a Givenchy [6] Haute Couture mousseline dress embroidered with a mix of crystals, stones, and studs. Under it, she wore a bodysuit and fishnets.

Cara Delevingne at the Costume Institute Ball

What ball gown? Cara Delevingne showed that she plays by her own rules in a two-piece set made up of an intricate crop top and skinny white pants.

Kim Kardashian at the Costume Institute Ball

While we've certainly seen sexier from Kim Kardashian [7], the high slit of her midnight blue dress rose nearly to waist level, ensuring things maintained a certain amount of steaminess.

Naomi Watts at the Costume Institute Ball

The ombre hue of Naomi Watts [8]'s custom Givenchy [9] Haute Couture dress was gorgeous, but what we couldn't take our eyes off was the sheer skirt that let flaunted her stems.

Rihanna at the Costume Institute Ball

Rihanna [10]'s pure white look was far from angelic, thanks to the cropped top that fell right below her bust (allowing a tattoo to peek through!).

Chrissy Teigen at the Costume Institute Ball

Chrissy Teigen wore a one-of-a-kind Ralph Lauren [11] Collection halter dress covered with Swarovski [12] crystals and organza ruffles. For accessories, she picked Lorraine Schwartz earrings.

Dree Hemingway at the Costume Institute Ball

Dree Hemingway had a retro moment in a Proenza Schouler [13] dress that hit at midcalf, white Rupert Sanderson pumps, and Harry Winston [14] earrings.

Georgia May Jagger at the Costume Institute Ball

Georgia May Jagger went for it up top and on bottom with a neckline that dipped to her navel and a high slit on the leg. For shoes, she picked suede Sergio Rossi [15] heels.

Lea Michele at the Costume Institute Ball

Lea Michele [16] sizzled in a backless golden Altuzarra [17] dress and Lorraine Schwartz accessories.

Nicole Richie at the Costume Institute Ball

Nicole Richie [18] skipped volume in favor of a custom-dyed velvet Donna Karan [19] Atelier [20] gown, worn with Christian Louboutin [21] shoes, a Zagliani [22] clutch, and custom diamond House of Harlow [23] jewelry (including ear cuffs!).

Zoe Saldana at the Costume Institute Ball

The neckline of Zoe Saldana [24]'s custom black cashmere Michael Kors [25] bodysuit went low enough to show off some cleavage. Atop it, she picked a black and white lace taffeta skirt, also by the label.

Olivia Munn at the Costume Institute Ball

Even with long sleeves and a floor-length hem, Olivia Munn couldn't help but sizzle in her dress. For jewels, she picked Fred Leighton.

Zoe Kravitz at the Costume Institute Ball

In a slip of a dress, Zoe Kravitz's silk Topshop [26] number was definitely more sensual than the voluminous ball gowns we spotted.

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