Back of The Met's Costume Institute Gala: The Models Last night's theme at the 2009 Costume Institute Gala was "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion," an exploration of how models have inspired and projected fashions throughout recent years. Of course, my coverage of this event would not be complete without a gallery of models who walked the red carpet. (Here's why some big names didn't show up). Oh, and if you're looking for more model action, check out my slideshow of the big six models, full of "then and now" photos. Don't forget to vote on all of my Costume Institute Gala polls here! View 22 Photos › Heidi Klum Jessica Stam Claudia Schiffer Alek Wek Amber Valletta To see more of the models, just . View 22 Photos › Heidi Klum Jessica Stam Claudia Schiffer Alek Wek Amber Valletta Maggie Rizer Miranda Kerr Agyness Deyn Bar Refaeli Cindy Crawford Coco Rocha Gisele Bundchen Helena Christensen Karen Elson Karolina Kurkova Kate Moss Molly Sims Natalia Vodianova Paulina Porizkova Shalom Harlow Stella Tennant Kristen McMenamy Source and Source Comments aimeeb 8 years Wow! CocoChic 8 years You don't think that Shalom and Natalia are pretty? Dang. I still don't understand Lara Stone. She kinda scares me. Pistil 8 years Pretty varies. mondaymoos 8 years Hm. Isn't it strange that none of the women are really pretty in that main picture? I'm sure they look fierce on the runway, but I wouldn't give them a second look on the street.