Belle Of The Ball: Beyonce Wows At Met Gala 2012

08/05/2012 11:57 | Updated 22 May 2015

The biggest names in music, film and fashion hit the red carpet last night for New York's most glamorous (and seriously stylish) red carpet event - the Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations Costume Institute Gala, aka the Met Gala 2012.

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The dresses were bigger and better than ever before, with Beyonce leading the way, after a few months off from the red carpet, in a crystal embellished, feather gown by Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci.

Sensibly, she left her hair and makeup simple and chic with a slicked-back ponytail and a neutral, glossy shade on the lips.

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When it comes to Met Gala gowns, there's head-turning, and then there's this. It's got to be up there with the most dramatic red carpet returns we've seen in a long time. Welcome back, Beyonce.

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Let us know how you rate Beyonce's Met Gala style in a comment and see all the dresses from the event in the gallery below.

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