Michelle Dockery stood out from the crowds, even among the immaculately dressed A-list stars at New York's Met Gala Ball last night, as she arrived in a floor-length black and gold dress.

Complete with a pair of gloves that could have come straight from the set of Downton Abbey, Dockery, who plays the independent Lady Mary Crawley in the hit ITV period drama, shone as she turned up at one of the biggest nights on the US showbiz calendar.

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She was joined by Laura Carmichael, who plays her younger sister Lady Edith in Downton, on the red carpet.

British talent wasn't short in supply at the Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other guests included singer Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, Emily Blunt, Transformers star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Drive star Carey Mulligan and Mirror Mirror actress Lily Collins.

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