When it was revealed that Sarah Burton was in town for the 2012 Met Gala, the first person on my wish list as her guest was Cate Blanchett.

Cate was her guest, indeed, taking to the red carpet wearing an Alexander McQueen Fall 2012 gown on Monday night.

The Australian actress wore the black feather gown with a dramatic ostrich hem without the tiered coat.

Had Lady Gaga worn this gown, I would imagine she would’ve worn the look as presented on the runway for a more dramatic effect; but Cate modified the look to suit her laidback, chic style.

Black t-bar Alexander McQueen Armadillo heel sandals and an Alexander McQueen black pom pom skull clutch plus Van Cleef & Arpels jewels accesorized her look.

A simple ponytail and barely-there makeup provided the finishing touches.

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