It’s been some time since we’ve seen Marion Cotillard on the red carpet, so I was delighted to see her return last night in New York City for the 2012 Met Gala.

The French beauty did not disappoint in a beautiful Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture gown.

Slightly modified from the runway version, the shimmering black strapless bodice of Marion’s dress extends just past her hipbones before cascading into a sheer violet skirt.

I love the elegance and moodiness of the glittering black top paired with a sheer purple skirt, especially against Marion’s beautifully dark colouring.

A Dior clutch and heels and Chopard jewelry accessorize the look.

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