Cara Delevingne wears intricate body art to the Met Gala

May 5, 2015 at 9:29 a.m. ET
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We're so used to seeing exposed skin on the red carpet that a revealing dress hardly piques our interest any more. Predictably there were numerous near-naked appearances at New York's annual Met Gala last night.

But it was Cara Delevingne who caught our attention and not because her Stella McCartney jumpsuit showed her belly button. (Incidentally she was one of only a few women not wearing a dress, which made her stand out even more.) 

This year's theme was "China: Through the Look Glass," which resulted in some truly magnificent outfits — from Anne Hathaway's elegant gold caped Ralph Lauren gown (was it a coincidence that it was also International Star Wars Day?) to Sarah Jessica Parker's wonderful high street/designer combo (she paired a one-sleeved H&M dress with a towering Philip Treacy work of art).

Cara turned her skin into a canvas — literally. She enlisted the body art skills of Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy, her go-to NYC tattooist, who painted her body with cherry blossoms and swallows, mirroring the style of classical Chinese bird-and-flower painting.

Cara Delevingne at the 2015 Met Gala

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A little more imaginative than a satin kimono or a mandarin collar, right?

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