Marc Jacobs takes best-dressed title

Last updated 10:44 09/05/2012
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BEST DRESSED?: Marc Jacobs wore a black lace dress to the Costume Institute Gala, while his ex, Lorenzo Martone, wore a traditional tux.

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He's well-known for being a step ahead of the fashion pack, but designer Marc Jacobs still drew gasps of surprise from fashionistas when he wore a black lace dress to the Costume Institute Gala in New York.

Jacobs, 48, said he wore the dress because he didn't want to "be boring" and wanted to stand out. He arrived at the glamour event on the arm of his ex, Lorenzo Martone, who was dressed more traditionally in a black tuxedo.

The fashion designer turned heads in the sheer outfit which showed off the white boxer shorts he had on underneath.

"It's just a lace dress" he said, according to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

"I just didn't wanna wear a tuxedo and be boring."

The ensemble was a tribute to fellow designers Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli who are the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Jacobs praised the modern designs by the fashion icons.

"I think Miuccia Prada is such a celebration of the unconventional and so it felt like, appropriate, somehow," he said.

"They are two women [Schiaparelli and Prada] that I have always loved the work of; I mean Schiaparelli is one of my all-time heroes and Miuccia Prada continues to be a hero of mine and I just um, I am looking forward to seeing the exhibition."

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