The second most expected red carpet after the Oscars is the costume Institute Gala at the Met. Last night's fabulous amalgam of culture, glamour and beauty converged to celebrate the genius McQueen; these are the dresses that took my breath away.
• Thomas Burberry invented gabardine back in the 19th Century, this was his breakthrough. Burberry's trademark is the trench coat.
•Roger Vivier, also known as the Fabergé of footwear, invented the coma heel.
• Prada first opened as Fratelli Prada a leathergoods store in 1913. Mario Prada, the founder, did not believe in women interaction with business. Ironically, his daughter in law took the helm of Prada and subsequently his grand daughter. • In 1956 Givenchy banned the press from his shows, saying, 'A fashion house is a laboratory which must conserve its mystery'. • Ann Demeulemeester said: 'The things that meant something to you when you were sixteen stay with you forever. They are your roots.' • Cristobal Balenciaga said: 'No woman can make herself chic if she is not chic herself''.