76845936.jpgWe've been waiting all week for a chance to really celeb-gaze and last night it came with the V&A's Golden Age of Couture gala co-hosted by Vogue.

The stars came out in their droves to attend the official opening of the museum's new exhibition which features historic haute couture designs by, among others, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Dior.

Everyone from Kate Moss to Prince descended upon the pink carpet helping further to push London on the world's fashion map. However it was this quote by actress Emma Thompson that best summed up fashion in London right now: "I'm all about bringing the smile back into fashion," she told Reuters TV. "If you've got a posh frock on you've got to smile. When I've seen pictures of fashion week all the models look so miserable. Not their fault, but they all look a bit like they're in a bit of a sulk."

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Kate Moss got the paps snapping as she stood alongside Mario Testino in a vintage cream satin gown which she somehow managed to tear to shreds throughout the evening. Liz Hurley and Jade Jagger also made glamorous entrances while Claudia Schiffer fronted up in Chanel on the arm of Roland Mouret.

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Models were also not in short supply with Lily Cole who looked amazing in a feathered creation by Prada and Agyness Deyn in a Burberry maxi dress. John Galliano went a little bit Cavalli in a leopard-print peak cap as designer entourages seemed to be all the rage.

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Brit designer Julien Macdonald arrived with Katherine Jenkins on one arm and Margo Stilley on the other with a scary dead animal draped over her shoulder - I hope that's fake! While Matthew Williamson shared a laugh with the gorgeous Thandie Newton who was wearing Pucci.

'The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 - 1957' exhibition runs from the 22nd September to 6th January 2008 at the V&A museum, click here for more info and to book tickets.

[Source: Vogue.co.uk / Reuters / Daily Mail / Getty]