Style Files: The Haute Couture of the 2013 VMAs Red Carpet

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Fashion-wise, the VMAs have stepped it up a notch in the last few years. In a major change from the past, we’re now seeing stars decked out in high-end designer duds, as well as more and more female attendees doing a quick change from the red carpet to their show wear — a move usually reserved for presenters at big shows like the Oscars.

Several singers made big splashes on this year’s red carpet. Here’s a look at who wore what from the world of high fashion.

One of the evening’s most talked-about looks was Taylor Swift in Hervé Leger by Max Azria — although the talk was mostly about her Marilyn Monroe-esque hair as opposed to the cut-down-to-there bandage dress.

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

The biggest red carpet show-stopper was Rita Ora, in an Alexandre Vauthier dress with a feather train that required three people to move it.

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Ellie Goulding went head to toe nude, in a studded, sheer dress with suede Brian Atwood pumps.

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Katy Perry halfway stuck to her new, more mature, more covered-up style in Emanuel Ungaro, but got playful with a multi-colored grill and some gold accents.

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Iggy Azalea lead the pack of see-through and sparkly dresses with this look from Emilio Pucci, recalling both the art deco feel of The Great Gatsby and a Botticelli figure all at once.

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Closely followed by Selena Gomez, who mirrored BFF Taylor Swift’s navy pick while sticking to the sheer and sparkly feel that was on trend in this Versace town.

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

And finally, Ciara, who pulled off a monochrome look with sheer and sparkles from Givenchy.

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

The night had a hilarious “who wore it best?” moment when Grimes,working as a MTV Style red carpet correspondent, turned up in the same pair of Versace pants as 2 Chainz.

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

And then there was Lady Gaga, who did the VMA red carpet goth-style in Prabal Gurung.

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

And love or hate Miley Cyrus’s look, she was rocking vintage Dolce & Gabbana.

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

- Courtney E. Smith, Radio.com

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