Michelle Rodriguez steals the show at art dinner in a backless black gown with daring plunging neckline

How low can you go Michelle Rodriguez steals the show at art dinner in a backless black gown with a daring plunging neckline

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00:53 GMT, 17 October 2012

She was supposed to be celebrating some of the most iconic costumes in cinematic history.

But Michelle Rodriguez ensured all eyes were well and truly on her as she attended the V&A Hollywood Costume dinner at London's Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday night.

The 34-year-old actress made she stood out from the crowd in a daring floor-length black gown by Ariella Couture, which featured not only a plunging hemline, but also a sexy backless lace panel.

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Breathtaking: Michelle Rodriguez stole the show in a daring Ariella Couture gown as she attended a launch dinner to celebrate the Victoria and Albert Museum's new Hollywood costume exhibition

Breathtaking: Michelle Rodriguez stole the show in a daring Ariella Couture gown as she attended a launch dinner to celebrate the Victoria and Albert Museum's new Hollywood costume exhibition

Looking effortlessly elegant, the Fast and the Furious star's stunning ensemble was detailed with soft black Chantilly lace and featured a dramatic twist in the form of a soft crepe fishtail hem.

Rodriguez let her dress do the talking for the evening, opting for minimal make-up and accessories, and leaving her raven locks loose and tumbling around her shoulders.

The actress was joined at the launch dinner for the museum's new exhibition by Helena Bonham Carter, who left her typically eccentric outfits at home for the evening.

All eyes on her: The 34-year-old actress ensured she was the centre of attention in her show-stopping gown

All eyes on her: The 34-year-old actress ensured she was the centre of attention in her show-stopping gown

Daring: Michelle's gown featured a plunging neckline and a stunning backless design

Daring: Michelle's gown featured a plunging neckline and a stunning backless design

Daring: Michelle's gown featured a plunging neckline and a stunning backless design

Hollywood glamour: Michelle looked effortlessly elegant as she posed for photographs at London's Victoria and Albert museum

Hollywood glamour: Michelle looked effortlessly elegant as she posed for photographs at London's Victoria and Albert museum

In contrast to her usual style, the Alice In Wonderland star looked relatively demure in a red silk parachute-style gown, which she teamed with a black blazer that clinched in her small waist.

Bonham Carter was accompanied to the event by costume designer Michael Kaplan, who has been creating ensembles for Hollywood blockbusters since 1981.

Fashionable friends: Costume designer Michael Kaplan and actress Helena Bonham Carter posed together on the red carpet

Fashionable friends: Costume designer Michael Kaplan and actress Helena Bonham Carter posed together on the red carpet

Dapper: Actor Simon Pegg and comedian Bill Bailey were also in attendance at the art dinner

Dapper: Actor Simon Pegg and comedian Bill Bailey were also in attendance at the art dinner

Dapper: Actor Simon Pegg and comedian Bill Bailey were also in attendance at the art dinner

Also putting in red carpet appearances were actor Simon Pegg, comedian Bill Bailey and film director John Landis, who attended alongside his wife Deborah.

The Victoria and Albert Museum's autumn exhibition, Hollywood Costume, explores the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling, bringing together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from the past century.

Sponsored by Harry Winston, the event opens to the public on October 20.

A touch of Hollywood: Director John Landis attended the bash alongside his elegant wife Deborah

A touch of Hollywood: Director John Landis attended the bash alongside his elegant wife Deborah

VIDEO: Stars shining bright at the V&A Costume Dinner

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