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Abbie Cornish steps out, single style, after her breakup with Ryan Phillippe

March 3, 2010 |  9:17 am

Abbie cornish They say looking good is the best revenge -- not a big challenge for either party if you're the recently defunct couple Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish.

At the time of their February split, Phillippe sat front row at New York Fashion Week; now Aussie actress Cornish has surfaced at an art exhibit hosted by Vanity Fair on Monday night.

In an epic red dress (we're not being partial, but that is the dress to be seen in after a breakup), Cornish was all smiles at the unveiling of Kimberly Brooks' "The Stylist Project," a series of paintings with top Hollywood stylemakers like Rachel Zoe and Jeremy Scott.

There was some blissful togetherness in the room, however, in the form of newlyweds Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend.

The "Mad Men" bombshell admired the painting of her show's fashion guru Janie Bryant, who just last week won big at the Costume Designers Guild Awards. 

Get more pics below of VF attendees Ginnifer Goodwin and James Van Der Beek.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Abbie Cornish mugs it at Vanity Fair's party for Kimberly Brooks. Credit: Wire Image for VF

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Photo: Ginnifer Goodwin with her pixie cut at Vanity Fair's art party in West Hollywood. Credit: Wire Image for Vanity Fair.

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Photo: Far from the "Creek," James Van Der Beek looks sleek in black at Brooks' exhibition. Credit: Wire Image for Vanity Fair