Everybody’s favorite Monday has come and gone as the Met Gala has once again shocked the fashion industry. Celebrating the launch of the Metropolitan Museum’s newest fashion display, celebrities and influencers collaborated with top designers to encompass this year’s theme, “Camp: Notes On Fashion.” The theme stems from Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” Rather than pitching and tent and roasting marshmallows, camp in the fashion world is a word to describe the most extravagant, over the top outfits. Many celebrities in attendance are known for having a street style described as ‘camp’, so it was no surprise that this year’s pink carpet was one for the history books. Here are some of the most iconic and talked about looks from the first Monday in May.
Serving as the host and co-chairman of the night alongside Harry Styles and Serena Williams, Lady Gaga had a grand entrance featuring 4 different outfits, 8 inch stilettos, and major vogueing. Wearing a custom attire by Brandon Maxwell, Gaga stripped her way down the pink carpet.
Musician and actor Ezra Miller shocked fans with the reveal of his 7-eye makeup look by MUA Mimi Choi. Pairing the intricate look with a striped Burberry suit with a jeweled corset over top, Miller went all out to achieve the ‘camp’ theme.
Dua Lipa went with very elaborate colors and patterns in order to achieve her ‘camp’ look. Wearing a skin tight catsuit with a big peplum skirt and cape designed by Atelier Versace, the pop singer was a fan favorite at the annual gala.
Channeling her inner Priscilla Presley, Lily Collins arrived at the MET in a white Giambattista Valli dress that featured a shoulder pads, ruffles, and a long train. Pairing the outfit with an over the top hair and makeup helped the actress steal a spot on many people best dressed list.
Making one of the most elaborate entrances of the night, Billie Porter rode onto the pink carpet on a chaise carried by 6 men who can only be described as Egyptian gods. Once grounded, Porter walked the carpet in a golden jumpsuit designed by the Blonds brothers. The suit featured a full headdress and massive golden wings to match. His ‘camp’ attire matched with his over the top poses made him a fan favorite of the night.
Model and actress Cara Delevingne walked the carpet in one of the more colorful outfits of the night. Wearing Dior, her ensemble included a sheer dress with horizontal rainbow stripes which then continued down her long legs. She paired the look with a large headpiece full of bananas and what looks like candy dentures, and a pair of rainbow platform heels. How much extra could she be?
Known for her bold fashion choices on any red carpets, Janelle Monae did not disappoint at this year’s Met Gala. Trying her hardest to encompass the theme, “Camp: Notes On Fashion”, Monae and her stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn worked exclusively with Christian Siriano to design this stand out ensemble. The final product featured asymmetrical sleeves, a multiple hat headpiece, and the most ‘camp’ thing about it, a blinking eye on her chest.
Prior to the Met Gala, many fans and maybe even stylists were googling ‘camp’ in the context of fashion. One of the first thing to come of was pictures from a Gucci fashion show in 2018 where models walked down the runway carrying a replica of their own head. Wanting to be the most extra, Jared Leto collaborates with Gucci to make this his elaborate wardrobe for the night. Wearing a long red dress with a silver piece of body jewelry over top, the actor walked around with what seemed to be his decapitated head. Weird flex but okay.
Wanting to remind her fans of her career start on Disney Channel, actress and singer Zendaya was inspired by the most popular princess, Cinderella. Wearing a near exact replica of the iconic blue dress and glass slippers, her entrance featured a moment where her fairy godmother lit up her dress with magic. This choice of outfit came from her own desire to give back to her fans as her newest production, ‘Euphoria’, premiering in June, shows her in a very different character than fans are used to. She saw this as her last chance to remind them she is indeed a princess.
The meme queens of the night, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, walked the pink carpet in complimentary monochromed feather dresses. Both in Versace, Kendall wore an orange gown while Kylie was in full purple. Their shared entrance had many fans comparing them to movies ‘Dumb and Dumber’, ‘White Chicks’, Velma and Daphne from ‘Scooby Doo’, and the evil stepsisters in ‘Ella Enchanted’. Regardless of the joke factor, their looks individually were some of their best ever.