The best and boldest looks of the 2019 Met Gala

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Source: Cosmopolitan

Source: Cosmopolitan

It’s hard to believe, but this year, so many celebrities put in the hard yards and actually wore something in theme!  

So, what was the theme of this year’s annual met gala and what does it mean? 

The exhibition theme this year is “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, and all attendees were given a manifesto to Susan Sontag’s iconic essay “Notes On Camp” to help define the meaning.

In this manifesto, there are more than 58 definitions given. To gain a further understanding, here are some quotes:

“The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.”

“Camp sees everything in quotation marks.”

To simply put it, “camp” can not be defined and put into a box, but when you see it, you will instantly recognise it. It takes away the seriousness that comes along in fashion and allows you to be cheeky and flamboyant. 

Harry Styles

We all know that Harry Styles has been serving camp looks way before this event, and as the co-chair, he nailed the look. Harry sported a sheer black ensemble with delicate ruffles and lace cuffs. This custom piece from Gucci 2019 Fall is subtle, yet seductive. He adorned his ear with a single pearl dangling earring, accessorised his fingers with chunky rings and painted his nails black and turquoise. A simple, yet effective look.

Left: Harry Styles, Right: Kylie Jenner

Left: Harry Styles, Right: Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner

Surprise! A Kardashian actually did their homework and looked absolutely stunning. Kylie Jenner sported a feathered lavender Versace gown, with sleeves that look like cheerleader pom-poms made of soft feathers. The gown was revealing in all the right places and her soft purple wig tied the mermaid showgirl look together.

Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller isn’t someone who shies away from pulling risky looks on the red carpet. Miller wore a chic Burberry suit with a bejewelled corset bodice. However, it’s what was under his blank face mask that had all heads turning. Painted on his face was an optical illusion of eyeballs, possibly inspired by makeup artist, Dain Yoon. 

Left: Ezra Miller, Right: Ashton Sanders

Left: Ezra Miller, Right: Ashton Sanders

Ashton Sanders

American actor, Ashton Sanders won the most underrated outfit award. Why is no one talking about his Victorian clerk look by Telfar? From the white fishnet stockings and pearl earrings, to the curled hair in a ponytail, Sanders was serving avant-garde camp realness.

Lady Gaga

As co-chair of the Met Gala, the pressure was on for Lady Gaga, and she didn’t disappoint. Not only did she wear a total of four custom outfits by Brandon Maxwell, she made it into a theatrical performance. Entering the red carpet, she sported a puffy magenta gown, changing outfits 3 times before stripping into a black bra and panties with fishnet stockings for her final outfit change. 

Left: Lady Gaga, Right: Lily Collins

Left: Lady Gaga, Right: Lily Collins

Lily Collins

Another attendee that never disappoints when it comes to the coveted fashion event is Lilly Collins. Wearing a ruffled Giambattista Valli gown with a floor sweeping train trailing behind her, Collins channelled Priscilla Presley on her wedding day looks. With the referential volumised mane Presley is known for, to the thick spidery lashes, and vibrant purple eye shadow, Collins gave 60s fashion a subtle camp twist.  

Cardi B

It’s not a camp-themed fashion event without Thom Browne. Cardi B sported a custom Thom Browne piece that took 35 people more than 2000 hours to make! The blood red custom extends in arcs of tulle and silk organza that was filled with down. Walking up the stairs, the heavy train was decorated with 30,000 burned and dyed coque feathers.

Left: Hamish Bowles, Right: Cardi B

Left: Hamish Bowles, Right: Cardi B

Hamish Bowles

VOGUE EDITOR, Hamish Bowles followed the theme to the T, straying away from all the boring suits. Bowles arrived in the campiest feather-trimmed Maison Margiela cloak. His formal capris showed off his legs and purple mary-janes. Fashion people don’t mess around when it comes to the theme. How extra!

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae arrived at the Met Gala with a Picasso inspired dress by Christian Siriano. One side of the dress was black and white, with a stain of red to portray lips. On the other side, the robotic eye bra was paired with a magenta-coloured bottom. What’s more is that the eye blinks! 

Left: Janelle Monae, Right: Lena Waithe

Left: Janelle Monae, Right: Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe

For the second year in a row, Lena Waithe sported something personal and political. Waithe wore a Pyer Moss suit with a message on the back: “Black drag queens invented camp.” What’s more is if you zoom in, the pinstripes are lyrics to a Diana Ross song, “I’m Coming Out.” Ever since the theme was announced, there has been debate about the originators and contributors of camp. The LGBTQ community, especially those of colour, has been historically left out of the conversation. The essay that inspired the theme, Susan Sontag's "Notes on Camp” discredits the community. It was only right for Waithe bring back credit to the inventors and influencers of Camp, and so she did.

Words by Jenny Qian

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