This year’s Met Gala theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, an aesthetic that calls for kitschy exaggeration and a self-aware sense of humour.
And for the celebrities that received a coveted invite to one of the most star-studded events of the year, basically, it’s a theme that meant the crazier you looked, the better.
With Rihanna, the uncontested Queen of the Met Gala sitting this year out, there was plenty of opportunity to steal the spotlight this time around.
Take a look at some of the wildest looks from this year’s Met Gala.
— Complex (@Complex) May 6, 2019
— TIME (@TIME) May 6, 2019
As if we’d expect anything less. Gaga decided to walk the pink carpet in four (!) different looks. Peeling off layer after layer, she had a distinct performance ready for each outfit that took advantage of multiple props including an umbrella, a vintage cell phone, and a wagon filled with champagne bottles. Is there anything campier than writhing on the iconic Met steps in nothing but a bra, panties, and cartoonishly large fake lashes?
— Variety (@Variety) May 6, 2019
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Billy was probably Lady Gaga’s only real competition when it came to having the most over-the-top entrance. Not only did he show up in an opulent Egyptian-inspired look, he was also literally carried into the venue by six shirtless men while reclining on a velvet chaise lounge.
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— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) May 7, 2019
We can always trust Janelle Monae to sport a fully-realized concept every time she steps on a red carpet, and the Met Gala was no exception. She came camp-ready this year with six hats and four eyes.
— Complex Style (@ComplexStyle) May 7, 2019
— zy (@yykrose) May 7, 2019
Cardi is never afraid of taking a risk on the red carpet. Seeing her in a dress with a train long enough to take up an entire staircase on a night all about fashion extravagance just feels correct.
— angelo dela cruz (@expressi0nless) May 6, 2019
— dal mare (@duepesci) May 6, 2019
Kacey Musgraves has pretty much built a career on playing up the camp aspects of traditional country western. So, to keep us on our toes, she decided to swerve out of her lane a bit, showing up as a life-size Malibu Barbie. In true Barbie girl fashion, she even rode in precariously perched on top of a pink convertible, which is the commitment we’re looking for.
truly katy perry’s greatest virtue is that she is not afraid to look like an idiot pic.twitter.com/bLxLomHSIR
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) May 7, 2019
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) May 6, 2019
Dressed as a human chandelier, Katy couldn’t even lower her arms the entire time she was on the carpet. To complete her transformation into a Caesar’s Palace lighting fixture, Katy even had battery packs hidden in her garment to keep it illuminated. You know a theme is good when this isn’t the craziest outfit of the night.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) May 7, 2019
— Variety (@Variety) May 7, 2019
Camp is supposed to be a little disorienting, so we knew Ezra came on theme when he removed his creepy prosthetic mask on the carpet to reveal a seven-eyed face.
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 7, 2019
Lupita seemed to embrace the “more is more” approach when she tackled this year’s theme and it could not have turned out any better. From the gold combs in her hair to the star-point star patterned dress to the rainbow-coloured wings, this was the perfect year to go for controlled chaos.
Remember those eerily-realistic human heads and baby dragons the models carried in @Gucci’s Fall 2018 show? Leave it to @JaredLeto to embrace the concept for the #MetGala and carry a lifesize replica of his own head. https://t.co/pVCHShJlPk pic.twitter.com/pToOVvCljS
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 6, 2019
— femme fatale (@eliesaaab) May 6, 2019
Jared showed up with the year’s hottest new accessory under his arm: your own disembodied head!
— MTV (@MTV) May 6, 2019
— Modern Notoriety (@ModernNotoriety) May 7, 2019
This outfit stood out for just how unremarkable it was. In a year where everyone was wearing the craziest looks they could find, Frank decided on a dress shirt and tie, black shoes, and a Prada jacket. No complaints here. We’re just happy he’s happy.
Featured image via Twitter @etnow @stylesscreature.