Met Gala 2019: Who Understood The 'Camp' Dress Code And Who Didn't?
It's Met Gala season once again!
Every year since 1946, the Metropolitan Museum of Art organizes the Met Gala, a fundraising black-tie party for the benefit of the Costume Institute. Also known as the Super Bowl of Fashion—VIPs, designers, and Hollywood celebrities all gather for one evening of opulence, extravagance, and H-I-G-H F-A-S-H-I-O-N!
Style and beauty enthusiasts from all over the world look forward to this annual occasion—and this year's invite-only event surely did not disappoint!
Camp: Notes on Fashion
This season's theme is all about camp. No, we're not pertaining to the outdoor activity associated with toasted marshmallows and tents! We're talking about the over-the-top queer aesthetic that originated in the 17th century.
The concept for the Met Gala was inspired by Susan Sontog's essay, "Notes on Camp" (1964), which states that the essence of camp is “its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration". True enough, this year's dress code is anything but simple—and has everything to do with irony, wit, humor, and the art of being extra.
While there are plenty of A-listers who understood the dress code by heart, there were still a couple of guests who didn't quite get the memo—but who could blame them? This year's theme is understandably quite tricky!
Ahead, we've listed down some of the guests who went full campy, and the few who could still do better next year. For your fashion fix, scroll ahead!
The Met Gala Guests Who Understood 'Camp'—And Went All Out!
Lady Gaga in custom Brandon Maxwell
Lady Gaga stole the show as she pulled off not one, but four outrageous outfits at the MET Gala!
Katy Perry in Moschino
Katy Perry was (literally) lit in a chandelier-inspired Moschino ensemble.
Kim Kardashian West in Manfred Thierry Mugler
The reality star turned mogul definitely took her iconic wet look to the next level!
“Getting out of the Pacific straight to the #MetGala red carpet to shine like the brightest star! Iconic “Wet Look” is #BeyondCouture ! @KimKardashian is a #Muglerized #Camp Art piece ” #Mugler #ManfredThierryMugler #MetGala #BeyondCouture #Camp #KimKardashian #KimKardashianWest @manfredthierrymugler « Manfred Thierry Mugler for Kim Kardashian West / MET BALL 2019 with Mugler Fashion House. Revisited archive pieces for Mugler Fashion House @muglerofficial »
Dua Lipa in Versace
Dua Lipa in head-to-toe Versace had our jaws dropped to the ground. Look at those shoes!
Zendaya in Tommy Hilfiger
Zendaya put on quite a show when she arrived at the iconic pink carpet in a dress that literally glowed! Watch the Cinderella-esque transformation below.
Ezra Miller in Burberry
Ezra Miller turned heads (and lots of eyes) at the MET Gala, for obvious reasons.
Cardi B in Thom Browne
There were a lot going on in this unforgettable outfit, and we're totally on board. With 30,000 feathers, a 3-meter train, and ruby-embellished "nipples", Cardi B sure knew how to create a style statement.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner in Versace
It looks like the Jenner sisters did their research this year! After showing up underdressed in the 2018 MET Gala—remember when Kendall sported a white jumpsuit?—the siblings redeemed themselves this year in scene-stealing, show girl-inspired numbers worth remembering. We mean, just look at them—we're in love!
Kacey Musgraves in Moschino
Country singer Kacey Musgraves was a real-life Barbie doll wearing an all-pink Moschino ensemble. Her vintage hair dryer-inspired bag was everything!
Jared Leto in Gucci
Jared Leto was spotted carrying his own head. How trippy is that?!
The Met Gala Guests Who Are Still Trying To Understand The 'Camp' Dress Code
The Olsen Twins in Chanel
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's leather ensembles were gorgeous, but we weren't too sure what they were going for. Whether their looks were inspired by The Matrix or sorcerers, they were just too 'safe' to make the cut. Remember, camp is all about exaggeration and the unreal!
Ashley Graham in Gucci
Ashley Graham definitely nailed her beauty look, but her outfit was another story. She wore a Gucci jacket and nude stockings, giving the illusion that she wasn't wearing pants. To be honest? We're not entirely sure what she's trying to convey.
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Alicia Vikander sported a Louis Vuitton mini dress with shoulder accents to the iconic pink carpet. It's a fun and flirty party dress, but it's definitely not Met Gala-appropriate. The Grammys or the VMAs, perhaps?
Paloma Elsesser in Brock Collection?
Model Paloma Elsesser's denim on denim dress featured an unflattering silhouette. Sadly, this peplum piece just didn't work out for her.
Frank Ocean in Prada
"F*ck a theme," captioned Frank Ocean, who wore an all-black Prada hoodie to the Met, on Instagram. The rapper held an old-school digital camera to add 'character' to his look, but this didn't change the fact that he was extremely underdressed.
There's a fine line between Met Gala and Halloween, but model Caroline Trentini wore an outfit perfect for the latter.