'Deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style'
I am back again with my yearly review of the best dressed at the Met Gala. This year's theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion and from the pink (red) carpet and the giant pink flamingo centre piece to the multitude of extra AF outfits I think it's fair to say the whole night was definitely camp.
This years exhibition consisted of 170 fashion items from designers such as Jeremy Scott, Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs - amongst others. The pink theme was carried throughout the exhibition and the words of Susan Sontag - from her essay 'Notes on Camp' from 1964 - featured throughout. Sontag can be noted as a key influence who brought camp into mainstream culture describing camp as an aesthetic.
So now I will let you in on who I thought was the best dressed at this years event!
Kendall and Kylie Jenner in Versace
Both head to toe in Atelier Versace Kendall and Kylie fully embraced the theme. Both of their dresses were hand embroidered with Swarovski crystals and feathers. Kendall in fiery orange and Kylie in cool lilac the sisters turned everyones heads.
Lizzo in Marc Jacobs
Lizzo wore custom Marc Jacobs to her first Met Gala. Complete with bright pink wig, her feathery look tied in completely with the theme. She even wore the coat to the airport the next day.
Jared Leto in Gucci
Never one to shy away from the theme Jared Leto pulled it out the bag again in custom Gucci. He wore a red silk gown with diamond encrusted detailing and, inspired by the Gucci show at Milan Fashion Week this year, he carried his own head. Very theatrical - even if it is a bit creepy.
Lupita Nyong'o in Versace
Lupita Nyong'o stunned the pink carpet in an Atelier Versace column gown. Complete with multicoloured, hand-brushed organza cape and matching fan - V camp.
Ezra Miller in Burberry
Ezra Miller collaborated with Burberry's Riccardo Tisci to bring his surreal idea to life. Decked out in a Burberry suit and diamond encrusted corset the eccentric look was completed with some optical illusion makeup and he carried a mask of his own face.
Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano
Janelle Monae channelled a Picasso painting at this years Met Gala. Her surrealist look created by Christian Siriano was even complete with winking eye!
Dua Lipa in Versace
In my eyes she can do no wrong, I love her style. For her first Met Gala Dua Lipa went all out and fully embraced the theme. Collaborating with Versace they created a look which included the Elton John print from the Spring/Summer 1991 collection - if that's not camp I don't know what is.
Ryan Murphy in Christian Siriano
Channeling Liberace, Ryan Murphy arrived in a floor-length, pearl embroidered cape and matching silk suit encrusted with sequins. A custom design by Christian Siriano which reportedly weighed 100lbs.
Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas
Peter Dundas helped Emily Ratajkowski pay homage to her idol Cher by creating a custom dress and headpiece for her 5th Met Gala. Never one to be afraid to bare all, reports are saying she had the most daring look of the evening but I’ll let you be the judge.
Billy Porter in The Blonds
Last but definitely not least, Billy Porter stole the show in my eyes. The epitome of camp, he arrived on a thrown carried by 6 shirtless men. The 'king of the red carpet' wore a gold fringed and beaded jumpsuit complete with 10-foot wings. His Egyptian aesthetic an ode to Diana Ross in 1975's Mahogany.
So there you have it, my favourite looks from the 2019 Met Gala. I think this years theme has been one of my favourites and it was the perfect excuse for the attendees to go totally over the top!
If you want to see more from the Met Gala you can see my best dressed from last year's Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme here.
Who was your best dressed?