Fashion’s biggest night lived up to its name! Stars hit the red — ahem, pink — carpet at the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on Monday, May 6, in their designer best to celebrate this year’s theme: “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”
Inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp,” in which the writer defines the term as a “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” Met curator Andrew Bolton told Vogue he believes the Costume Institute’s exhibit and corresponding fashion will “have a lot of cultural resonance” in today’s age. And it very well may have led to the best fashion the Met Gala has ever seen.
Hosted by the kings and queens of modern camp — Harry Styles, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Lady Gaga (who set the bar high with not one but four Brandon Maxwell red carpet looks) and Serena Williams — the 2019 theme was much more open to interpretation that previous years (think: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in 2018 or 2015’s “China: Through the Looking Glass”), which meant the only rule was that there were none.
But one thing was certain: stars like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Lupita Nyong’o, Gal Gadot and more teamed with high-fashion designers to bring their sartorial A-game — and *a lot* of over-the-top extravagance (Katy Perry as a Moschino candelabra, anyone?). After all, a pretty dress alone does not land one atop the Met Gala best-dressed list.
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