By Kimia Degani and Lara Al Amri
The Met Gala, or the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala held on the first Monday of May to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. The world’s best achievers in all spheres of music, film, Broadway, and fashion are invited, and the list changes each year. Once photographed on the red carpet, guests get a first look inside the exhibition before taking their seats for dinner and drinks while enjoying a performance.
This year, the theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” taken from Susan Sontag’s essay “Notes on Camp.” The hosts were Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue), Alessandro Michele (creative director of Gucci), Harry Styles, Lady Gaga and Serena Williams. In her essay, Sontag defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration. The hallmark of camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of 3 million feathers.” In simpler terms, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines camp as “a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture." So, essentially, it promotes outfits that are extravagant and over the top - almost theatrical.
There were so many amazing looks at the Met this year that narrowing it down to a short list was extremely difficult, but below are the people who we believe had outfits that were both beautiful and adhered to the theme.
Zendaya dressed as cinderella in a light-up Tommy Hilfiger dress at the 2019 Met Gala. Her stylist, Law Roach, dressed as her fairy godmother and carried a wand to light up her dress. Zendaya’s bag was shaped like Cinderella’s carriage. Zendaya has a history of committing to the Met Gala theme and this year her and her stylist, took extra to a new level.
For the Met Gala this year, Kendall and Kylie Jenner decided to coordinate their outfits. The sisters arrived together on the red carpet wearing vibrant Versace dresses adorned with feathers, and fans were very pleased with their decision to stick to the theme.
Gigi arrived to the Met Gala wearing a gold and white Michael Kors jumpsuit with matching feathered cape, bedazzled boots and head cap. Gigi’s makeup artist Erin Parsons, was appropriately extra to match her intricate outfit, which featured huge, white frosted false eyelashes. This is Gigi’s sixth time attending the Gala.
Contrasting to Gigi, Bella wore a all black embellished cutout gown by Moschino. Bella’s statement beauty look involved a brand new pixie cut with bangs which framed her face. Bella’s dress had a crystalised plunging neckline with a stack of built-in bracelets on a glove. Her look is completed with bold emerald green earrings.
Actress Deepika Padukone wore a dreamy, Barbie-meets-Disney princess gown by Zac Posen which was covered in hundreds of 3D-printed decorations.
Hailey’s Met Gala look made it to most people’s instagrams stories, as she attended solo slaying a soft pink custom Alexander Wang gown. Hailey and her makeup artist, Denika Bedrossian, wanted to explore a modern Barbie look.
Gemma Chan wore a dazzling chainmail dress by Tom Ford, embroidered with thousands of crystals, joined with a matching cape and heels. On top of that, there’s a dramatic headdress inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s similar one in the 1968 film “Boom!”
Victoria Secret Angel Stella Maxwell wore a gorgeous Moschino by Jeremy Scott dress with Casadei shoes and David Yurman jewels.
The Riverdale star wore a magical Jean Paul Gaultier dress that she said had some “tinkerbell vibes.” The turquoise dress had delicate sheer fabric draped over a hoop skirt, which she paired with peep toe heels in the same pastel colour. The pink makeup matched perfectly with the outfit, diverting from the typical red carpet look and sticking well and truly to the theme.
Model Jourdan Dunn looked stunning in a rose dress that Zac Posen created using a 3D printer, which really brought to life this year’s theme of “Camp: notes on fashion.” Her dress was made of 21 individual 3D-printed rose petals that were then attached to a titanium frame and coated with laquer to bring out their shine.
French Montana wore a soft pink Gucci thobe draped over a white inner robe and metallic printed agal as he made his entrance to the Met. The event coincided with the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.