Since 1972, the Met Gala always takes place on the first Monday of May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The event has been created to raise money for the Costume Institute. The 71st edition was hosted by American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the party was hosted by different co-chairs such as Katy Perry and the British actor and DJ Idris Elba.
The theme was greatly inspired by Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay Notes on Camp. In her book, the political activist explains the way of dressing as a “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration”. It's all about self-expression.
For the most part, celebrities fully embraced this year's theme. Lady Gaga was the first to arrive on the pink carpet. She was accompanied by the designer Brandon Maxwell. She changed three times directly on the red carpet. Her entrance was very theatrical.
Christian Siriano designed two costumes, one for the singer Janelle Monae (the cover of this article) and the other one for the actor Michael Urie. His look was particularly unique. His outfit was half tuxedo on one side and half dress on the other side.
The actor and singer Billy Porter was also present at the Met Gala. He wore a 24-karat headpiece and a gold pantsuit with 10-feet-long wings. He was carried like an Egyptian Pharaoh onto the carpet. His outfit was designed by The Blonds.
Jared Leto and Harry Style were both dressed by Alessandro Michele, the Creative Director of Gucci. The British singer walked the pink carpet with the designer. His look was very androgynous, he wore a black sheer shirt with a high waisted pantsuit.
Ezra Miller arrived at the 2019 Met Gala in a Burberry suit. His makeup artist Mimi Choi created an illusion look. In fact, he had three sets of eyes on his face. From what he has told to the media, it took five hours to achieve this "camp" look.
Katy Perry literally illuminated the pink carpet with her chandelier dress from Jeremy Scott (Moschino). She looked exactly like Lumière from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Zendaya came dressed as Cinderella. Her stylist, Law Roach was dressed as her fairy godmother and carried a wand to light up her baby blue dress. The gown was designed by Tommy Hilfiger. The Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone wore a Zach Posen princess gown with 3D-printed embellishments. The British model, Cara Delevigne came in a circus look from Dior and Madelaine Petsch was dressed in a mint Tinker Bell costume from Jean-Paul Gaultier.
See below some of the most original looks from the 2019 Met Gala.
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