If there is an event that makes the fashion and entertainment world ecstatic every year, that’s the Met Gala. A fashion and art event that aims to generate funds for the charities supported by the New York Metropolitan Museum. The annual met gala is beyond a spectacle, with hundreds of big names in Hollywood and the elites coming together in a night to celebrate culture, history, fashion, and art.
The Met Gala first started in 1948 as Eleanor Lambert founded it as a way to encourage donations from New York’s high society. The fundraiser grew in popularity and became the most anticipated event in the fashion fundraising calendar.
Technically, the Met Gala is an art exhibit by the Met’s Costume Institute and is also known as the Costume Institute Gala. Every year, the exhibition is showcasing period and contemporary costumes in different themes from Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, to Manus x Machina, Punk: Chaos to Couture and China: Through the Looking Glass. This year’s exhibition theme is Camp: Notes On Fashion.
The red carpet is one of the highlights of the event where guests, celebrities, and artists strut the red carpet with their interpretation of the theme. Since 1995, US Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour chaired the gala with the help of other celebrities she enlisted as her co-hosts. As expected this year’s Gala, held on May 6th at the New York Metropolitan Museum, did not disappoint. The red carpet theme was such a spectacle that Harper Bazaar called it “outrageous and over-the-top.” As mentioned earlier, this year’s theme is all about camp fashion.
Camp loosely means exaggeration in fashion and guests walked the red carpet bringing in nothing but hyperbole. Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, has framed the exhibition around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay Notes on “Camp” and argued the “love of the unnatural inspires that: of artifice and exaggeration… style at the expense of content… the triumph of the epicene style.”
As exaggeration becomes the central artistic focus of this year’s gala, it has undoubtedly made history when Lady Gaga, known for her campiness in her style and fashion, has a walk through the red carpet for 16 minutes – the most extended red carpet entrance ever. Gaga entered the halls of the Met wearing a humongous fuchsia gown ushered by six men because of its size. She walks through the red carpet stripping off her ball gown to reveal a black straight cut gown that she’s wearing inside the gigantic pink gown. As people expect that her final look would be the black gown, Gaga shockingly stripped it off as well to further reveal a summer look inside that resembles a swimming attire.
Similarly, Cardi B, the famous new generation hip hop artist, entered the hall with another gigantic gown – red and highly detailed, inspired by menstruation as a nod to the struggles faced by women because of their period. Just like Lady Gaga, she entered the red carpet with men carrying her ballooning ball gown because of how huge and long it was.
Other standouts were Ezra Miller who went in with a masquerade mask only to reveal six more pairs of eyes craftily and realistically painted on his face. Met Gala 2019 co-host Harry Styles awed everyone with his masculine take of very feminine elements of clothing such us sheer fabric, pearl earrings, and some unexpected nipple-slips.
Katy Perry, who was also one of the best dressed in last year’s affair, once again proved her place in the Met Gala history with a chandelier dress – complete with lights! Zendaya, as she fulfills her Disney fantasy came as Cinderella complete with a ‘transformation’ effect as her black gown lights up revealing a blue tone gown. She also ran up the stairs and left her glass slippers behind.
Aquaria, the reigning queen of the hit reality TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race was also spotted wearing Maison Margiela Artisanal designed by John Galliano. As campy fashion is a favorite go-to for drag queens, RuPaul Charles went in the red carpet with a pink suit and a gigantic bow tie.
Interestingly, Frank Ocean came in wearing black trousers and an underwhelming black Prada windbreaker. And of course, Jared Leto is nit Jared Leto if his camp outfit isn’t camp. Leto went in carrying his head in his hand as an accessory.
This year’s gala is something that fans would remember as the guests, with their much-waited outfits did not disappoint. /apr