The first Monday of May is the day every fashion follower eagerly anticipates, and Met Gala 2019 did not disappoint. Hosted by none other than Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Anna Wintour and Serena Williams, we give you the lowdown on yesterday’s extravaganza.
To quickly recap, this year’s gala and accompanying exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art centred around the theme of ‘camp’, inspired by Susan Sontag’s essay ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’.
Although this event is always filled with glamour and glitz, there were some unexpected rules to abide by this year including: strictly no selfies, no under 18s, no smoking inside (see the now iconic bathroom mirror MET selfies), no food deemed unattractive (whether that’s onion breath, garlic or ditching parsley for fear it gets stuck in teeth) and strict seating arrangements.
But there were no limits to the fashion last night as the bigger and campier the ensemble, the better. We’ve taken a look at the most beautiful and bizarre ensembles at Met Gala 2019.
Is it Lumiere? Is it Sia’s famous chandelier? No, it’s Katy Perry, who quite literally lit up the red carpet last night.
Actor Ezra Miller showcases some highly impressive facial make-up which highlights the nature of drag through male and female persona and impersonation. We wonder how many hours it took him to create this striking look.
Pose star Billy Porter makes quite the entrance in his Cleopatra inspired ensemble whilst being carried by six shirtless men on a velvet chaise longue. Just a casual Monday.
Jordan Roth, the owner of five Broadway theatres, transformed himself into a theatre hall.
And here we have the queen herself and co-host of Met Gala 2019; Anna Wintour wore a floral beaded Chanel gown accompanied by a feathery cape, stating that her outfit would feature millions of feathers – and Wintour is not one to joke.
Drag Race creator Ru Paul sashayed his way onto the red carpet this Met Gala and surprised everyone by not arriving in drag. Ru’s stylist Zaldy stated that he wanted Ru to attend the event out of drag to show a different side to femininity and a true hybrid representation of who Ru Paul really is.
Actor Michael Urie proved that if you want to turn heads at the Met Gala, two looks in one is the way to go. This genius prom date combo was one of the most memorable looks this year.
Co-host Harry Styles certainly impressed for his first appearance at the Met Gala in a black Gucci ensemble that showed off his tattoos and bare chest. The look was coordinated with black heels, painted nails and a dangling pearl earring.
Dakota Johnson wore her heart on her sleeve in this regal purple Gucci dress.
Nina Dobrev stepped out in shimmery mini-dress that channelled a “futuristic ballerina’”.
The inimitable Lupita Nyong went for a full-on Pride inspired rainbow look in an eccentric star print dress contrasted with good-enough-to-eat candyfloss textures.
This year Zendaya looked like an absolute fairytale in her Cinderella-esque gown. You shall go to the ball, Queen Z.
Jared Leto arrived in a red Gucci suit and turned heads, quite literally. The star took inspiration from Gucci’s AW18 show that saw models carrying replicas of their heads down the runway, creating this unique and unusual look for the Met Gala.
‘Girls’ co-stars Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke paraded their fetishes in these outrageous outfits. Both celebrities are sporting custom Christopher Kane dresses accompanied by Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and look like two peas in a pod. Twinning is winning!
Florence Welch looked mesmerising in her medieval meets mermaid turquoise and lilac gown.
Saoirse Ronan left her tower and looked ready to slay that dragon in a fiery sequinned gown, finished off strongly with structured shoulder details.
Ryan Murphy came out of his shell in a peachy custom pearl embellished Christian Siriano gown.
One of the Met Gala’s hosts Serena Williams looked phenomenal in a luminous Versace number, contrasting haute-couture with highlighter hued Nike trainers. The tennis star proved that you can indeed be comfy and glam at the same time.
Kacey Musgraves channelled Barbie this year in head-to-toe pink, paired with an exquisite Moschino hairdryer bag. We think we may have to go and watch Legally Blonde after lusting over this look!
This year the Jenner sisters claimed that their look for the Met Gala would be inspired by Cinderella’s Ugly stepsisters, but they look far from ugly. The pair brought fire to the event in their orange and purple flame-inspired looks, with ruffles and feathers added to keep things campy.
Obviously, we can’t miss out Mrs Kardashian West, who left mouths watering in her Thierry Mugler dress. It was created to give the illusion that the star was dripping wet and had stepped straight out of the ocean.
And saving (arguably) the best ‘till last, co-host Lady Gaga showed everybody how it was done by changing her outfit not only once, but four times during her arrival on the red carpet. The singer arrived accompanied by five dancers and began by wearing a Maxwell pink cape dress which featured 25-foot train and a giant bow.
The dress was then unzipped to reveal a corseted black get up underneath completed with black opera gloves.
After re-applying her lipstick in front of the paps, the star revealed a third outfit that took the form of a hot pink fitted dress, giving us true Material Girl vibes.
Gaga then proceeded to strip down one last time to reveal her crystal bra and bottoms which were paired with fishnet tights and her renowned black platform boots.
We don’t know about you but we have been completely wowed by this year’s theme and the celebrity’s incredible pink-carpet looks.
What do you think of this year’s Met Gala 2019 looks? Tell us your favourite in the comments below.
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Texts: Chloe Humphries
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