Somehow it comes as no surprise that, this year’s stars from the limelight not only managed to embody the extravaganza, but also, they stole the show by taking everything to the extreme on the “Oscars of the fashion world”, as Vogue calls the 2019 Met Gala, that took place on the first Monday of May in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the city that never sleeps. Just like part and parcel of the previous editions of the gala that stands for flamboyance and opulence, this year’s edition titillated the crowds with a real heightened sensory overload, offering an offbeat and eerie vibe to be soaked in.Embed from Getty Images
Originally meant to stand for fundraising sizeable donations from the well-heeled elites of New York City (for the Met’s Costume Institute), now, the annually held Met Gala is considered one of the fashion world’s gathering momentums. Each year, it marks the opening of a new era in the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s world, while doing it in an entirely in-vogue way. During the cocktail hours, celebrities stroll down gracefully the red carpet wearing daring ensembles, then they sit down to have dinner and peep the evening’s main performance, this year Cher captivated the keen beholders. The participants’ looks are crucially important at the ball, as costumes have to match the theme of each year’s exhibition’s. The 71st edition revolved around Camp: Notes On Fashion.
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“The hallmark of camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers”Susan Sontag (essay: Notes On Camp, 1964)
Some of the most striking fashion choices at the Met Ball:
Feathers, vivid hued theatrical evening gowns, along with more than 200 fine art and upscale fashion pieces were to unravel before the eyes of the beholders at the Met Ball. Gucci, Dior, Michael Kors, Versace, Moschino, Brandon Maxwell, Oscar de la Renta, Erdem dresses and an abundance of other literal pieces of artworks hold sway at the gala. Still, as diverse as the garments and those rocking them were, they had some things in common: the artifacts combined creative vision with a sense of 21st-Century-awareness, meaning that some pieces pinpointed currect issues, controversial topics.Embed from Getty Images
Cara Delevigne‘s Dior LGBT rainbow-flagged dress has made a clear visual statement and hailed the idea of the model’s definition about Camp: “an expression of your most outrageous”, as Harper’s Bazaar reports.Embed from Getty Images
The gala’s co-chair Harry Styles challenged gender norms in a sportive lassie’s sheer Gucci attire, then he explained that Camp is nothing but pure enjoyment that walks hand in hand with the idea of “no judegement”, as he told Vogue’s reporter, Liza Koshy.Embed from Getty Images
Kim Kardashian made her arrival on the red carpet in a waist snatching custom Manfred Thierry Mugler dress, meanwhile her husband, Kanye West seemingly misunderstood the dress code and rocked a casual outfit.Embed from Getty Images
Others, like Katy Perry, still striked out as discordant in terms of appearance, yet she opted for a less culturally stirring solution. She was literally on fire, as the singer turned into a living chandelier in Moschino, impassioning and lighting up the whole ball.Embed from Getty Images
Jared Leto, singer of the Thirty Seconds to Mars (soon to be seen at Electric Castle Festival in Romania), made the cut and got campy, yet he might have looked the creepiest of all: he carried his own Gucci doppelgänger head.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Co-host Lady Gaga didn’t hesitate to shock the crowds, seemingly she had quite a whale if a time unveiling no less than four Brandon Maxwell outfits even before she entered the ball. Also, her look was enhanced with an outstandingly adorned face.
Catch a glimpse on the series of looks the A-list star incarnated during her grand entrance and get an insider’s-look at the dresses’ preparation: