Met Gala 2019: Celebrities reveal their ‘campest’ looks on the red carpet

Lady Gaga

The Met Gala, an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is considered one of the world’s biggest fashion events.

It is known for its exclusive guest list, its expensive tickets and – most of all – its extravagant outfits, based on a different theme each year.

This year, that theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion – to coincide with an upcoming exhibition at the Met, inspired by US writer and political activist Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

  • The stories behind the Met Gala outfits

The outfits this year were therefore, like the exhibition, based on “irony, humour, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration”.

And showing everyone how it was done at the very start of the night was singer Lady Gaga, who arrived in a billowing pink outfit which was not quite what it seemed at first glance.

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Image captionLady Gaga, one of the event’s co-hosts, arrived in a billowing pink outfit…
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Image captionWhich opened up to reveal a black gown, her second outfit…
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Image captionWhich was then cast aside in favour of Lady Gaga’s third outfit, a slim-fitting pink gown
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Image caption…Which she then took off, to reveal her final outfit
Serena WilliamsImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionSerena Williams, who is also co-hosting, arrived in a neon yellow gown – with matching Nike trainers
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Image captionSinger Janelle Monae turned heads in a gown complete with a blinking eye
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Lupita Nyong'o smilesImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionKenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o smiles for the camera
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Image captionActor Michael Urie has gone for two looks in one
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Ezra Miller holds up a maskImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionActor Ezra Miller shows off some very impressive (and unsettling) make-up art
Katy PerryImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionKaty Perry is dressed as a chandelier
Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrives for the 2019 Met GalaImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionReality TV family the Kardashians were out in force for this year’s event
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Image captionHere are newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who are said to have first met at the Met Gala in 2017
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British actress Sophie Turner and husband musician Joe Jonas arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New YorkImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThey were followed down the red carpet by Nick’s older brother Joe and his even newer wife, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner
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Image captionBollywood star Deepika Padukone channelled Barbie in a large pink gown
Laverne CoxImage copyrightAFP
Image captionLaverne Cox went for a sleek black dress and bold make up
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Harry StylesImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe third co-host is Harry Styles, who wore a sheer black top and high-waisted trousers
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Alessandro MicheleImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionAlessandro Michele, of Gucci fashion house, is the event’s final co-host
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Billy Porter
Image captionSinger Billy Porter made an entrance before flexing his wings in front of the crowds
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Image captionAnd theatre owner Jordan Roth has, very aptly, turned himself into a theatre hall
Celine DionImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionCeline Dion, perhaps the original queen of ‘camp’, did not disappoint
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Jared Leto holds up a model of his headImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionActor Jared Leto clearly believes that two heads are better than one
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AquariaImage copyrightAFP
Image captionUS drag queen Aquaria went for painted hair and diamante hand-pieces
Yara ShahidiImage copyrightAFP
Image captionWhile actor Yara Shahidi has gone all out with the feathers…
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Anna WintourImage copyrightEPA
Image caption…Much like the Met Gala’s main host, Vogue editor Anna Wintour
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