Last night, my all-time favorite red carpet event took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: the Met Gala 2019. Personally speaking, this year’s exhibition theme: «Camp: Notes on Fashion», based on an essay from 1964 by the late Susan Sonntag, delivered a bout of wild, over-the-top fashion moments. It was like a playground to dress up for all fashion aficionados.
Even the hostess went gaga: Anna Wintour in an embroidered Chanel gown with feathery cape.
If you seem confused… in this case, camp is not to be mistaken as in sleeping bags and tents, but camp as in exaggerated fashion. Sonntag’s essay, that provides the framework for the exhibition, defines camp as «love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration» and examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion. The exhibition will be open to the public from May 9 – September 8, 2019.
This was her theme! Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell changed her outfit four times!
Co-hosted by two fashion-loving celebrities: Lady Gaga and Harry Styles and sponsored by Gucci. What do you want more?
The exhibition itself is featuring both men’s and womenswear, over 200 pieces of fashion, along with sculptures, paintings, and drawings from the 17th century through today. The works of versatile designers from Alexander McQueen to John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo to Mugler, Mary Katrantzou to Jeremy Scott, and more are featured. What I have seen so far, among the exhibited items are many pieces that also hang in my closet. I couldn’t be more proud of my collection…
Before the Hollywood royalty and fashionistas presented themselves on the red carpet in front of the Metropolitan Museum, they met in the nearby «The Mark». The hotel is the venue for Anna Wintour‘s «pre-party» of the glamorous event every year. Definitely the place to stay!
Below are my favorite looks of the night… enjoy!
My favorite outfit! My favorite reveal! Thierry Mugler himself is back, now called Manfred, and envisioned Kim Kardashian as a California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping. This latex dress took 8 months to make and is for me a true innovation on the runway!
Reminiscent of the Gucci runway: Jared Leto with his beheaded doppelganger
OMG! To die for! Cardi B in Thom Browne
Looking sensational: Saoirse Ronan in Gucci
She looked like a young Linda Evangelista in the ’90s: Bella Hadid in Moschino.
Harry Styles in Gucci
In keeping with the evening’s theme of camp, Ezra Miller turned up with the most outstanding optical illusion. His attire? Custom Burberry by Riccardo Tisci.
All about hats: Janelle Monáe in Christian Siriano.
I love pink, I love Barbie and I love this: Multi Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves channeled a true fashion icon, Barbie, in Moschino.
Colorful: Lupita Nyong’o in custom Versace and Bulgari jewelry.
Stunning Gemma Chan in and with Tom Ford. Best accessory: having the designer at your side.
Katy Perry in a chandelier dress by Moschino.
Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta
What an entrance! Billy Porter wore a custom-made sun god outfit by New York City-based designer duo The Blonds.
Blue hair, don’t care: Lucy Boynton in Prada.
I loved this. What a Cinderella moment for Zendaya. Sporting a glowing, Disney-esque gown designed by Tommy Hilfiger, and accompanied by her stylist Law Roach who transformed with the wave of a wand Zendaya’s dress into a glowing ensemble. She even left a glass slipper.
Lily Collins opted for an ivory ruffled gown which featured a flowing train by Salvatore Ferragamo. Very ’60s – very sweetheart.
Fresh off the Couture Week runways, Hailee Steinfeld sparked in Viktor & Rolf slogan couture gown. It was a perfect match as Anna Wintour had forbidden cameras, iPhones inside the event…
This was by far my favorite Met Gala of all and I cannot wait to see the exhibition!
Photos: Courtesy of Vogue, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Images