Inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’,” the 2019 Met Gala theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” with a dress code of “studied banality.” The night was defined by eccentric and extravagant clothing in bright and bold colors and often highlighted by jewels or sparkling fabrics. Certainly one of the most memorable Met Galas of recent years, “Camp: Notes on Fashion” was a fabulous evening of striking outfits.
Of course, we’ll start with Met Gala icon Gemma Chan. Chan walked the carpet in an all-crystal embellished evening gown and cape by Tom Ford and donned a stunning massive headpiece by Raven Kauffman. Headwear was common throughout the night, and many other attendees enhanced their outfits with elaborate, sparkly headwear. Katy Perry wore a chandelier headpiece to match her Moschino chandelier look, while Danai Gurira’s top hat perfectly complemented her feminine gentleman look which she teamed with a cane. Cara Delevingne also shocked the mat with a helmet made of a seemingly random assortment of items, including bananas and eyeballs.
The rug also saw a plethora of pink looks, many of which were beautifully done. Lana Condor’s Giambattista Valli Haute Couture look, a fluffy baby pink tulle gown, was standout, though perhaps not the most on-theme. Likewise, Emma Roberts brought out her inner Chanel Oberlin, whose signature color was pink, in a darker pink tulle dress and complementary flowers in her hair from the same designer as Condor. Lizzo went all pink, with neon pink hair and a pink feathered cape, and even Anna Wintour herself wore a pink dress with floral embellishments. Even with all the gorgeous pink looks, one person comes out on top – Kacey Musgraves. Musgraves channeled Barbie with her look, with blonde hair and a hair dryer purse to complement her leather jacket and feather boa — all pink, of course.
When thinking about camp, one of the key factors is irony. Camp is defined as something that attracts because it is absurd or ironic. According to this definition, some participants understood the theme perfectly. Hailee Steinfeld wore a purple and green ombre dress by Viktor & Rolf with the words “No Photos Please” embroidered on the front – an ironic statement when you attend a heavily photographed event. In terms of absurdity, Billy Porter hauled around on a lounge chair in an all-gold look might take the top spot; however, Jared Leto in a red Gucci dress and crystal harness wearing a replica of his own head is also up there with some of the most absurd looks.
The 2019 Met Gala was truly a moment in pop culture history, whether it was because of the looks or the jokes. With Zendaya’s Cinderella look and Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s related jokes resembling the movie’s stepsisters, Karlie Kloss’ Twitter post that she was “looking camp straight in the eye” and everyone’s disappointment. world when Rihanna wasn’t around, it was truly a night to remember for fashionistas, celebrity fans, and Twitter enthusiasts.