Kim Kardashian’s killer corset, Cardi B’s duvet dream, Katy Perry the chandelier and Lady Gaga’s strip tease: Met Gala stars compete to be the queen of ‘camp’ on most OUTRAGEOUS red carpet yet
The brightest stars in fashion and Hollywood collide Monday at the Met Gala, the biggest party of the year thrown by the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
And three paragons of style – Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga – were determined to make the most of their entrance as they commanded attention in outrageous ensembles.
Kim draped her famous figure in an eye-popping corset, Katy transformed herself into a living chandelier and Gaga performed an over-the-top strip tease.
Killer corset: Kim Kardashian commanded attention in a skintight corset for the 2019 Met Gala in New York on Monday
Kim donning the shimmering nude ensemble as her husband Kanye West joined her on the pink carpet. He was absent from the Met Gala last year.
The Maison Mugler gown was perfect for showcasing the reality stars iconic curves, with the beaded detail giving the illusion that she was caught in the rain.
Katy arrived looking like an actual chandelier with three layers of light-up candles surrounding her sparkly silver Moschino dress.
And even though she was solo without her fiance Orlando Bloom, Katy was more than enough for the eager shutterbugs as she took the them of ‘camp’ to a new level.
Shimmering: Kim donning the shimmering nude ensemble as her husband Kanye West joined her on the pink carpet. He was absent from the Met Gala last year.
Rear view: Kim’s pert derriere took center stage as the Maison Mugler gown hugged her iconic curves
‘Who has ever been to a ball that did not have a chandelier?!,’ shared designer Jermey Scott. ‘The idea of elegance itself is quite camp and I wanted to play with that concept, poke a lil fun at it with a loving nudge.’
Cardi B wore an all-red gown with a dramatic, over-the-top train that billowed behind her on the pink carpet.
The oxblood custom Thom Browne gown extended outward in concentric circles for about ten feet.
‘I designed this dress for Cardi specifically because she has the ultimate beauty in a woman’s body, and that is what the dress is about for me: taking advantage of that beauty,’ said Thom Browne to Vogue.
Her own red carpet: Cardi B wore an all-red gown with a dramatic, over-the-top train that billowed behind her on the pink carpet
Fan it out: The oxblood custom Thom Browne gown extended outward in concentric circles
Female form: ‘I designed this dress for Cardi specifically because she has the ultimate beauty in a woman’s body, and that is what the dress is about for me: taking advantage of that beauty,’ said Thom Browne
It was made from tulle and silk organza and filled with down. The hand-embroidered dress was also decorated with 30,000 feathers. It took 35 people more than 2,000 hours to create.
Lady Gaga – one of this year’s co-chairs – arrived in a humongous bright pink satin gown that boasted puffy sleeves and a matching oversized bow on her platinum locks as it was carried by a number of tuxedo-wearing men with black umbrellas.
The ensemble was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell.
Light it up: Katy arrived looking like an actual chandelier with three layers of light-up candles surrounding her sparkly silver Moschino by Jeremy Scott dress
Queens of fashion: Katy gave pause for Diane von Furstenberg to make her entrance
But the outrageous number was just the first of four different looks the Born This Way singer would reveal at the annual soiree.
After parading up and down the stairs of the Met, Gaga took the gown off to reveal a strapless black dress underneath and posed with one of the umbrellas.
And after a few turns for the eager shutterbugs, she stripped off the black number for another dazzling pink gown – this one form-fitting – as she added large retro sunglasses and a brick-size cell phone to the third look.
Pretty outrageous in pink: Lady Gaga made a VERY grand entrance at the Met Gala in New York on Monday night. Her incredible outfit was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell
You can’t rain on her parade: She floated down the red carpet surrounded by a men in suits carrying umbrellas
What a performance! The men in suits lifted up her dress up and down like a parachute in a choreographed display. The display seemed to be inspired by Mary Poppins
Strip tease: The pop star peeled off her voluminous jacket to reveal a chic black gown
Finally, the pop princess stripped down to her final showstopper which was a risque set of lingerie – including a black bra, sheer leggings, and impossibly high stiletto heels.
Singer Harry Styles – one of the event’s chair – donned a flamenco-inspired, gender-fluid look designed by Gucci.
He walked the red carpet with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.
Another reveal! Lady Gaga’s transformation continued as she peeled off her black dress to reveal a pink frock
The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear – including a black bra, sheer leggings, and impossibly high stiletto heels
Met Gala co-chair Serena Williams wore Versace with Off-White Nike sneakers. She was joined by her husband Alexis Ohanian.
Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee were among the first to arrive at the event.
Billy Porter of Pose fame was carried onto the red carpet by six shirtless men, who wore gold pants and headpieces.
Sizzling sisters: Kylie Jenner wore a purple figure-hugging gown by Versace. Kendall Jenner opted for a glamorous orange feathered dress by the Italian fashion house as well
Stunning siblings: The sisters showcased their famous figures in similar gowns boasting outrageous trim
Family affair: Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye , Kim , Kendall , Kylie and Travis Scott posed for a fantastic family photo
Blonde ambition! Kris Jenner turned herself into a blonde bombshell for the event as she looked incredible in a navy Tommy Hilfiger jumpsuit
Karlie Kloss dazzled in gold as she wore a dress by Dapper Dan. She was accompanied by her husband Joshua Kushner.
Kendall Jenner opted for a glamorous orange feathered dress by Versace. By her side, her sister Kylie Jenner wore a purple figure-hugging gown also by the Italian fashion house, with hair colored to match.
Celine Dion commanded attention as a Vegas showgirl in a number by Oscar de la Renta. Rachel Brosnahan looked beautiful in a Erdem gown.
Flawless: Jennifer Lopez wore a glitzy silver beaded plunging dress from Versace and a flapper-style diamond cap, accessorized with Harry Winston diamond necklace, earrings, bracelets and rings
Gwybeth Paltrow rocked a yellow maxi dress by Chloé with high-neck ruched design, shoes by Jimmy Choo and jewelry by Glenn Spiro.
Miley Cyrus commanded attention on the red carpet in a YSL sparkling gown as she was joined by husband Liam Hemsworth. Bella Hadid stepped out in the elegant black Moschino gown with a cutout at the hip.
Kris Jenner turned herself into a blonde bombshell for the event as she looked incredible in a Tommy Hilfiger jumpsuit. Hailey Baldwin looked pretty in pink in her couture Alexander Wang gown
Tiffany Haddish called her look ‘Pimperella’ as she rocked a zebra striped Michael Kors suit. Saoirse Ronan looked so amazing on the pink carpet in her red Gucci gown.
Katie Holmes wore a gorgeous purple gown by Zac Posen with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Twirling beauty: Giselle had fun twirling her pleated, sustainable metallic gown by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri
‘She’s like the [image of the] Sacred Heart Madonna. It feels very Gucci and also feels very her. It’s romantic and slightly dark,’ said stylist Kate Young to InStyle about Dakota Johnson’s Gucci ensemble.
Newlyweds Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner coordinated their Louis Vuitton looks on the red carpet.
Lupita Nyong’o donned a Versace gown featuriing a pink star pattern and bold rainbow ruffles along her shoulder.
Emily Ratajkowski stunned in a Dundas outfit that featured an angel wings headpiece.
Glittering goddess: Gigi Hadid looked every inch the cover girl in her Michael Kors jumpsuit
Is she fur real? Gwen Stefani dazzled in all white as she rocked a white fur coat that puddled around her feet. She is wearing Jeremy Scott and Christian Louboutin shoes
Kristen Stweart rocked bleached eyebrows, orange hair and a black sequin crop top and white pants for her Chanel look for the night.
Gwen Stefani dazzled in all white as she rocked a white fur coat that puddled around her feet. She is wearing Jeremy Scott and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Jennifer Lopez wore a glitzy silver beaded plunging dress from Versace and a flapper-style diamond cap, accessorized with Harry Winston diamond necklace, earrings, bracelets and rings. Her beau Alex Rodriguez wore a pale pink jacket.
Legends: Naomi Campbell was a vision in purple perfection as Julianne Moore sparkled in gold
Pink delight: Nicki Minaj took the gala by storm in her impossibly long pink Prabal Gurung gown.
Sparkling stunners: Emily Blunt wore a custom Michael Kors Collection gown, custom Sam Edelman shoes, a Michael Kors clutch, a Stephen Jones headpiece, and Messika jewelry. Saoirse Ronan looked fantastic in a red Gucci gown.
Danai Garira was wearing a Gabriela Hearst outfit, Fred Leighton jewelry, and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Janelle Monae donned a custom Christian Siriano ensemble, which included an eye on her top that blinked on its own on the carpet.
Darren Criss got imaginative with his eye makeup as he wore Balmain with David Yurman rings. Yara Shahidi rocked Gucci as she styled her gorgeous raven tresses high on top of her head.
A little help needed: Dutch model Doutzen Kroes wowed onlookers in a magenta gown
Emily Blunt wore a custom Michael Kors Collection gown, custom Sam Edelman shoes, a Michael Kors clutch, a Stephen Jones headpiece, and Messika jewelry.
Carey Mulligan rocked Prada gown, sandals and clutch. Demi Moore donned a simple Saint Laurent dress and Harry Winston jewelry.
Kacey Musgraves transformed into a life-size Barbie doll while walking the carpet. Halsey stunned in a Prabal Gurung dress.
Blonde bombshells: Carey Mulligan rocked Prada gown, sandals and clutch as Elle Fanning gave off a retro feel in her brightly colored Miu Miu ensemble
Babe in blue: Candace Swanepoel showed off her gorgeous gams as the gown featured a high slit
Ace night out! Met Gala co-chair Serena Williams wore Versace with Off-White Nike sneakers. She was joined by her husband Alexis Ohanian
Flash the flesh! Joan Smalls gave a leggy display in her fabulous frock as Zoe Kravitz showed off her ample assets in a gown with a heart cut-out on her chest
Purple perfection: Katie Holmes wore a gorgeous purple gown by Zac Posen with Lorraine Schwartz jewels
Natural stunner: Karlie Kloss dazzled in gold as she wore a dress by Dapper Dan. She was accompanied by her husband Joshua Kushner
Pretty as a petal: Rachel Brosnahan looked beautiful in a Erdem gown
Tattoo you: Ashley Graham gave a leggy display as her legs, hands, and the back of her blazer were adorned with the name of designer Dapper Dan
Dapper gents: Dapper Dan, Richard Madden, and 21 Savage were dressed to the nines in tailored suits. Baz Luhrmann walked the red carpet with his wife Catherine Martin.
Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina – who starred in Ocean’s 8 together – dazzled in gold metallic. Mindy wore Moschino. Awkwafina was dressed in Altuzarra.
The Met Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and is the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York fashion calendar.
Fringe for days: Celine Dion commanded attention as a Vegas showgirl in a number by Oscar de la Renta
Sophisticated chic: Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter graced the steps of the Met in sophisticated style
All that glitters: Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina – who starred in Ocean’s 8 together – dazzled in gold metallic. Mindy wore Moschino. Awkwafina was dressed in Altuzarra.
It is famous for attracting luminaries of Hollywood, of fashion, music, sports, TV and the stage for an evening of fashion and charity to mark the museum’s spring exhibit.
This year, the exhibit and gala are dedicated to the idea of ‘camp,’ as defined by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp.’
The Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Benefit, is always chaired by a team of high-wattage celebrities, and this year is no exception.
The event is chaired by pop star and actress-of-the-moment Lady Gaga, tennis star Serena Williams, and singer Harry Styles, along with Gucci designer Alessandro Michele and, as always, Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Here we go! Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee were among the first to arrive at the event
VIP: Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour dazzled in an Armani Prive look with a Chanel cape. Bee is wearing Alexander McQueen
The next generation: Bee Carrozzini made a statement in a rose inspired Alexander McQueen dress
All aboard! Laverne Cox vamped it up in a daring black dress by with train by Christian Siriano as Regina Hall was a golden goddess in a Dapper Dan gown
Wintour said she believes this year’s Met Gala to be about ‘self expression’ and ‘individuality’, noting that she wanted to see ‘outrageous, fun, tongue in cheek’ fashion on the red carpet.
The new theme seems decidedly more lighthearted than last year’s hugely successful Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, about the relationship between fashion and Catholicism.
That sumptuous, sprawling show drew more visitors than any Costume Institute exhibit — more than 1.3 million to the Met’s main Fifth Avenue location, and nearly 200,000 to its Cloisters branch — and indeed was one of the most attended shows in the museum’s history.
Stunners: Liza Koshy was pretty in Balmain pink as Wendi Murdoch went multi-color eccentric with her gown
What an entrance! Billy Porter was carried onto the red carpet by six shirtless men, who wore gold pants and headpieces
Winged glory: His Ancient Egypt-inspired outfit included a gold jumpsuit with wings and a gold crown
Gender fluid: Singer Harry Styles – one of the event’s chair – donned a flamenco-inspired, gender-fluid look designed by Gucci. He walked the red carpet with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele
‘Fashion is the most overt and enduring conduit of the camp aesthetic,’ said Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute and creator of its blockbuster shows. Bolton said the 2019 show would ‘advance creative and critical dialogue about the ongoing and ever-evolving impact of camp on fashion.’
The exhibit will feature approximately 175 objects, not only clothing but also sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
Designers to be featured in the show include: Cristóbal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Charles James, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Prada, Versace and many more.
The Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibit will run from May 9 through Sept. 8.
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Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list
The annual Met Gala extravaganza raises money for the museum’s Costume Institute kicks off the Met’s annual major fashion exhibition — look out, because the theme is ‘camp.’
And the more outrageous the outfit, the better for the Met Gala red carpet, where the A-listers strut their stuff, usually in the most eye-popping ensemble they can find to match the theme.
Last year, Rihanna showed up in full papal-esque regalia, and Madonna wore a regal black gown – with a see-through cross in the bodice – to go along with the ‘Heavenly Bodies’ concept.
Want a seat? They go for $35,000 a piece.
Attendance is by invitation only, and word has it that Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list.
Organizers did reveal a smattering of names last month — members of the so-called ‘host committee’ — and so expect to see Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, Katy Perry and Priyanka Chopra.
Wintour co-chairs the event this year with an eclectic mix of boldface names — Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, pop diva Lady Gaga, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams.
Met Gala 2019 theme: So what does ‘Notes on Camp’ mean…?
Lady Gaga’s dream theme! The pop star embraced ‘camp’ on the Met Gala red carpet
So what exactly is ‘camp’?
The museum’s exhibition is based on ‘Notes on Camp,’ an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag.
‘Camp is by nature subversive (…) confronting and challenging the status quo,’ the Costume Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton said Monday at a press event about the exhibition before the gala.
‘In the end, the purpose of camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.’
Some of the items in the exhibition might best explain the theme: the ‘swan dress’ worn by Bjork to the Oscars, a glittering costume worn by flamboyant US singer Liberace, a shower head necklace designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe in the 1980s.
‘We’re experiencing a resurgence of camp — not just in fashion, but in culture in general,’ said Bolton.
‘Camp tends to come to the fore in moments of social and political instability. The 1960s was one such moment as were the 1980s.’
The exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ — a play on the title of Sontag’s essay — formally opens at the Met on Thursday and runs through September 8.