All eyes were fixed on New York City today, as some of Hollywood’s brightest stars gathered at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the year’s biggest fashion extravaganza — the Met Gala — to help raise money and celebrate the opening of a new fashion exhibition at the museum.
The theme for this year was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, which, not to be confused with outdoor camping, is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1994 essay, Notes on Camp — referring to elements that are ironic, utterly extravagant, excessively theatrical and simply over-the-top.
From an Egyptian God to a full-blown chandelier, check out the stars who went all out for this year’s red (well, pink) carpet.
The best entrance: Billy Porter
When it comes to stealing the spotlight with jaw-dropping ensembles Billy Porter is, without a doubt, an expert. The talented actor made an impressive entrance at The Met Gala as he arrived on the pink carpet stretched out on a black velvet chaise longue, which was carried by six shirtless men in gold jeans and ancient Egyptian-inspired accessories. Porter, meanwhile, was seen donning a ‘Sun God’-inspired attire dreamed up by The Blonds, featuring a bejewelled catsuit, a 24-karat gold headpiece, custom gold Giuseppe Zanotti ankle boots and also sequinned eye make-up and lipstick for a full on ‘Egyptian God’ look. But that’s not all: as he left the chaise longue and approached the stairs, Porter, to everyone’s surprise, raised his arms to reveal a pair of 10-foot gold wings for an added layer of drama.
The most on-point: Ezra Miller
For an actor who once dressed as Hedwig at a movie premiere, Ezra Miller certainly has a knack for impressive, over-the-top styles, so we were rather excited to see what he would do for his Met Gala debut. And boy, wasn’t he born for this? The 29-year-old made a mysterious entrance hiding his look with a silver cape and face mask on stick, before revealing the pinstriped English-fit suit he was wearing underneath, which features a train and crystal cage corset — all custom made by Burberry. The real magic, however, was from the neck up: the five painted eyes across his face, topped with an Old Hollywood-esque wig and bold red lips for a truly brilliant, dramatic appeal that totally nailed this year’s theme.
The best performance: Lady Gaga
When it comes to theatrics and over-the-top exaggeration, Lady Gaga is, of course, the queen of both. The Met Gala co-chair went above and beyond by walking the pink carpet wearing not one but four outfits. She first entered the venue (accompanied by five male dancers carrying umbrellas) dressed in a voluminous fuchsia-coloured dress by Brandon Maxwell, topped with dramatic eyelashes and a gigantic bow. Then, to everyone’s surprise, she took off the bow and dress to reveal three other outfits underneath, including a strapless black dress, a body-hugging neon pink dress with oversized Linda Farrow sunglasses and fake old-school mobile phone; and lastly, black bejewelled lingerie over fishnet tights and statement boots. To finish off her performance, she even pulled out a House of Gaga wagon filled with alcohol, before climbing the stairs and falling down in a dramatic end pose.
The most ‘lit’: Katy Perry
Never one to shy away from over-the-top, risky styles (she changed into a hamburger costume later in the night), Katy Perry teamed up with her long time collaborator, Moschino‘s Jeremy Scott, for this year’s Met Gala look, arriving on the pink carpet dressed as a human chandelier — literally lighting the place up. “Who has ever been to a ball that did not have a chandelier?” Scott explained to Vogue regarding his design. The outfit, topped with working light-bulbs, turned out to quite a painstaking job to complete. It took Scott and his team six weeks to cover the dress with Swarovski crystals before hanging actual chandelier pieces from the Swarovski’s lighting branch over the attire. To make sure the lights work, the designer inserted a built-in corset with 18 steel bones and two hidden packs of batteries. We can’t imagine how difficult it must be to walk around in this dress, and most intriguingly, how those assigned next to Perry at the table managed to get seated.
The most bizarre: Cardi B
Cardi B arrived on the pink carpet covered in head-to-toe oxblood wearing an ultra-dramatic custom Thom Browne gown, complete with a matching headpiece by Stephen Jones and 44-carat ruby nipples custom-designed by Stefere Jewerly (they cost a whopping US$250k!). The hand-embroidered dress itself was meticulously created, featuring 30,000 burned and dyed coque feathers, as well as a 3-metre down-filled train made from tulle and silk organza that took 35 people and over 2,000 hours to complete. Though the star’s look was definitely a show-stopper, we aren’t entirely sure what our feelings are on the ensemble. The gown is meant to accentuate the female figure, yet we can’t help but see a giant bird. Perhaps it’s an intentional reference to her famous pigeon-sounding catchphrase?
Check out other outstanding looks from this year’s Met Gala below: