The final time the world had a Met Gala was in 2019, and the theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”
Aside from a spot youngsters go in the summer season, camp — based on the Merriam-Webster dictionary — is “a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture.”
To nobody’s shock, the Met Gala-going crowd took that idea in lots of instructions.
Lady Gaga, a identified camp connoisseur and a number of 2019’s Met Gala, donned not one however 4 totally different outfits. She arrived in a fuchsia robe with an exaggerated prepare; eliminated it to disclose an asymmetrical black costume; eliminated that to disclose a sizzling pink form-fitting costume; and eventually, stripped right down to a shiny black bra and panties. All the outfits had been designed by Brandon Maxwell, a former vogue director of Ms. Gaga’s. Predictably, the look was additionally memed.
Cardi B additionally hopped on the lengthy prepare trigger with a customized Thom Browne feathery pink robe that encircled her (and would have definitely compelled social distance, although we weren’t utilizing that time period a lot again then).
Cardi B, in customized Thom Browne, at the 2019 Met Gala.Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times
Jared Leto walked in carrying a lifelike mannequin of his personal head, a reference to Gucci’s 2018 fall vogue present in Milan, the place runway fashions additionally held copies of their very own heads. Billy Porter channeled the Egyptian solar god, Ra, with 10-foot lengthy wings, a gold headpiece and a catsuit. Katy Perry dressed like a chandelier with a headpiece that weighed 40 kilos.
When requested she would sit, she responded, “you don’t sit down at the Met.”