On the fashion calendar, the first Monday in May marks the annual Met Gala, bringing together the biggest names in entertainment to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. And every year, guests are encouraged to dress for the event according to the spring exhibit’s theme. Last year, Rihanna dressed as the Pope and Ariana Grande “wore” part of the Sistine Chapel, in honor of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination”. For 2019, celebrities were told to interpret “camp,” setting the bar high for an event that’s already known for bringing out the most out-there outfits.
Inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 critical essay “Notes on ‘Camp'”, the 2019 Met Gala and Costume Institute exhibit is a celebration of elevated kitsch and exaggerated irony, as it appears in fashion. Camp, for the uninitiated, has been described as “style without content.” Some recent examples of this: the vintage Mugler shell gown Cardi B wore to the 2019 Grammys to Moschino’s Fall 2019 The Price Is Right collection. What does that mean for the red carpet? Head-turning—and meme-inspiring—looks to last us all year.
Here, catch up on every single campy look from the 2019 Met Gala.