Met Gala 2019 Goes Camp

Cardi B could also go camp-ing with that sleeping bag-esque train. She gets extra points for the double-entendre.

Cardi B could also go camp-ing with that sleeping bag-esque train. She gets extra points for the double-entendre.

If you had been wondering how to interpret the “Camp” theme of this year’s Met Gala, I submit to you Exhibit A: Cardi B in Thom Browne. She seized ALL the opportunities. Not only did she go over the top in terms of the gown’s design (color, gems in fantastical places, excessively long and puffy train, feathers, head-covering) as the theme dictates, she also made her entrance a piece of performance art with a fleet of beautiful men arranging her train and tending to her. If I had to define “camp” in one word it would be: exaggerated. This look definitely qualifies.

Let’s see who else took their look to the level of theater.

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There are certain people who embody camp and Katy Perry is, well, in that camp. This Moschino chandelier look (that weighed 40 pounds) embraced the theme and became walking art.

Billy Porter being, transported (transportered??) by shirtless models. As one does.

Billy Porter being, transported (transportered??) by shirtless models. As one does.

Gaga who lives and breathes camp obviously went big. She had 4 Brandon Maxwell outfits for the carpet but this was by far her best. Her entourage hit their marks perfectly.

Gaga who lives and breathes camp obviously went big. She had 4 Brandon Maxwell outfits for the carpet but this was by far her best. Her entourage hit their marks perfectly.

I really appreciated those attendees who didn’t simply opt to look pretty or perfect by playing it safe, but instead went weird and wonderful:

Ezra Miller in trippy-effect make up.

Ezra Miller in trippy-effect make up.

The eyes have it: Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano

The eyes have it: Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano

Make-up games were also strong last night. My favorite detail was the exaggerated eyelashes.

Gigi Hadid in Michael Kors outfit and long white wispy lashes.

Gigi Hadid in Michael Kors outfit and long white wispy lashes.

Gaga in feathery, multi-colored lashes and lips to match her gown.

Gaga in feathery, multi-colored lashes and lips to match her gown.

And props must be given to Elle Fanning’s next level manicure. Camp suits her, yes? I feel she’s going to get cast in something 60’s due to this look.

And props must be given to Elle Fanning’s next level manicure. Camp suits her, yes? I feel she’s going to get cast in something 60’s due to this look.

Pink - especially of the bubblegum variety, played the biggest color role on the carpet (which was also pink!). My favorite example as far as it supported the camp theme was Kasey Musgraves serving a full-on Barbie look:

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Hailey Baldwin in an Alexander Wang thong dress is another good example.

Hailey Baldwin in an Alexander Wang thong dress is another good example.

Many managed to look pretty AND dial up their own personal styles to a degree befitting the theme:

Ciara’s Diana Ross inspired hair was gorgeous.

Ciara’s Diana Ross inspired hair was gorgeous.

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford was one of the most elegant and beautiful interpretations. The fit on this gown could not be more perfect.

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford was one of the most elegant and beautiful interpretations. The fit on this gown could not be more perfect.

When what defines you is over-exposure, it says something when you manage to WOW. Kendall Jenner in Versace doing showgirl-chic was an on-point moment.

When what defines you is over-exposure, it says something when you manage to WOW. Kendall Jenner in Versace doing showgirl-chic was an on-point moment.

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci is a great example of an exaggerated but elegant version of already fully- realized personal style.

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci is a great example of an exaggerated but elegant version of already fully- realized personal style.

Jeremy Scott is camp. Always. I’m meh about Gwen’s outfit but THAT COAT will live on in my dreams forevermore.

Jeremy Scott is camp. Always. I’m meh about Gwen’s outfit but THAT COAT will live on in my dreams forevermore.

Let’s peep a few more folks who nailed the theme in large part because their lives are synonymous with the idea of camp:

Joan Collins in Valentino did not disappoint. (Sidenote: Adut looks gorgeous in the extreme.)

Joan Collins in Valentino did not disappoint. (Sidenote: Adut looks gorgeous in the extreme.)

Celine was working her Oscar de la Renta to great effect.

Celine was working her Oscar de la Renta to great effect.

Dapper Dan. Enough said.

Dapper Dan. Enough said.

Violet Chachki, a burlseque artist, in a dress resembling an opera length glove.

Violet Chachki, a burlseque artist, in a dress resembling an opera length glove.

Bravo! Overall I felt the attendees understood and executed the theme quite well this year. I can’t wait to see more camp this weekend when I head to the Met to view the show live.