As fashion’s biggest night of the year unfolds, celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Isha Ambani, Lady Gaga and Deepika Padukone walk the Met Gala 2019 red carpet in looks you don’t want to miss.
Expect to see a truly outrageous and over-the-top red carpet this year. The theme of the Met Gala 2019 Costume Exhibition is “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” A large part of the exhibition will explore how irony, humor, parody, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion. Other sections will highlight Versailles along with queer subcultures of Europe and America dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Attendees are encouraged to let the theme of the exhibit inspire their sartorial choices—and year on year, celebrities leave no stone unturned in making sure this appearance makes the most impact.
Since 1995, the event has been chaired by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who enlists public figures to serve as her co-chairs. The Met Gala 2019, which marks the event’s 71th anniversary, is co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles and Serena Williams.
This year’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme is sure to deliver a bout of wild, over-the-top red carpet moments.
Lady Gaga was among the first to arrive at the scene, making a dramatic entrance in a custom Brandon Maxwell gown. Leave it to Gaga to show up in a Russian nesting doll of a dress—four looks in one, each layered under the other, requiring a village to help her unveil each style.
Priyanka Chopra opted for a custom Dior outfit and walked the red carpet with husband Nick Jonas.
Deepika Padukone, who is a global icon, also graced the event once again this year and stunned in a pink Zac Posen custom-made gown. She channeled the inner barbie princess in her look.
Technically she wore about ten feet of tulle and silk organza of Thom Browne, topped with 30,000 burned and dyed coque feathers—all topped off with a Stephen Jones x Thom Browne hat. But who cares about personal mobility when you’re busy looking like a glamorous cartoon villain, destined to be a favorite of dramatic little kids everywhere?
These two did not shy from the theme, looking like a cross of something between Vegas showgirls, Lil Kim, and as Kendall’s own Instastories pointed out, the Wicked Stepsisters from Cinderella. But make it fashion.
This spectacularly memorable experience—calling it “a look” undersells it—was apparently inspired by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, the Egyptian Sun God, and Cher, but people are going to be referencing him for years to come.
The model channelled the ultimate camp icon, Cher, in this bold interpretation of a Bob Mackie dress, complete with a winged headpiece.
Apparently, Mugler himself came out of retirement to design this for Kim and, look, the man knows what he’s doing: As intended, she does photograph as if she’s soaking wet, just as she is on the current cover of Vogue. From both a technical standpoint and that of corporate synergy—Kim’s real strength—it’s impressive.
Just a world of thanks to Katy for making this so uncomplicated for those of us who like to riff on celebrities. When she arrived in this literally electrified human chandelier getup.
Someone forgot to give Gigi a giant pair of ridiculous sunglasses, but other than that, this is pretty perfect. Sir Elton is probably proud—and maybe a little jealous. That coat is amazing. You know he’s calling Michael Kors to see if he can get one for himself.
Can we all just take a moment and applaud Michael Urie for freaking going for it? This is some Victor/Victoria realness and it’s major.
This is spooky genius, and we applaud that he went all-in for his first ever Met Gala. The only concern: How can he possibly top this?
She pulled up in a Barbie car in a pink leather motorcycle gown and pink cat eye sunnies. This is what you call a moment. But this is a pitch-perfect echo, from the expression on her face, to the hair and makeup, to the shape of the tiny sunglasses, to the hair dryer purse.
Much like the Met Gala’s only main host, Anna Wintour.