Met Gala 2019 red carpet: All the stars arrive in crazy ‘camp’ theme

The brightest stars in fashion and Hollywood collide Monday at the Met Gala, the biggest party of the year thrown by the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Met Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and is the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York fashion calendar.

It is famous for attracting luminaries of Hollywood, of fashion, music, sports, TV and the stage for an evening of fashion and charity to mark the museum’s spring exhibit.

This year, the exhibit and gala are dedicated to the idea of ‘camp,’ as defined by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp.’ 

Pretty outrageous in pink: Lady Gaga made a VERY grand entrance at the Met Gala in New York on Monday night. Her incredible dress was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell

Pretty outrageous in pink: Lady Gaga made a VERY grand entrance at the Met Gala in New York on Monday night. Her incredible dress was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell

Pretty outrageous in pink: Lady Gaga made a VERY grand entrance at the Met Gala in New York on Monday night. Her incredible dress was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell 

You can't rain on her parade: She floated down the red carpet surrounded by a men in suits carrying umbrellas

You can't rain on her parade: She floated down the red carpet surrounded by a men in suits carrying umbrellas

You can’t rain on her parade: She floated down the red carpet surrounded by a men in suits carrying umbrellas 

What a performance! The men in suits lifted up her dress up and down like a parachute in a choreographed display

What a performance! The men in suits lifted up her dress up and down like a parachute in a choreographed display

What a performance! The men in suits lifted up her dress up and down like a parachute in a choreographed display 

Strip tease: The pop star peeled off her voluminous jacket... to reveal a chic black gown

Strip tease: The pop star peeled off her voluminous jacket... to reveal a chic black gown

She revealed a chic black gown

She revealed a chic black gown

Strip tease: The pop star peeled off her voluminous jacket to reveal a chic black gown

Another trick up her sleeve: She then stripped off her black dress to reveal a pink frock

Another trick up her sleeve: She then stripped off her black dress to reveal a pink frock

She's a show stopper! The singer really pulled out all the stops

She's a show stopper! The singer really pulled out all the stops

Another reveal! Lady Gaga’s transformation continued as she peeled off her black dress to reveal a pink frock 

The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear

The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear

The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear

The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear

The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear 

The Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Benefit, is always chaired by a team of high-wattage celebrities, and this year is no exception. 

The event is chaired by pop star and actress-of-the-moment Lady Gaga, tennis star Serena Williams, and singer Harry Styles, along with Gucci designer Alessandro Michele and, as always, Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Wintour said she believes this year’s Met Gala to be about ‘self expression’ and ‘individuality’, noting that she wanted to see ‘outrageous, fun, tongue in cheek’ fashion on the red carpet.  

The new theme seems decidedly more lighthearted than last year’s hugely successful Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, about the relationship between fashion and Catholicism.

That sumptuous, sprawling show drew more visitors than any Costume Institute exhibit — more than 1.3 million to the Met’s main Fifth Avenue location, and nearly 200,000 to its Cloisters branch — and indeed was one of the most attended shows in the museum’s history.

Here we go! Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee were among the first to arrive at the event

Here we go! Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee were among the first to arrive at the event

Here we go! Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee were among the first to arrive at the event 

VIP: Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour

VIP: Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour

Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour

Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour

VIP: Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour

The next generation: Bee Carrozzini made a statement in a rose inspired dress

The next generation: Bee Carrozzini made a statement in a rose inspired dress

The next generation: Bee Carrozzini made a statement in a rose inspired dress 

‘Fashion is the most overt and enduring conduit of the camp aesthetic,’ said Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute and creator of its blockbuster shows. Bolton said the 2019 show would ‘advance creative and critical dialogue about the ongoing and ever-evolving impact of camp on fashion.’

The exhibit will feature approximately 175 objects, not only clothing but also sculptures, paintings, and drawings.

Designers to be featured in the show include: Cristóbal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Charles James, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Prada, Versace and many more.

The Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibit will run from May 9 through Sept. 8.

So elegant: DailyMailTV's Alicia Quarles hit the red carpet, high off the show's first ever Daytime Emmys win

So elegant: DailyMailTV's Alicia Quarles hit the red carpet, high off the show's first ever Daytime Emmys win

So elegant: DailyMailTV’s Alicia Quarles hit the red carpet, high off the show’s first ever Daytime Emmys win 

Inside the invite-only Met Gala: Anna Wintour approves the guest list… and stars pay $35,000 per seat

 The annual Met Gala extravaganza raises money for the museum’s Costume Institute kicks off the Met’s annual major fashion exhibition — look out, because the theme is ‘camp.’

And the more outrageous the outfit, the better for the Met Gala red carpet, where the A-listers strut their stuff, usually in the most eye-popping ensemble they can find to match the theme.

Last year, Rihanna showed up in full papal-esque regalia, and Madonna wore a regal black gown – with a see-through cross in the bodice – to go along with the ‘Heavenly Bodies’ concept.

Want a seat? They go for $35,000 a piece.

Attendance is by invitation only, and word has it that Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list.

Organizers did reveal a smattering of names last month — members of the so-called ‘host committee’ — and so expect to see Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, Katy Perry and Priyanka Chopra.

Wintour co-chairs the event this year with an eclectic mix of boldface names — Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, pop diva Lady Gaga, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams.

 

Met Gala 2019 theme: So what does ‘Notes on Camp’ mean…?

So what exactly is ‘camp’?

The museum’s exhibition is based on ‘Notes on Camp,’ an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag.

‘Camp is by nature subversive (…) confronting and challenging the status quo,’ the Costume Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton said Monday at a press event about the exhibition before the gala.

‘In the end, the purpose of camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.’

Some of the items in the exhibition might best explain the theme: the ‘swan dress’ worn by Bjork to the Oscars, a glittering costume worn by flamboyant US singer Liberace, a shower head necklace designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe in the 1980s.

‘We’re experiencing a resurgence of camp — not just in fashion, but in culture in general,’ said Bolton.

‘Camp tends to come to the fore in moments of social and political instability. The 1960s was one such moment as were the 1980s.’

The exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ — a play on the title of Sontag’s essay — formally opens at the Met on Thursday and runs through September 8.

 

 

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