The biggest names in fashion and Hollywood put on a true spectacle at the Met Gala on Monday night with outrageous – and at times down right ridiculous – interpretations the evening’s theme, ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion.’
The invitation-only event, famed for its A-list celebrities and haute couture gowns, is a benefit for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian, rapper Cardi B, singer Katy Perry and Oscar-winning super star Lady Gaga were among those competing to be the night’s queen of ‘camp’ with dramatic entrances and over-the-top ensembles.
Kim draped her famous figure in an eye-popping corset, Cardi B arrived wearing a giant duvet while Katy transformed herself into a living chandelier and Lady Gaga performed a four-outfit strip tease.
Kim donned the shimmering nude ensemble as her husband Kanye West joined her on the pink carpet. He was absent from the Met Gala last year.
The Maison Mugler gown was perfect for showcasing the reality stars iconic curves, with the beaded detail giving the illusion that she was caught in the rain.
Katy arrived looking like an actual chandelier with three layers of light-up candles surrounding her sparkly silver Moschino dress.
And even though she was solo without her fiance Orlando Bloom, Katy was more than enough for the eager shutterbugs as she took the theme of ‘camp’ to a new level.
‘Who has ever been to a ball that did not have a chandelier?!,’ shared designer Jeremy Scott. ‘The idea of elegance itself is quite camp and I wanted to play with that concept, poke a lil fun at it with a loving nudge.’
Cardi B wore an all-red gown with a dramatic, over-the-top train that billowed behind her on the pink carpet.
The oxblood custom Thom Browne gown extended outward in concentric circles for about ten feet.
‘I designed this dress for Cardi specifically because she has the ultimate beauty in a woman’s body, and that is what the dress is about for me: taking advantage of that beauty,’ said Thom Browne to Vogue.
It was made from tulle and silk organza and filled with down. The hand-embroidered dress was also decorated with 30,000 feathers. It took 35 people more than 2,000 hours to create.
Lady Gaga – one of this year’s co-chairs – arrived in a humongous bright pink satin gown that boasted puffy sleeves and a matching oversized bow on her platinum locks as it was carried by a number of tuxedo-wearing men with black umbrellas.
The ensemble was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell.