Last year’s Met Gala just might be the most exciting red carpet we’ve had in a very long time. While we can’t dismiss the unforgettable looks of years past (Rihanna’s papal-inspired gown from 2018; Beyoncé’s 2015 sheer Givenchy number; Solange’s sunshine-yellow fan dress from 2017), last year’s theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, brought the event into a whole new stratosphere.
You know that scene in Mean Girls when they say Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut, and no one can say anything about it? The Met Gala is like that, but for over-the-top fashion. Meaning, last year’s Met Gala’s attendees should have thrown all caution to the wind and asked their stylists to assemble an arsenal of outrageous silhouettes, offensive material, and props and accessories risqué enough to almost get someone arrested. All you really had to do was invoke the campiness of a John Waters movie and you’d be set. (BTW, it’s a lowdown dirty shame that John Waters was not hosting this event. He IS the king of camp, after all.)
Let’s give a shoutout to the following celebs who took the “Camp” theme to the limit.
From the four outfit changes to the campy props, like this big ass Zack Morris phone, Gaga proves she’s the only celeb who could have pulled off such a grand entrance…
Until Billy Porter, that is. Not only is he dressed like an Egyptian pharaoh, but he also summoned Mariah Carey vibes by being carried onto the red, er pink, carpet by six hunky men. If side-eyes could kill…
Je téléphone à la police, because Celine is killing it.
Can any other man pull off a sheer pussybow blouse as well as Harry gawtdamn Styles?!
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
More goth than camp, and yet we still stan.
Cole Sprouse and Lily Reinhart
Fashionable #couplegoals, right here.
This is the ketchup version of Rihanna’s mustard look in 2015.
Remember at the end of Never Been Kissed when Jessica Alba and Co. dressed up like Barbies? This is the vibe. We’re in love with her snack charm nail art.
YES, KATY. Serving Lumiere looks.
We’ve got our eye on you, Janelle.
Oh wait, we got our eyes on YOU, Ezra Miller. NOW, THIS IS CAMP.
Fruit Stripe gum personified.
Kim Kardashian West
Taking “the wet look” in a different direction.
The ruffled rainbow shoulders, the gold hair pick combs…we love everything about this, Lupita.
We feelin’ good as hell, now that Lizzo has arrived.
If Cinderella went to a rave instead of a ball.
We knew someone had to wear Viktor and Rolf to the event, and we’re so glad it was scream queen Emma Roberts.
Is this a lowkey homage to Lil’ Kim, circa 1998 MTV Movie Awards? If so, we applaud.
Kacey pulled off this Barbie-inspired look like a pro.
A snow queen in May.
We’re having a religious experience looking at this glorious caftan.
This exposed thong situation reminds us of the early 2000s.
If you can’t dress like a Las Vegas showgirl at the Met Gala, where can you? (Besides Vegas, OBV.)
Our momager with shoulder pads as big as her bank accounts.
A bondage-style ponytail? Genius.
Obsessed with Mindy as a peachy-pink blonde.
We’re not sure what we love more, Laverne’s gothstravaganza gown, or her teal hair and matching makeup.
Serena looks like a springtime goddess in this yellow Atelier Versace gown, complete with matching yellow Nikes.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas
We love this bird-in-a-cage thing Priyanka has going on.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
Matching outfits for the young couple.
A gilded goddess if we ever saw one!
The two-tone jumpsuit, the Klaus Nomi-inspired shoulders, that deep smokey shadow…we love us some Natasha Lyonne.
Yep, Jared Leto wins.