Hitting the ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ dress code at the 2019 Met Gala on Monday night (US time) was easier for some stars than others.
Harry Styles simply slipped on a sheer black shirt and pearl drop earring for the annual New York fete of fabulousness. Serena Williams changed from a billowing Atelier Versace floral dress into thigh-high boots, a corset and tiny shorts. And Joan Collins, in white feathers and gloves, came as herself.
But Kanye West looked like the only camp he was about was dropping a kid off at one. His wife Kim Kardashian-West, meanwhile, enticed retired Thierry Mugler to spend eight months designing a latex dress: “He envisioned me this California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping,” she said.
Camp or not? Please, you be the judge.
Now. Cardi B’s Thom Browne dress worn with Stephen Jones headpiece was the biggest of the night but more pointless than camp.
Lady Gaga also came in hot, arriving in a pink Brandon Maxwell cape before changing three times and ending up in bra and knickers.
Leto, vaguely Rasputinish in a Gucci suit with chain detail, brought along his own (fake) head for unexplained reasons.
Jennifer Lopez was shameless in her posturing, thankfully. The spangled wig and sequinned Atelier Versace gown looked a touch ‘sea anemone out on the tear’, but full marks for effort.
Love Baz Luhrmann’s boots and suit but his costume designer wife Catherine Martin looked more camp follower in a cutesy cheongsam.
Is that Odd Job’s hat? Tiffany Haddish went for full zebra print and packed chicken she fried herself in the matching clutch.
Cara Delevingne was perfectly bonkers in candy-striped Dior with themed shoes, a cane and headpiece with fruit and eyeballs.
Gigi Hadid in a silver Michael Kors catsuit with built-in boots and feathered cloak plus Stephen Jones cap. So good.
In Dior Haute Couture, Priyanka Chopra was more space angel than camp but man, she went all out.
Kacey Musgraves said getting into her Moschino outfit, “I felt like I was in a doll shop.” Yup. The hairdryer bag and Barbie vibe was a clue.
Katy Perry came as a working Swarovski crystal chandelier from Moschino by Jeremy Scott. This is how to light up a room.
Celine Dion put on a clinic in her shimmering fringed Oscar de la Renta bodysuit. Showed showgirls never go out of style.
Kendall Jenner also went full showgirl, but the entertainment factor on her Atelier Versace was feathers and beading.
Janelle Monae was more arty than camp, but holy hell this woman loves a dress up: This time, a stack of Sarah Sokol Millinery hats with a Dali-inspired Christian Siriano outfit.
Solange Knowles rocked head-to-toe Salvatore Ferragamo.
Like sometime-rival Cardi B, Nicki Minaj went for quantity, not quality, in an Atelier Prabal Gurung that was part ancient Roman party girl, part babydoll nightie, all very amusing.
Bette Midler invented camp, so she and daughter Sophie von Haselberg can go as Witches of Eastwick pantomime as they damn well like.
Kylie Jenner looked like she’d escaped from Liberace’s mansion with only the mesh on her back.
Billy Porter came as an enigma.
And Jordan Roth was an interactive sun god.
Yara Shahidi chose an embellished Prada bodysuit with paillette-studded stockings, feathered cape and Marge Simpson hair.
Bella Hadid had the night’s best gems, thanks to Lorraine Schwartz, and the night’s best pixie, thanks to a wig.
Just like there’s always one man who wears a jean to the beach, there’s always one star who wears a Disney princess dress, sometimes even ironically. Zendaya took on the role, in a light-up ballgown with pumpkin coach clutch.
Lupita Nyong’o’s archival Bulgari hair combs were a high point, and she had a monopoly for the night on fairy wings. Call her a camp fire.