As host of the 2019 Met Gala, Lady Gaga was always going to bring her A game.
But even by her high standards, the singer outdid herself with four outfit changes before the fashion world’s biggest night of the year even kicked off.
First up, Gaga – with a phalanx of minders – marched through the New York streets in the ultimate parachute dress. The hot pink cape look with 25-foot (7.6 metre) train and matching headpiece was by Brandon Maxwell, who designed all her looks for the coveted event.
“Lady Gaga took the camp theme too literally and brought her own tent,” one Twitter user wrote of the first dress, which at one point threatened to engulf its wearer.
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The A Star is Born actor, 33, then turned the steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art into her own stage on Monday night (US time.)
Flanked by dancers, make-up artist Sarah Tanno and her personal photographer, she was helped up the Met stairs to kick off her interpretation of the night’s theme, ‘Camp’.
But Gaga wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry.
Starting a 15-minute turn that stopped all other celebrity traffic, she slipped off the ballooning dress to reveal a second look, a corseted black strapless dress with asymmetric bustle.
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Popping open an umbrella, the star twirled and posed in the dress, flirting up a storm with photographers.
She reached peak camp when she slipped off the black look, and showcased a hot pink sheath underneath. Her major accessory? A clunky 1980s ‘brick’ mobile phone that she pretended to speak into.
While wearing the second pink dress, Gaga – who stuck on rhinestone sunglasses and a Tiffany and Co butterfly necklace – applied lipstick and hammed it up totally.
Her final look was even more show stopping, with the singer stripping down to just a crystal bra, brief and fishnet stockings. She was armed with a trolley full of booze and a sign reading ‘Haus of Gaga.’
Twitter duly lost it over the carefully-choreographed arrival of the Oscar nominee, which all unfolded while the event’s welcoming committee, including event organiser Anna Wintour, waited at the top of the steps.
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Gaga was hardly the only star to make a dramatic entrance at the 72-year-old Met Gala, whose guests are handpicked by US Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour.
“I hope they have a lot of fun,” Wintour said of the heavy-hitting crowd.
“The more crazy the better.”
Enter Jared Leto, who carried his own (fake) head, Tiffany Haddish who toted fried chicken in a bag and newlyweds Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, who were matchy-match in geometric prints.
Katy Perry came as a chandelier and was nearly brought undone by her headpiece as she staggered up the stairs.
Miley Cyrus went ’80s glam, Kardashian ‘momager’ Kris Jenner decided two hours before the event to go blonde and Benedict Cumberbatch rocked his own brand of camp in head-to-toe white, including a fedora.
Kim Kardashian, in a Thierry Mugler wet-look dress and Mr Pearl corset, was looking forward to getting to the top of the famous stairs so she could go inside and breathe away from the cameras.
“It’s insane,” Kardashian – who went on a plant-based diet for two weeks before the Met Gala – said of the tightness of her corset.
She couldn’t wait until Tuesday morning: “I’m having doughnuts delivered, hot and fresh. Vanilla.”
See all the best and worst Met Gala looks in The New Daily on Wednesday.