Entertainment Celebrity #MetGalaChallenge blends high fashion with self-isolation chic to recreate iconic looks

#MetGalaChallenge blends high fashion with self-isolation chic to recreate iconic looks

Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and singer-songwriter and actress Lady Gaga are seen arriving to the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City.
Lady Gaga's 2019 look was recreated for the Met Gala Challenge using bed sheets, a laundry basket and a bum bag. Photo: Getty
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The Met Gala has been held at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on the first Monday of May for more than a decade, but the coronavirus outbreak prompted a venue change for this year’s event.

This time last year, social media feeds were clogged with photos of celebrities walking the red carpet in elaborate and fabulously impractical outfits.

But in 2020 the bold looks were being served from backyards and lounge rooms as the fashion event was moved online.

Vogue ran a live-stream YouTube version of the event, featuring the magazine’s editor Anna Wintour, Florence Welch, Cardi B and a DJ set from Virgil Abloh.

In partnership with red carpet icon Billy Porter, the fashion magazine also encouraged people to get into the Met Gala spirit by participating in the #MetGalaChallenge to recreate looks from previous years.

Repurposing the looks from yesteryear tied in perfectly with this year’s Met Gala’s theme, About Time: Fashion and Duration.

It gave designers a chance to show off their skills, like Olivia Mears, who runs the popular cosplay account AvantGeek.

Mears recreated Gigi Hadid’s Versace look from 2018 using Christmas wrapping paper and a pillowcase.

Fellow cosplayer behind the Twitter account crescentshaycos recreated Lady Gaga’s theatrical entrance in 2019, comprising of four outfits and a whole lot of sass.

She used only items she had at home, however, she had to splash out for a set of bright pink bed sheets for the first stage of the outfit.

The costumer designer replicated Lady Gaga’s black structured dress with the help of a laundry basket, a bit of cardboard and a bum bag.

Sanja Nestorovic used newspaper, specifically The New York Times, to fashion Rihanna’s pope-like ensemble from 2018:


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Nestorovic also used sparkly sticky tape, a plastic bag and a cereal box to make Emily Ratajkowski’s 2019 outfit come to life in all its shimmery splendour:


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Lana Condor’s pink puffy look from last year was reimagined by the designer behind the noedresses Instagram account.
She used materials salvaged from bins in her neighbourhood, including padding used for protecting furniture in transit:


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Kat McNamara used shower curtains, duct tape and a paper bag to bring us Gigi Hadid’s 2017 Tommy Hilfiger dress:

But it wasn’t just those with dedicated fashion followers who had a crack at the challenge.

There were a few entries that blended the theme with the popular working-from-home blanket chic look:

There was also an alfoil nod to Lana Del Rey:

Actor Mindy Kaling used a tarp and some Christmas lights to expertly reproduce Jared Leto’s severed head classic:

And of course someone had to recreate THAT iconic, slightly omelette-y stunner from Rihanna in 2015: