Met Gala 2019: Celebrities reveal their ‘campest’ looks on the red carpet

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The Met Gala, an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is considered one of the world’s biggest fashion events.

It is known for its exclusive guest list, its expensive tickets and – most of all – its extravagant outfits, based on a different theme each year.

This year, that theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion – to coincide with an upcoming exhibition at the Met, inspired by US writer and political activist Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

The outfits this year were therefore, like the exhibition, based on “irony, humour, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration”.

And showing everyone how it was done at the very start of the night was singer Lady Gaga, who arrived in a billowing pink outfit which was not quite what it seemed at first glance.

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga, one of the event’s co-hosts, arrived in a billowing pink outfit…

Lady Gaga at Met Gala second outfit

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Which opened up to reveal a black gown, her second outfit…

Lady Gaga

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Which was then cast aside in favour of Lady Gaga’s third outfit, a slim-fitting pink gown

Lady Gaga

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…Which she then took off, to reveal her final outfit

Serena Williams

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Serena Williams, who is also co-hosting, arrived in a neon yellow gown – with matching Nike trainers

Janelle Monae

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Singer Janelle Monae turned heads in a gown complete with a blinking eye

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Lupita Nyong'o smiles

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Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o smiles for the camera

Michael Urie

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Actor Michael Urie has gone for two looks in one

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Ezra Miller holds up a mask

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Actor Ezra Miller shows off some very impressive (and unsettling) make-up art

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry is dressed as a chandelier

Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrives for the 2019 Met Gala

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Reality TV family the Kardashians were out in force for this year’s event

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

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Here are newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who are said to have first met at the Met Gala in 2017

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British actress Sophie Turner and husband musician Joe Jonas arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York

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They were followed down the red carpet by Nick’s older brother Joe and his even newer wife, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner

Deepika Padukone

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Bollywood star Deepika Padukone channelled Barbie in a large pink gown

Laverne Cox

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Laverne Cox went for a sleek black dress and bold make up

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Harry Styles

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The third co-host is Harry Styles, who wore a sheer black top and high-waisted trousers

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Alessandro Michele

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Alessandro Michele, of Gucci fashion house, is the event’s final co-host

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Billy Porter

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Singer Billy Porter made an entrance before flexing his wings in front of the crowds

Jordan Roth

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And theatre owner Jordan Roth has, very aptly, turned himself into a theatre hall

Celine Dion

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Celine Dion, perhaps the original queen of ‘camp’, did not disappoint

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Jared Leto holds up a model of his head

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Actor Jared Leto clearly believes that two heads are better than one

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Aquaria

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US drag queen Aquaria went for painted hair and diamante hand-pieces

Yara Shahidi

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While actor Yara Shahidi has gone all out with the feathers…

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Anna Wintour

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…Much like the Met Gala’s main host, Vogue editor Anna Wintour

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