The first Monday in May, is what the fashion-loving community would refer to as the Met Gala. The annual high-brow dinner event, marks the opening of a new exhibition within the Costume Institute of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. And because it is in honour of the Costume Institute after all, there's almost no reason for measured restraint and minimalism (unless the occasion called for it, for course).
This year's Met Gala however, is quite possibly the one where no guest in attendance should have held back. Taking reference from Susan Sontag's essay 'Notes on "Camp"', the exhibition celebrates individuality and all things unexpected, unapologetically loud, and queerness. Camp: Notes on Fashion was poised to bring out the gaudy, tacky but also curiously attractive. And a majority of attendees did just that.
Well, except maybe Kanye West and Frank Ocean, who both looked like they didn't quite get the memo. (But could dressing the opposite of what was expected, somehow be described as 'camp' too?)
It's quite difficult to point out the worst looks on the pink (of course) carpet at this year's Met Gala, because 'camp' by definition, isn't exactly bound by any sort of fashion rules. If anything, our picks for the best and most outrageous are simply chosen because they embodied what the theme was all about, and took unexpected risks.
And for some of them, they just looked ridiculously elaborate, one can't help but experience a mix of bewilderment and awe.
Scroll through the gallery above to see our picks of the best and most outrageous looks on the pink carpet of the 2019 Met Gala.
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