The facts, the gossip and the all important outfits…
What is it: Apart from the biggest and boldest night in the fashion calendar, the Met Gala is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of US Vogue, chairs the event deciding who makes the exclusive guest list and choosing celebrities to join her as co-hosts. This year she chose Serena Williams, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga and Alessandro Michele.
The theme: This year was Camp: Notes On Fashion. Each year the theme of the exhibit dictates the theme for the evening and the invited guests are expected to dress appropriately.
What actually happens: The stars that grabbed a coveted invite walk the carpet, browse the exhibition, have a slap-up dinner and watch a performance – this year from Cher.
The Gala attracts a lot of attention and fashion fans excitedly await the outfits and gossip from the evening; and this year was no different. So let’s talk about what happened…
The most important lady of the event, Anna Wintour, arrived first to the pink carpet. Obviously, she nailed the theme in a Chanel column dress, heavily embellished with crystal flowers, and a pink feather cape.
Next came the hosts of the evening.
Serena Williams stuck to her sporty roots rocking Nike high-tops with her Versace dress.
Harry Styles gave the middle (nail painted) finger to toxic masculinity in a Gucci ‘fit complete with pearl earring and ring adorned hands.
Alessandro Michelle, the Creative Designer of Gucci, rocked a pink satin one peice suit complete with a silver head dress.
But it was Lady Gaga that stole the show, arriving in an old-school-OTT-Gaga-style hot pink gown with a train so long it required four tux-wearing men to carry it.
But she didn’t stop there. It turns out the pink gown was the Russian doll of dresses, opening up to reveal a black dress with a large bustle, then a hot pink satin number, THEN a black diamanté underwear and tights combo that anyone would want to show off. She really gave us FOUR looks in FIFTEEN minutes. A historic Met moment.
Our favourite Momager rocked a platinum bob, exclaiming that Kylie insisted she needed to go for blonde hair just four hours before she hit the pink carpet.
Frank Ocean showed up in a simple monochrome look, attracting criticism of him missing the theme, as well as people likening him to a security guard.
Kim K wore a custom Thierry Mugler piece, the first design from Manfred Thierry Mugler in 20 years. The attention to detail was exquisite – beads matching the dress ‘dripped’ from her nails.
Kendall and Kylie came as a duo and stunned in extravagant lilac and orange gowns.
Emma Roberts embraced the theme and wowed in a tulle Giambattista Valli gown.
Katy Perry seemed to channel Beauty and the Beast’s Lumiere in a chandelier/candlebra inspired piece.
Before changing into, urm, a hamburger for the After Party.
James Charles attracted controversy on Twitter, with people saying his look was more Coachella appropriate and questioning why he deserved an invitation (we’re guessing his immense YouTube popularity and 16.2 million followers have something to do with it).
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Beyoncé and Rihanna were no shows, disappointing fans who eagerly awaited their appearance.
Shawn Mendes and Richard Madden wore all black suits, calling people to say they did not do enough to match the theme.
Lupita N’Yongo looked like a butterfly queen.
Lena Waithe made a statement in a Pyer Moss suit emblazoned with the words ‘Black Drag Queens Invented Camp’.
Celine Dion’s Oscar De La Renta gown took over 3,000 hours to create.
Riverdale Stars proved they deserve their places on the guest list. Madeline Petsch was an ethereal beauty in a mint green gown fairy princess gown.
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse were #couplegoals.
Zendaya gave us a Cinderella story is a light-up fairytale gown complete with a crystal-embellished pumpkin carriage shaped bag.
Saoirse Ronan gave us superhero vibes in a red, green and gold sequin number.
Another star-studded evening draws to a close… Who was your best dressed?